Photo By D J Norton

The New Birmingham c. 1964

Project 39

Colmore Row
1964 Status
2014 Status
Great Western Arcade

Great Western Arcade, originally opened in 1876, was damaged by wartime bombing raids.  This led to a need to replace both the roof and the Colmore Row entrance to the arcade.  This work was completed in 1961.  The entrance was re-worked again in 1988 and was far removed from the ornate, original Temple Row entrance, seen below.  This re-worked entrance remained in 2014.

Great Western Arcade, c. mid 1964

The rather functional Colmore Row entrance of the Great Western Arcade, c.  mid 1964.  Picture from the Geoff Thompson Archive.

Temple Row Great Western Arcade, July 2008

Originally, the Colmore Row entrance would have looked like the entrance in Temple Row(pictured July 2008) but was actually double its height!

Colmore Row Great Western Arcade, June 2014

Colmore Row entrance to the Great Western Arcade, June 2014