Friends' Institute buildings

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The Moseley Road frontage in 2012

The Friends Institute Buildings are a former Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) meeting house, community facilities, and associated structures, at 200, Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, England. The various parts are now used as a church, school and the Moseley Road Community Centre. In September 2014, the buildings were granted Grade II* designation.[1][2][3]


The buildings were completed in 1897,[2] to designs by local architect Ewan Harper, possibly with the involvement of his younger brother James, and paid for by local philanthropists (and Quakers) the Cadbury family, chiefly Richard Cadbury.[1]

The Yearly Meeting for Quakers, was held in the building (instead of its usual London venue) in 1908 and 1954.[1]

The hall's original organ was replaced by larger instrument (now missing). A war memorial was installed on the staircase.[1]

The Dolobran Athletics Club had use of the basement, as a gymnasium. The first international athletics match between England, Ireland and Scotland was held there in March 1900.[1][3]


The red brick building, with terracotta decoration, is little altered, inside and out. The original 37 classrooms remain, though some dividing walls have been removed.[1] An assembly hall, with the capacity for 2,000 people, is at the rear.[1] The entrance leads to a central corridor, flanked by a reading room and a coffee room, with a lecture room above.[1]

Current use

The assembly room is now owned and used by the New Testament Church.[1] The remainder is owned by Birmingham City Council, part used as a school and part for community functions.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 English heritage survey report
  2. 2.0 2.1 Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1418995)". National Heritage List for England.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Barnfield, Stacey (6 October 2014). "Friends' Institute Quaker building on Moseley Road handed Grade II* listed status - Birmingham Post". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 6 October 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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