The Lodge to Heathfield Hall, Handsworth - A Birmingham Gem!

The Lodge was a Gate-Keepers House to James Watt's Heathfield Hall in Handsworth, built in 1797. At 33 Radnor Road near West Drive. The hall existed from 1790 to 1927.


Where is The Lodge to Heathfield Hall?

The Lodge is located at 33 Radnor Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B20 3SP. It is now a private residence.

 

In brief

The gatehouse to Heathfield Hall was built in 1797, it led to the home of James Watt from 1790, until his death in 1819. The hall itself was sadly demolished in 1927, and contents of Watt's lab was relocated to the Science Museum in London.

Heathfield Hall LodgeThe Lodge to Heathfield Hall (September 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The gatehouse to Heathfield Hall, Handsworth - history of the build

James Watt moved to Handsworth on the completion of Heathfield Hall in 1790. The lodge (or gatehouse) was built on what is now Radnor Road in 1797. Watt died in the hall in 1819. The contents were untouched for more than a century, before they were moved to the Science Museum in London in 1924. The hall itself was later demolished by 1927. The land was sold for the development of housing, around West Drive and North Drive, although the lodge of 1797 survived.

Heathfield Hall LodgeThe Lodge to Heathfield Hall (September 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Heathfield Hall LodgeThe Lodge to Heathfield Hall (September 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Blue plaque from the Birmingham Civic Society

In 2019, the Birmingham Civic Society unveiled a new blue plaque on the lodge, in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the death of James Watt.

Heathfield Hall LodgeThe Lodge to Heathfield Hall (September 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Stone plaque at The Lodge

There was also a previous stone plaque on the lodge. Which confirms the 1797 date of when the lodge was originally built.

Heathfield Hall LodgeThe Lodge to Heathfield Hall (September 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown
 

Project dates

03 May 2021 - On-going

Passions

History & heritage, Civic pride, Classic Architecture

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