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Preserve Northfield Manor says local historian
Northfield Manor - courtesy Mike Vale
There are calls for Northfield Manor to become a listed building

Historian and local resident Mike Vale is campaigning for Northfield Manor, or The Manor House as it is known locally, to be given listed building status.

Built in 1820, it became the home of George Cadbury and his wife Elizabeth in 1894.

George Cadbury lived at the Manor House until his death in 1922.

The building was given to The University of Birmingham in 1952, but was sold off in 2007 and has remained derelict ever since.

Bleak future

Mike is concerned about the future of the building and feels it should be preserved because of its historical significance and because of how much George Cadbury did for the people of Birmingham.

Mike from Northfield has been trying to discover what the future is for Northfield Manor, but says he has hit a wall of silence.

Mike was shocked when he found out the building wasn't listed and thinks it should be in order to honour the local legacy of the Birmingham chocolate maker.

George Cadbury

"The rumours are they're going to build houses here which is of course totally against the whole aspect of George Cadbury.

"The Cadburys gave this to the people of Birmingham for a university for educational purposes.

"Now it's been sold off by the university and it looks like it's going to be the development of property for commercial gain, which is against everything George Cadbury stood for."

Mike approached the planning department to find out who owns the property and to find out what is going to happen to the Manor House, which is nestled in Manor Farm Park just off the Bristol Road.

As Mike couldn't provide a postcode for the location (the Manor house is in the middle of a park), he says they couldn't give him any information about it.

"I think this is a great shame, when you think about all of the things George Cadbury did for this area.

"He gave the orthopaedic hospital, he have the Lickey Hills to the people of Birmingham, he set up the Cadbury schools, he gave money to set up pensions for his workers at Bournville, he built the Bournville Village Trust - the houses with their gardens, he did all of that for people and now his house where he died in 1922 is derelict and nothing's been done about it.

"When you think about the history of the place, of who lived there and the things he did, not only on a local scale but on a national scale...I think it's an absolute scandal."

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