The Friends Institute

The Friends Institute - The Friends Institute

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220 Moseley Road
West Midlands
B12 0DG

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0121 440 4873

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Friends Institute description

Community Hall

Medium (1-150)

The Friends’ Institute Building on Moseley Road, Birmingham, has been handed Grade II* listed status.

The historic Quaker building, the site of the first international athletics match between England, Ireland and Scotland, has been listed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of English Heritage.

Only 5.5 per cent of listed buildings in England are Grade II*, making them particularly important and of more than special interest.

One of the largest Quaker buildings in England, The Friends’ Institute was commissioned by Richard Cadbury, son of the chocolate company’s founder, and designed by the noted local architecture practice of Ewan and James Harper, who also designed the Methodist Central Hall on Corporation Street in the city centre.

The Friends’ Institute’s 37 classrooms, lecture theatre and assembly hall were used for adult education and social work in the area and reflect the Quakers’ values of education and philanthropy.

The building, which opened in 1897, was also the home of the Dolobran Athletic Club and was the venue for the first international athletics match between England, Ireland and Scotland in 1900.

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