Thursday, January 6, 2011

Postcard from the Custard Factory

Birmingham was once known as the 'city of a thousand trades'. One of the most successful Brummie products was Bird's Custard, although it's long since been sold off to some multinational conglomerate. As has much of Birmingham's city centre. Which is why it's so lovely that the factory which once made custard powder has been revamped to house a thriving community of creative types in the workshops, offices and boutiques tucked within its walls.

This is no identikit High Street. And I am pleased to report that, as befits a building with such sweet toothed heritage, the cakes in the cafe are delicious.

There may no longer be a thousand trades practised in Birmingham, but the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well.

5 comments:

Lexi said...

Nice buildings - why did our architects suddenly start designing ugly buildings? Can we blame Le Corbusier, who invented the vertical street and such nonsense?

postcardsfromk said...

Yes, lovely windows aren't they?

I don't mind cutting edge architecture as long as it's designed for use not just style. The worst thing is boring design though - when everywhere looks the same. Makes you not want to go anywhere.

K

Lexi said...

Ooh, not sure about that - I think the worst buildings are the 'in your face' ones that are impossible to ignore and dominate their neighbours. To the architect, they are a way of making a name. To all the people who live nearby, they are an eyesore.

Timberati said...

Never mind the building. Send picture of the cakes and coffee.

Nice picture though.

postcardsfromk said...

Sorry, had cake crumbs on fingers and was unable to operate the camera at that point! I like to keep my priorities in order.

K