Moseley Jazz, Funk and Soul
Weekend tickets £99, Friday tickets £48, Saturday tickets £48, Sundays £48
A yearly event held in Moseley Park. A weekend of music, food and drink. The line up interesting and rather than type it all out here’s a link, but for me it was Chaka Khan that made my weekend. She is in her 70’s and still looks good.
Moseley Park and Pool is part of the former estate of Moseley Hall, which was rebuilt in 1792-1796 for John Taylor who was a Birmingham manufacturer. The Hall was been burnt down in the Birmingham Riots of 1791 when the mob rampaged around Birmingham setting fire to the residences of many landowners.
As well as the rebuild of the Hall Taylor commissioned a plan for the parkland from Humphry Repton who described himself as a landscape gardener, the first person to do so.
In the 19th century a lot of the land was let and the Moseley Hall estate started to be broken up for housing development. In 1896 the parkland was divided into two by the cutting of Salisbury Road which joined Moseley with Edgbaston. This separated the park from the land surrounding the Hall, which Richard Cadbury brought and later donated it to the City of Birmingham as a children’s convalescent hospital.
The Park was formally opened by Mr Austen Chamberlain MP on September 29th 1899. The Park and Pool Co. was managed by unpaid directors and access to the Park was for key holders and their households on payment of a small annual subscription, initially one guinea (£1.05). The lease on the Park was later extended and the freehold was purchased from the Taylor Estates in 1958.
In 2006 the limited company was converted to a charitable trust The Moseley Park and Pool Trust and is still a private park with access permitted to key holders only. The park is open a couple of days a year to the general public and for festivals and performances.