Victorian Birmingham gets flattened: time-lapse video

Before the wrecking ball arrivedIn the 1960s and 70s, amateur snapper Derek Fairbrother made over 20 photographic time-lapse sequences showing the demolition of old buildings and their replacement by new buildings and road systems in Birmingham’s city centre.

Gasp as delightful Victorian Gothic buildings in Chamberlain Square with real architectural worth get crushed into dust and sigh as vast slabs of civic concrete go up in their place.

We’ve been documenting the demise of equally beautiful buildings in the Brixton history part of the site, and it’s sad to see what’s replaced some of the fine workmanship of the past.

Birmingham timelapse from 7inch cinema on Vimeo.

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360 degree interactive panorama of Chamberlain Square
Birmingham – photo feature