Not many people will have heard of Edward Davison, however, he played a large part in King’s Heath life and his obituary was reported in the Birmingham Daily news in July 1908. He had died on 27th June 1908 at his residence Tenbury House at the age of 73. He was a native of Wakefield, Yorkshire where he was born in 1835. Mr. Davison came to Birmingham in 1851 to learn the trade of his uncle, whose business Joseph Nichols and Son, Cheapside became one of the largest wireworks in the kingdom. He was elected President of the Birmingham branch of the Federated Wireworkers and Weavers. In 1883 he became a sleeping partner in the Midland Wire Cordage Company, Vincent Street, Balsall Heath, formerly carried on at Sheffield, and some years later became sole proprietor. His son W H Davison soon took over the running of the business which allowed Edward more time to devote himself to public work. He was a staunch Liberal of the old school, and had not been in the city long before he became a member of the Birmingham Liberal Association. He had the honour of being a seconder of the nomination of the Right Hon. Joseph Chamberlain at the Town Hall meeting which selected that statesman as one of the Liberal candidates for Birmingham.
Edward became early associated with the work of All Saints Church, Kings Heath, in the vicariate of Rev. H J Coachafer, was elected a sidesman, and for some years served as parish warden, with Mr. Tom Pickernell as his co-warden. This post he resigned in 1897. His interest in local affairs led to his being elected a member of Kings Norton Parish Council, on its formation in 1894.
During the obituary it mentions that Midland Wire Cordage manufactured lightning conductors. Tenbury House (3 Tenbury Road) has its own lightning conductor. The clips that hold it to the wall have the words “Davison Safety” and the initials “MWCO” stamped onto them. Davison clearly had this lightning conductor installed there. There is another building on the corner of Tenbury Road and Alcester Road South, now a Doctor’s surgery. This too has a lightning conductor made by “MWCO”. Davison was quick to promote his lightning conductors to his neighbours. All Saints Church in Kings Heath also has a lightning conductor made by “MWCO” which is not surprising as Edward was church warden there. So next time you pass by these buildings or see any others with a lightning conductor attached to them. Go and have a look more closely as it may just be a “Davison Safety”. The chapels at Brandwood End also have a lightning conductor, but are inaccessible to the public. It would be interesting to find out if it too was made by the Midland Wire Cordage Company.
Edward was buried at Brandwood End Cemetery. His grave is situated by the large roundabout where the chapels are sited. As you walk from the lodge his is on the right as you go half way round the roundabout. His memorial is photographed above.
Information provided by Andy Bishop – Chair of Kings Heath Local History Society.
The sun shone through the trees during our Heritage Open Event held on Sunday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war and to remember all those involved.
This was the first time that Brandwood End Cemetery had featured in an Heritage Open Day event and we all agreed it had been a worthwhile experience. Dawn and her team from Birmingham Bereavement Services worked with the Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery to provide lots of interesting displays of memorabilia – and perhaps more importantly, tea and cakes!
Doug Smith, ably assisted by his team, read short monologues of soldiers experiences and members of ‘Troop Aid’ raised over £100 for their very worthwhile cause.
The Friends lead three successful walks covering a small number of graves significant in ww1, as well as chatting to members of the public who took the opportunity to come along and ‘show and tell’ their family items of ww1 memorabilia.
Our thanks to everyone who worked hard to make this a success and especially the members of the public who fitted our event in with so many others in the area today.
We met many new friends in the cemetery today and hope they will keep in touch with us via this web site.
A reminder that our Remembrance Service will take place at the Cross of Sacrifice on Sunday November 9th starting at 10.50am.
A great bat event this evening starting at Jasmin Fields and heading through the cemetery to finish at Brandwood Pool.
Our thanks to Brum Bats, who yet again manage to tell us so many fascinating ‘bat facts’ and our special thanks to all the bats who made an appearance this evening. Well over 30 adults and 4 young supporters enjoyed a really mild evening at this annual Ranger organised event.
Brandwood Pool, which lies adjacent to the cemetery, suffered some recent vandalism to its duck feeding plinth but Parks have come to the rescue and we are pleased to say it is now repaired and better than ever.
Newman Brothers Coffin Works in Fleet Street will soon be opening up to the public but I had a sneak preview today and on the wall there was a huge poster for Birmingham Conservation Trust. Imagine my surprise when I saw what featured in the centre!!
Many of you join us at our quarterly litter pick events in Brandwood End Cemetery. The dates for the year are posted in advance on our web pages but we do like to remind you as they approach.
This Saturday, 6th September, we will be meeting at the Lodge on the main drive at 10am. Stout footwear and gloves are recommended but we have a supply of litter pickers and bags.
We also maintain the Civilian Garden of Remembrance and if you would prefer to help with the mountain of weeding around its perimeter we would welcome assistance. You will need to provide your own tools/gloves/kneeler etc.
We look forward to seeing everyone on what we hope will be a dry day!
Explore the night with Brum Bats and the Ranger Service on a Bat walk through Jasmin fields Nature Reserve along the canal, through the cemetery to finish at Brandwood Pool.
Thursday 11th September 7.30-9pm meet at the Farm gate on Bayston Rd, facing Kinsey Grove B14 5AR
All ages welcome but under 16’s must be supervised.You will need to bring a Powerful torch and wear outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear.
Please contact the Ranger Service to book 0121 675 0937 – Spaces are limited so you will need to book in advance.