The Boating Lake

 

Boats are still available through the Spring and Summer months and can be hired from the Boathouse. A selection of Pedal and Rowing boats are available to hire for 30 minutes at a time.

Laid out on the north and south-facing slopes of a shallow valley in which the Grove Brook and Handsworth Brook are dammed to form a wide, approximately oval-shaped lake with an island towards the centre. The lake was created to the design of Edwin Kenworthy as a boating pond in 1897, submerging the remains of a medieval moat; much of the former pleasure grounds associated with the rectory were also flooded. A half-timbered and gabled boathouse, also designed by Kenworthy in 1897, which stood at the south-west end of the lake, does not survive; neither do the late 19th Century low railings shown surrounding the lake in early 20th century photographs. Source

The path as you walk in between the lake and the Victoria Jubilee Allotments is adjoined by a level lawn terraced into the north-facing slope and partly enclosed by holly hedges. This was a late 19th Century bowling green and was created on the site of the walled garden associated with the original rectory. Source

The Lake in 1959

The Lake in 1959

The Boating Lake in 1959. Taken by John Ball and shared by This Is Birmingham on Facebook.

Boating Lake in April 2015

Boating Lake in April 2015

A photo taken by Anthony Sartin and shared on Facebook.

Black and White Boating Lake

Black and White Boating Lake

An old photo of the lake shared on Birmingham History Forum on Facebook.

The View From The Lake

The View From The Lake

Looking towards St. Mary's church from one of the pedal boats. Shared by John Hayes on Twitter.

The View From The Boathouse

The View From The Boathouse

Taken by John Hayes and shared on Twitter.

Looking Down At The Lake

Looking Down At The Lake

Thanks to Leonard Price on Birmingham History Forum for sharing.

Very Early Spring Lake

Very Early Spring Lake

Thank you to Linda Baddeley for sharing on Facebook.

The View From The Railway Bridge

The View From The Railway Bridge

Thank you to Rob Kewley for sharing on Twitter.

April 2015

April 2015

Another picture taken and shared by Anthony Sartin on Facebook.

View across lake and uphill

View across lake and uphill

Promenade by the Lake

Promenade by the Lake

View of Lake and Boathouse

View of Lake and Boathouse

Boats out on the Lake

Boats out on the Lake

View across the lake to the Church

View across the lake to the Church

Lined up boats

Lined up boats

1913

1913

Boat Canopy

Boat Canopy

Does anyone know anything else about this 1930s look?

Frozen Lake

Frozen Lake

A rare Tinted postcard, and a rare freeze up of the Lake.

1913

1913

1913

1913

1962 Frozen Lake

1962 Frozen Lake

It was a very cold winter, and the ice was well over 4 inches thick. The event attracted the attention of the Birmingham Mail, and I have it in the back of mind, that supervised Ice Skating took place. The Lake is less than 3 foot deep, and that thickness of Ice would have rendered it very safe to skate on. - Dennis Neale

1962 Frozen Lake

1962 Frozen Lake

It was a very cold winter, and the ice was well over 4 inches thick. The event attracted the attention of the Birmingham Mail, and I have it in the back of mind, that supervised Ice Skating took place. The Lake is less than 3 foot deep, and that thickness of Ice would have rendered it very safe to skate on. - Dennis Neale

Early Photo

Early Photo

One of the very early, and rare, photographs of the Lake in the Park, dated from the 1890s. Not a bad picture either, given the equipment that was availiable at the time.

Lake to Boathouse

Lake to Boathouse

1912

1912

Lake Improvements

Lake Improvements

The Boating Lake hasn't always been the shape it is now. There were some extensive improvements in 1955, and more work was undertaken in 2006 as well.

Another Frozen lake

Another Frozen lake

1970s

April 2016

April 2016

December 2017

December 2017

December 2017

December 2017

October 2014

October 2014

April 2016

April 2016

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