"...John Bowen the son of a Blacksmith walked into Birmingham with a sack of tools on his back and laid the foundations for his success..."
Welcome to this website which has been developed so that more people may learn about John Bowen. My primary aim is to seek out people that knew John Bowen, worked with him or for John Bowen & Sons.
There are some old and new photos contained within the Photo Gallery and more importantly a precis of John Bowen's life found in the Bowen HIstory page.
Please either send me an email or leave a blog on the Guestbook page so that I know you have visited and so that we can share our mutual interest.
The unveiling of a Birmingham Civic Society Blue Plaque at the Balsall Heath Church Centre on the 22 September 2014 by Tim Watts D.L., High Sheriff of the West Midlands supported by Michael Hogan, High Sheriff of Worcester and Philip Bowen, High Sheriff of Powys. The plaque was positioned on the 19th September at The Ark Tindal Primary School Tindal Street.
For more information about the work of the Birmingham Civic Society please visit www.birminghamcivicsociety.org.uk
Buildings recently discovered as having been built by John Bowen & Sons include -
1881 The Birmingham Provident Dispensary in Sherbourne Street Balsall Heath. Designed by Bateman and Corser.
1885 A. R. Dean's furniture store 90-102 Corporation Street Birmingham. Designed by William Jenkins.
1891 Warwick Road Sparkhill Wesleyan Chapel. Designed by William Hale.
1902 Head Office of The Wesleyan Assurance Company Steelhouse Lane Birmingham. Designed by Ewen Harper and Brother.
1903 Shirley Road Baptist Church (first building).
1914 The St Elizabeth's Church and School Foleshill Coventry. Designed by Harrison and Cox.
1915 Alterations to Birmingham Central Referance Library.
1932 Shirley Baptist Church (Second building)