24th Sep, 2017

Postcard returns home to Acocks Green, 110 years after it was first posted

A POSTCARD which was sent from an Acocks Green home to Edinburgh more than 110 years ago has been returned home.

Starting from Elmdon Lodge on Elmdon Road in Acocks Green, the postcard was sent from the house of Birmingham architect John Coulson Nicol.

Nicol, who designed Elmdon Lodge, and the locally listed 50 Yardley Road, also designed the Piccadilly Arcade in New Street, Birmingham.

However, the postcard depicts another Nicol building – The Birmingham Technical School.

Now demolished, the building was the starting point of the University of Aston.

The postcard was identified on eBay by Acocks Green historian Mike Byrne, who has been involved in creating a series of historic walks in the region.

Katherine Devlin, whose family have run Elmdon Lodge as a Guest House for 50 years, said: “We are delighted to have been informed about the eBay sale of the post card.

“It is now in our possession back where it started its journey 113 years ago.

“Our guests are always curious about the history of the property and this has added another point of interest to our home.

“I wonder what John Coulson Nichol would have thought if he had known someone had carefully treasured this postcard for so long and that it will be treasured by another family for many years to come.”

Mike Byrne added: “eBay can be a happy hunting ground for local historians.

“When a postcard was offered for sale which mentioned both a local architect and one of his buildings.

“A century after it first took flight, this card is now ‘back home’.”

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