Here is a more developed version of the news item yesterday about the fire at Manor House, formally the home of the Cadbury family until it was given to the University of Birmingham (1952) and subsequently converted to halls of residence.
For some of my time living in Manor House I had a room in the old building.
This photograph …
shows my room on fire. It is the room at the top left of the blazing building. It had a balcony (by this stage burned away) with window doors opening out to the balcony.
Now all that is left is seen in this photograph …
According to this article the building was built in 1820, and owned by the Cadbury family since 1894. The university had to close it down as a hall of residence because it could not be upgraded to modern standards, although this refers more to the extensive wings rather than the main building. I attended a final reunion dinner at the house some years ago, and we were told that then there had been thoughts of the site becoming a care home. It seems that the university sold the building in 2007, since when it has been boarded up with nothing further done to it.
The linked article suggests that the hone was not listed, which is not surprising because I do not think it was architecturally particularly interesting, although perhaps the historic links could have been grounds for listing.
The library of the house had been used for filming of the BBC’s Doctors soap opera.
I hope they make something from the site. The house was atop a slight hill, which is quite hard to build on. If nothing else, the historical connections deserve something more than just a housing estate,