Birmingham City Council

Benjamin Stone " - I have aimed at recording history with the camera"

Photographs from the recent exhibitionKnight of the Camera
in Centenary Square, Birmingham


 Heathfield Hall, Handsworth
Politician and Photographer

John Benjamin Stone was born in Aston in 1838. Stone represented Duddeston Ward on Birmingham Town Council from 1869-1878. He founded and was later president of the Birmingham Conservative Association. Stone decided to master the art of photography...

 Farm workers at Perry Barr, circa 1900

The Stone Collection

The Archives and Heritage Service of the Central Library holds the Stone Photograph Collection. It comprises of some 22,000 mounted photographs covering various themes. Stone is probably best known for his photographs of rustic characters and ancient buildings. The Digital Handsworth Project has digitised all of the images relating to Handsworth. The two shown here are representative of the coverage. Heathfield Hall was built in 1790 by James Watt; it stood between Hamstead Road, Church Hill Road and Heathfield Road. It was eventually demolished in 1927. The photograph of farm labourers from Booth's Farm in Perry Barr was taken in 1900.


Biographical details of Sir J. Benjamin Stone
The Benjamin Stone Collection
Handsworth in the Blitz
Digital Handsworth Project
Plan of the parish of Handsworth 1872
Vanley Burke: Handsworth from the inside
George Hallett: Handsworth Through Southern Eyes
The Warwickshire Photographic Survey
Boulton, Watt and Murdoch
Hot Air Over Handsworth: Lieutenant Lempriere
Wish you were here?: Handsworth on postcards