Introducing Rookery Park
Rookery House grounds are now classed as a small park but once upon a time those grounds surrounded a mansion. The following is a description found on the Internet which gives more detail.
'Rookery House in North Birmingham, was built circa 1724/5 and is a white three storied Georgian mansion with a slated roof that contains some 36 rooms, with some Victorian additions including a number of outbuildings referred to as the Stables. The house is a Grade II listed building and contains plaster and timber mouldings, cast iron mouldings, unfurled Doric Columns at the entrance, and decorative columns in the ‘Ball Room’. Rookery House has, via the granddaughter of the original owner, associations with William Wilberforce whose actions led to the abolition of slavery in Britain.
Rookery House enjoys a number of visitors daily. The park includes tennis courts, two play areas for young and older children, a formal Italian sunken garden and a large open area with a football pitch in winter months. The park is maintained by staff who use offices within Rookery House itself and it has been agreed that Birmingham Council will continue to rent offices in the house while restoration process is proceeding.'
The area around the house has considerable archaeological interest.'
I don't know when the agreement was made but there certainly seems to be no hurry reaching a decision on the future of this once lovely building.
Isn't it sad that such a lovely house should be allowed to decline to this state. It isn't yet known what it will be used for... someone suggested a supermarket, a comment I hope wasn't heard by anyone in authority.