It’s Birmingham’s very own model village; a garden suburb in the heart of a bustling city.

Confectionery entrepreneur and visionary George Cadbury built Bournville for the benefit of his employees more than 120 years ago and its design, layout and consideration for open space is still seen as a role model for town planning to this day.

Today, the estate, which covers 1,000 acres and has been credited as laying the foundations for the development of garden cities, is managed by Bournville Village Trust, which has delved into its archives to share pictures never published in the press before.

Picture from 1905. Homes that were amongst the first to be built on the Bournville estate
Picture from 1905. Homes that were amongst the first to be built on the Bournville estate
 

We’ve collated the stunning images with a selection from the Post archives in a 24-page digital magazine available to read now in our iPad/iPhone app.

It features images from the estate's early days, through the war years and pictures of how it looks today.

Click here to download the app.