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By admin On Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
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New book How Birmingham was the World Centre of Steel Pen Nib Manufacturing

A new book written by Sutton Coldfield historian Brian Jones and volunteers at Birmingham’s Pen Museum highlights the crucial role of women in making Birmingham the global centre of the steel pen nib manufacturing More...

By admin On Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
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Graham Street Baptist Chapel – Mount Zion Buildings

In connection with the removal of the Graham Street Baptist Church to Handsworth, it is announced that after Oct 20th 1913, the Mount Zion Chapel buildings will be closed for religious purposes. On and after Oct More...

By admin On Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
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Kaye House – Home of Charles Edge: Architect

1800-1867 Kaye House, a very large house overlooking the Warstone Lane Cemetery Catacombs was the home of Charles Edge (Architect). The house was demolished in 1892 but around fifteen years ago the base of several More...

By admin On Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
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HSBC Bank (formerly The Midland Bank)

The HSBC Bank is on the corner of Warstone Lane/Vyse Street. This bank was originally the Midland Bank and the present HSBC bank hold the original leather bound draft book dating from 1893. (When the HSBC changed More...

By admin On Saturday, November 30th, 2013
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Explosion in Anti-corrosive and Percussion Cap Manufactory

Graham Street (June 1862) Funeral of Brothers Richard and Thomas Simcox Walker ‘The remains of Messrs Richard and Thomas Simcox Walker, who perished in the explosion in the Graham Street works of R. Walker’s, More...

By admin On Saturday, November 30th, 2013
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Alleged Ill Usage of a Wife by her Husband

(Birmingham Daily Post April 29 1858) ‘The neighbourhood of Icknield Street and the Sand Pits was the scene of much excitement during the whole of yesterday, arising out of the following melancholy ocurrence: A More...

By admin On Saturday, November 30th, 2013
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Burial of The Suicide – Disgraceful Proceedings at the Grave

(Morning Chronicle May 4 1858) ‘The remains of the woman Talbot, upon whose body an inquest was held on Friday last, were conveyed to the Church of England Cemetery on Sunday afternoon for internment. Considerable More...

By admin On Saturday, November 30th, 2013
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John Postgate FRCS

This Brief Biography is by John R Postgate, an un-sung hero who campaigned against the widespread practice of mixing food with all sorts of things to increase profits. It seems incredible that anyone would object More...

By admin On Saturday, November 30th, 2013
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Revd Edward H. Manning

 (Key Hill – K 526) This one is slightly different – I have included a short introduction to The Rev’d Edward H. Manning for those who may be unaware of the major part he played in the history of More...

By admin On Friday, November 29th, 2013
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William Murphy

This ‘Brief Biography’ is someone who most people would consider was “not a very nice man.” Many will know the phrase ‘The Murphy Riots’. by Doug Wilks Died March 12th, 1872 aged 48. Buried Key Hill More...

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