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The Jewellery Quarter History and Guide 2nd edition has over 150 photographs, many of which are unique, and has 148 pages packed with the history of the Jewellery Quarter, and makes an ideal gift for anyone who has memories of the Jewellery Quarter, or for those keen on the development of the area. Note published over 20 years ago so some of the content has changed considerably!
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A 20 page (inc cover) A5 booklet we did as a souvenir of The ‘Chamberlain Clock’ which has become an established landmark within the City, this publication was to mark the centenary of such a well known symbol of the heritage and culture of Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. This was back in 2002 when it was first published. 20 photos are published including the clocks restoration.
John Cattell, Bob Hawkins
The Birmingham Jewellery Quarter contains the best and most extensive surviving group of Victorian and 20th-century buildings devoted to the manufacture of jewellery in Europe. The Quarter is still a vibrant manufacturing community, with people often still working from original premises and in many cases using original machinery and tools. This booklet distils the findings of an extensive architectural survey carried out in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. The first section explains the evolution of the Quarter and acts as an introduction to its characteristic buildings, the people who work there, and their products. The second section provides a walking tour of the Quarter, highlighting some of the most significant buildings, which readers can use to explore the area.
A 20 page A5 booklet we did as a souvenir of The ‘Chamberlain Clock’ which has become an established landmark within the City, this publication was to mark the centenary of such a well known symbol of the heritage and culture of Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. This was back in 2002 when it was first published. 20 photos are published including the clocks restoration.
Starting with an overview of the Jewellery Quarter’s origins and development, chapters follow with personal narratives from those working in the Quarter today, including the editor of The Hockley Flyer Marie Haddleton. Personal stories are followed by a series of individual and old established firms still at work today.
Their stories include Deakin and Francis gold jewellery including cufflinks, Charles Green with diamond and gold production, The Acme Whistle Company and their world famous productions used by Police Forces and at Cup Finals, Toye Kenning & Spencer and their military insignia, medals and buttons, Thomas Fattorini Ltd, silversmiths, and medallists, Gladman and Norman with their military brooches and medals (including the new Elizabeth Cross), not forgetting The Assay Office and their hallmarks and The Pen Room which traces Birmingham’s pen trade from Priestley and Boulton’s day to date. Smaller jewellery manufacturers are not forgotten including those producing contemporary work such as Crescent Silver and Silver Birch. The work of the Jewellery Quarter Museum completes the story.
‘When Hockley was in the old Manor of Birmingham it was the largest district with clearly defined boundaries. Today the boundaries around this inner city district, part of the massive conurbation Birmingham became, are indistinct to many who lived or live within.
The world renowned Jewellery Quarter and St Pauls Church have long been established in Hockley and still provide a major contribution to the workforce and the district’s history. This fascinating selection of more than 180 photographs traces some of the many ways in which Hockley has changed and developed over the last century.
This fascinating collection of photographs, including many rare and old images (some from as early as 1865) explores Hockley over the past century and a half, and details the social, architectural and functional changes in the area.
With sections on industry, transport, leisure and religion, all aspects of everyday life are covered. This volume provides a unique insight into life in the town as it used to be. This book will be a nostalgic journey for older residents and a revelation to newcomers to the area.