‘Clewco’ Products (1836) – 111/113 Vyse Street

A shrewd anticipation of public taste, the production of well-made and inexpensive articles, and consistent advertising, made the productions of E J Clewley & Co., familiar to nearly every retailer, wholesaler and shipper in the jewellery trade in…

What’s Happening Now

Apartment Block Could Overshadow Cemeteries

JQH has objected to planning permission for a 7-8 storey development on the following points: The change of use from Industrial to residential use on the Mr Tyre site in Pitsford Street…

People, Pens & Production

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…

Plans Submitted for New Birmingham Assay Office

The Birmingham Assay Office is pleased to announce the submission of a planning application for Project Gateway, its scheme to create a new bespoke building in the Jewellery Quarter. The scheme has…

Lifetstyle then – what it was like

A ‘Temple of Relief’

The green painted Victorian Gent's 'Pissoir' in Vyse Street (right next to the railway station), known as 'The Temple of Relief' and Listed by English Heritage was made at the Walter Macfarlane foundry in Saracen, Scotland in 1880. It is described as: 'a cast iron gents…

Kenyon Street Police Station

(Researched by Marie E Haddleton and Sergeant Gordon Tracey) Click Here for more comments as its also published on The Hockley Flyer site Kenyon Street Police station became the headquarters of C Division of the Birmingham City Police in 1862 covering the Hockley, St Paul’s and…

Made In The Jewellery Quarter

York Terrace – Hockley Hill

(Once a busy, thriving community in a small space!) We are trying to trace all the companies who were once based in York…

The Hockley Two-Stroke

Hockley Hockley was a motorcycle produced from 1914 to 1916 by a firm in Barr Street, Birmingham. In the December of 1914, the company…

Historical Buildings

Fire Station – Albion Street.

Albion Street Fire Station The need for water for the fires…

George and Dragon Public House

After many years of neglect, the George & Dragon Public house on the corner of…

Graham Street Baptist Chapel – Mount Zion Buildings

In connection with the removal of the Graham Street Baptist Church to Handsworth, it is…

Important Historical Events

Preservation of the Icknield Street Boulder

Professor Kay superintending the placing of the Boulder in its new…

General Grant’s Visit to the Jewellery Quarter

When the Ex-president of the United States honoured Birmingham with his presence, the Municipal Authorities…

Company History

‘Clewco’ Products (1836) – 111/113 Vyse Street

A shrewd anticipation of public taste, the production of well-made and inexpensive articles, and consistent advertising, made the productions of…

They Specialize for the Smoker

The firm of Harman Bros. Ltd in Vyse Street, was founded in 1923 and the unusually rapid growth of the…

The Canning Story – 1785-1985

By Marie Haddleton & Courtesy David A Thomas David A Thomas: David A Thomas (firmly established as a naval historian…