History of Ann Street and Colmore Row in Hockley in Birmingham in the county of Warwickshire.


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Some history on Ann Street later incorporated into Colmore Row

More information on Ann Street to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to Loveday Street from another page. I realise this is frustrating if you were specifically looking for information on Ann Street. In the meantime, I have uploaded a few photographs. Oh, there is also plenty of other information on Birmingham dotted around the website - click here for a good starting place.

Junction of Loveday Street and Princip Street [2002]

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Junction of Loveday Street and Price Street [2002]

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Road Improvements to Lower Loveday Street [1932]

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Brummagem Boozers

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List of Pubs

Bell Inn
Bell and Candlestick
Bricklayers' Arms
Brown Derby
Free Church Tavern
Grand Hotel
Great Coat
Great Western Vaults
Great Western Hotel
Horse and Jockey
Town Hall Tavern
Vine Inn
White Hart
White Lion

Ansell's Bitterman - You Can't Beat 'Em

Genealogy Connections

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Atkinson's Ales

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Mitchell's and Butler's Traditional Cask Ales

Dare's - Perfect Beer

Ansell's Mild Playing Card

Mitchell's and Butler's Special Ale

Davenport's Traditionally Brewed Ales

Atkinson's Punch Stout

Be an Ansell's Bitterman

Mitchell's and Butler's - Good Honest Beer [1950 Advertisement]

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"The repose of sleep refreshes only the body. It rarely sets the soul at rest. The repose of the night does not belong to us. It is not the possession of our being. Sleep opens within us an inn for phantoms. In the morning we must sweep out the shadows."
Gaston Bachelard

Newspaper Articles

"Conflagrations, on a greater or less scale, seem to the order the day in Birmingham. At all events they have proved the sensation feature of the last three weeks. At a quarter past nine last night, the back premises of Mr. Matthews, perfumer and fancy soap manufacturer, who carries on business No.50, Ann Street, were discovered to be on fire, and in less than a quarter of an hour the conflagration had reached such a height that it was feared it would rival that in the High Street, last week. The front premises are occupied by Mr. H. E. Pistor, commission agent, and by Mr. Matthews and are joined on one side by the Provident Society's Rooms and on the other by the offices of Messrs. Partridge and Woodward, solicitors. The damage, however, has been confined to the premises of Mr. Matthews and Mr. Pistor, and as far as the latter are concerned, we understand it is very slight. The warehouse was locked up at an early hour in the evening, and at that time all appeared to be safe. At the above-named hour, however, a quarter past nine, smoke was seen coming from behind the front premises, and information was immediately sent to the several fire offices, and also to the New Street Police Station. The fire escape arrived in very short time, and within less than ten minutes of the fire being discovered the engines belonging to the District, Birmingham, and Norwich offices were on the spot. A detachment of the police, under the command of Superintendent Leggatt, was also speedily in attendance, and very soon succeeded in clearing the street immediately in front of the building, so that the firemen suffered no obstruction in the discharge of their duties. During this brief period that elapsed, however, between the discovery of the fire and the engines arriving, the flames had made considerable progress, they having penetrated the roof of the shed, or warehouse, in which they originated, and for some time it was feared that they would extend to the adjoining premises. On the front door being broken open the place was completely filled with flames and smoke, but it was found that, as far as the front of the building was concerned, it was still untouched. The conflagration had originated in a shed, which is constructed chiefly of wood, and in which Mr. Matthews had stored a quantity of fancy soaps, perfumes, etc. As we have already stated, they had by this time penetrated the roof of this shed, and were rapidly spreading at a fearful rate, but fortunately there was only a slight breeze of wind, otherwise they might have speedily extended to the adjoining properties. The engines speedily took up their positions, Norwich going round the back of the premises, the District taking the front while the Birmingham engine was brought to bear upon the roof of the building. An abundant supply of water was obtained without any delay, and in a very short time the result of the united efforts of the several brigades apparent, the lurid glare of the flames ceasing to visible from the street Though not seen, however, the fire was by no means got under, a quantity of combustible material in the lower part of the building being still burning fiercely. With an unlimited supply of water, however, the engines being worked vigorously, the flames were almost entirely subdued by ten o'clock, and though one of the engines continued play at intervals for some time longer, the fire was by that time completely got under. Shortly before ten some alarm was created in the minds the onlookers, who observed a quantity of smoke issuing from the windows of Mr. Fisher's offices on the first floor, but all the apprehensions were soon at rest, it being ascertained that it only proceeded from the smouldering debris. Mr. Matthews resides at Aston New Town, and as he was not present during the fire, it is impossible to form any estimate of the amount of damage done to his property, or that of Mr. Pistor. We understand, however, that both the premises and stock are fully insured in the Guardian Fire Office. In addition to the roof of the shed being burnt through, the stock of soaps, perfumeries, etc., is considerably damaged, especially the latter, a large number of the bottles being cracked, and the glass melted with the heat. As may be imagined, the smoke from such a heterogeneous mass of combustibles was anything but pleasant to the olfactory nerves. In fact, the stench was almost intolerable to those who had to work inside. The arrangements were perfect throughout and too much praise cannot be given to the members of the fire brigades and the police officers for their exertions. The complaint at the fire in High Street was that there was a deficient supply of water, but on this occasion it was unlimited."
"Fire in Ann Street Last Night"
Birmingham Journal : January 24th 1863 Page 8.