History of New Street in Birmingham in the county of Warwickshire.


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Some history on New Street

More information on New Street to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to New Street from another page. When building the site it is easier to place links as they crop up rather than go back later on. I realise this is frustrating if you were specifically looking for information on New Street. In the meantime, I have uploaded a few photographs of the street, along with a couple of newspaper items. There is plenty of other information on Birmingham dotted around the website - click here for a good starting place.

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New Street Railway Station in Birmingham [c.1928]

This photograph of New Street Station was taken from an elevated position in Summer Street, possibly the Technical School. The image shows the original London and North Western Railway station to the left, along with the Midland Railway extension to the right. Seen here directly in front of the camera, the road dividing the two stations was known as Queen's Drive, a thoroughfare lost during the station's redevelopment in the 1960's. The spire in the distance is that of St. Martin's Church near the Bull Ring. Featuring a good number of trams, the road in the foreground is Lower Temple Street and Navigation Street, the two meeting at the junction of Hill Street and John Bright Street.

Although it had already come into operation, the original L.N.W.R. station was officially opened on June 1st, 1854 superseding the Curzon Street Terminus as the main railway station for Birmingham. Designed by Edward Alfred Cowper, the railway station was constructed by Messrs. Fox, Henderson & Co. The project involved the demolition of around 70 houses in Peck Lane, The Froggery, Queen Street, and Colmore Street. The recently-constructed Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion Chapel, a place of worship on the corner of Peck Lane and Dudley Street, also had to be demolished to make way for the new transport hub. The arch to the left of this photograph was once the largest single-span iron and glass roof in the world. This was damaged during the air raids of World War Two and the remainder taken down for safety reasons in the post-war years.

The Midland Railway extension was opened on February 8th, 1885. In effect, this resulted in two separate stations operated by their respective companies. However, in 1923 the London and North Western Railway was joined with the Midland Railway as part of the formation of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway by the Railways Act of 1921.

King Edward's Grammar School in New Street Birmingham [c.1920]

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Shops and King Edward's Grammar School in New Street [c.1913]

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New Street with the Midland Arcade [c.1908]

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New Street with Stephenson Place [1962]

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Looking Up to Birmingham Town Hall from New Street [c.1916]

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Buses and Shopping in Birmingham New Street [c.1932]

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Edwardian View of New Street in Birmingham [c.1909]

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Birmingham's New Street between the Wars [c.1938]

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Birmingham New Street from Victoria Square [c.1914]

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Brummagem Boozers

List of Pubs

Bacchus Bar
Bogart's Bier Kellar
Bragg's Wine Vaults
Coach and Horses Inn
Commercial Hotel
Fountain Inn
Grapes Tavern
Green Man
Hen and Chickens
Joe Hillman's Stores
King's Head Inn
Royal Mail
Swan Hotel
Tavern in the Town
Town Hall Stores
Waterloo Bar
Yard of Ale

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

Genealogy Connections

If you have a genealogy story or query regarding New Street you can contact me and I will post it here in addition to including your message within the website pages for Birmingham Genealogy.

Atkinson's Ales

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Mitchell's and Butler's Traditional Cask Ales

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

Mitchell's and Butler's Brew XI Beer Mat

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Newspaper Articles

"About mid-day yesterday, as Miss Sneath, a young lady residing at Camp Hill, was passing along New Street, some dexterous manipulator in the light fingered line succeeded in relieving her of her purse, containing six or seven shillings."
"Pocket Picking in New Street"
Birmingham Daily Mail : December 8th 1857 Page 8.

"A respectably-dressed young man named Walter Ryland [21], clerk, was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and wilfully damaging the name plate on the door of the United Kingdom Alliance Society's office in New Street. The prisoner was acting up to the improper injunction "be merry and mischievous when you can," being actively engaged in the exciting amusement of pulling bell handles and doing his best to deface door knockers. "Night with him was the time for a spree," but unfortunately he fell into the hands of a policeman who took him to the cells of Moor Street. Fined 5s. and costs, in addition to which he was ordered to pay the damage."
"A Roystering Clerk"
Birmingham Daily Post : May 3rd 1871 Page 8.

"Ernest Charles Kay, an iron-founder of Great Barr, was summoned, at the instance of the London and North-Western Railway Company, for alighting from a train whilst in motion, at New Street Station. Mr. Soars appeared for the complainants and Mr. Rowlands for the defendant. A collector named Edwin Wicks proved that the defendant jumped out of a compartment before the train came to a standstill, and that the jumper had some difficulty in maintaining his equilibrium when he alighted on the platform. A cross-summons was preferred against this collector by Mr. Key for assaulting him. Several witnesses were called to show that he roughly handled by Wicks. The charge against the collector was dismissed, and Mr. Key was fined 5s. and costs."
"Jumping From a Train While in Motion"
Birmingham Daily Mail : March 11th 1871 Page 6.