History and Information on Great Hampton Row in Hockley at Birmingham in the County of Warwickshire.

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Some history of Great Hampton Row

Heading out of Birmingham, Great Hampton Row branched off in a northerly direction from the junction where Livery Street and Constitution Hill met Great Hampton Street. It still does today but the thoroughfare has changed considerably since and has little of the soul and character that it once possessed. Full of industry, Great Hampton Row was also packed with housing where there was a strong community spirit. There were plenty of shops and pubs for the locals. These were all bonded together by a church but this edifice, along with all the shops and pubs, have long gone. Even some of the streets that once connected with Great Hampton Row have vanished. We are supposed to improve our cities as we evolve but here I see no enhancement of the built environment.

Birmingham : Saint George's Church from Tower Street and Great Russell Street at Hockley [c.1954]

Well, I am starting my photographic tour of Great Hampton Row in Tower Street! However, this photograph taken from the corner Great Russell Street, afforded a good view of Saint George's Church and, in particular, the extension of 1884. The church was demolished in 1960 and even Tower Street and Great Russell Street have disappeared from the landscape. A replacement church was eventually built in the locality and this also serves as a community hub within the enlarged gardens where fragments of the old Saint George's can be found. The original church was consecrated in 1822. Saint George's was a Gothic Revival building by Thomas Rickman and a Commissioners' Church erected to help maintain order amongst the poor urban population.

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Saint George in the Fields, the original name of the church, provides a clue to the character of the locale when constructed in 1819. Early development of Great Hampton Row had started at the southern end of the thoroughfare. Amazingly, this is where some of the old buildings survived into the 21st century. In the early years of the 19th century the thoroughfare extended a little beyond Barr Street - and that was the extent of the urban expansion at the time. Great Hampton Row was on the edge of town.

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Street Scenes in Great Hampton Row

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"Dr. Birt Davies held an inquest on Thursday afternoon at the Grand Turk, Ludgate Hill, touching the death of Henry Smith, a shoemaker, who lived in St. Mark's Street. On the 25th of November last, the deceased, who had been an inmate of the Borough Lunatic Asylum, was passing along New John Street, when he entered a broker's shop at the corner of Great Hampton Row, and asked to look at a saw. Several were shown to him, and he ultimately purchased a small one, with which he inflicted a wound in his throat. He was taken in a cab to the General Hospital, where be died on Sunday last, from the effects of the injuries he inflicted upon himself. It appeared from the evidence of Caroline Smith, the sister of the deceased, that her brother had been confined in the Borough Lunatic Asylum for about four years. He however became much better, and was discharged from the asylum. On the 25th of November last, and for some days previous, he had seemed in a state of madness, and upon that day he expressed his wish to go to his workshop in Icknield Street East. During the day he said he was a "shoemaker in heaven, and must go there," and although his sister was opposed to it, he left the house. The next time she saw him was in the General Hospital, when he had a severe wound in his throat. He said that he had gone into a shop in Great Hampton Row, and purchasing a saw, had inflicted a wound in his throat. A man, named Thomas Lovett, who keeps a shop in Great Hampton Row, stated that on the 25th of November last, the deceased came into his shop and purchased a saw. As soon as he got the saw into his hand he put it to his throat and began sawing away. He inflicted a severe wound in his throat, and a cab being sent for, he was sent to the General Hospital. Mr. C. J. Bracey, the house surgeon, found him suffering from a severe wound in his throat. He was then in an insane state of mind. The injury to his throat was so severe that food had to be administered to him by means of the stomach pump. A few weeks after his admission to the hospital, the deceased was attacked with pneumonia, from which he gradually sank and died on Sunday last. The jury returned a verdict that "the deceased committed suicide whilst in a state of insanity."
"Extraordinary Suicide in Great Hampton Row"
Aris's Birmingham Gazette : January 23rd 1864 Page 7

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