Some history of Oxford Street
More information on Oxford Street to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to Oxford 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 Oxford Street. There is information on Birmingham dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place.
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If you would like to share any further information on Oxford Street - perhaps you drank in one of the pubs in the past? Or maybe knew a previous publican running one of the boozers? Whatever the reason it would be great to hear of your stories or gossip. Simply send a message and I will post it here.
Related Newspaper Articles
"A few minutes before two o'clock yesterday afternoon, a boiler exploded at the works of Mr. John Powell, vice and anvil manufacturer,
Oxford Street. Digbeth. No one sustained any personal injury, but the premises were considerably damaged, the engine house being nearly blown down, and a large quantity
of debris being scattered about in every direction. All the workpeople, it is said, were at dinner, with the exception of the engine-tender, who was thrown to the
ground, escaping however, with a severe shaking. The engine remained undamaged. It is difficult to state the cause and most of the circumstances of the explosion in
consequence of the disinclination of the proprietor of the works to furnish information, and his refusal to allow the representatives of the press to enter the
manufactory. It was stated that the boiler, which had been in use about six or seven years, burst upwards, but it was also stated that the "cracking" commenced
at the bottom. The engine-tender affirms that there was by no means a high pressure on the boiler at the time of the explosion. The damage is estimated at £100.,
but there will be an additional loss through the enforced stopping of the works. The boiler, a Cornish one, was not insured."
Birmingham Daily Post : January 25th 1878 Page 8