History and Information on Steelhouse Lane in Birmingham in the County of Warwickshire.

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Some history of Steelhouse Lane

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Birmingham : General Hospital in Steelhouse Lane [c.1910]

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Street Scenes in Steelhouse Lane

Birmingham : Shops on Steelhouse Lane [1960]

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Brummagem Boozers


Steelhouse Lane Pubs

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"Most of our local readers are doubtless aware that in the very centre of this town a district exists which is the home of squalid poverty, inveterate drunkenness, unblushing profanity, and disgusting vice - we need hardly say we refer to the streets to the back of Dale End and Stafford Street. A very large portion of the denizens there are beggars and hawkers, persons without homes, who find shelter in the low lodging-houses which plentifully abound. Nor is there much probability of time alone working a cure, for as soon as any of the inhabitants in the locality are inspired with the desire for better things, they remove, and are succeeded by people whose pursuits and practices are similar to those their predecessors have abandoned. In this miserable district of sin and sorrow one of the agents of the Town Mission [who is supported by W. C. Alston, Esq.] has for some time been employed, and the results of his labours, as developed in a school-room opened in the autumn of last year, we propose to notice. The building is a wooden structure, erected on part of the site of the old Workhouse, Steelhouse Lane, the land having been lent for the purpose. Beneath its unpretending roof from week to week are gathered such of the inhabitants of the locality as can be induced to attend; and among the miscellaneous audience present on our several visits we have observed lodging-house keepers, beggars, street musicians, hawkers, and labourers of the lowest class, was well as reformed drunkards and females reclaimed from vice through the efforts of the missionaries. On Tuesday evening in each week a devotional meeting is held; and the solemnity of the occasion when we were present, and when the audience numbered from eighty to a hundred, equalled anything observable in a place of worship. On the Wednesday evening reading and writing are taught, and the spectacle we beheld was truly pleasing. Old men and women, their day's labour of hawking and vagrancy over - were, with the utmost docility, coming over a simple lesson in words of one syllable. One aged black, a beggar in an infirm state of health, was pointing out as having been an attendant for three months, in which period he had made most satisfactory progress. Many of the "scholars" were middle-aged people, and all - perhaps within exception of two - above sixteen. The attendance numbered about thirty who were learning to read, and twenty engaged in writing. The school was opened and closed with religious exercises, which the whole assembly heartily joined. The Sunday afternoon was devoted to reading and Scriptural instruction, the attendance numbering from forty to fifty; and in the evening a congregation of about 12 assembled to listen to familiar addresses from two of the agents of the Town Mission. As on the previous occasions, the conduct the auditors was most exemplary, and their demeanour in perfect keeping with the seriousness befitting divine service. A glance was sufficient to show that the large majority of the worshippers belonged to that class who could never be expected to enter a church or chapel; and who, indeed - we speak it with regret - would be looked upon with coldness if they had the hardihood to do so. For these poor creatures, then, a place of worship has at last been reared, to which they flock, and where they feel themselves welcome; and doubtless much seed sown within these "wooden walls" will bear rich harvest hereafter. We do not lead our readers to suppose that these persons came to the school uninvited. The missionary, in his visits to the different courts in his district, meets with and induces them to pay a first visit, and as the instruction is adapted to their situations many attend as regularly as circumstances allow. One gratifying fact may recordedț twenty couples, young and old, living together in an unmarried life, have been induced to enter the matrimonial state; and many of these are now regular attendants at the school services. We might adduce numerous proofs of the ameliorating influence the labours of the missionary are exercising, but forbear, as our present purpose is merely to bring the school before the attention of our readers. The class of outcasts here assembled together - one which compulsion could not influence - willingly yield to the persuasion of kindness brought to bear upon them, and in very many instances show by their actions that they are the subjects of great change, the results of which who shall dare to limit? Hypocrisy and formalism there may be, and doubtless there is; but our decided conviction, from what we have seen, is, that after every deduction, a large amount of good that will stand the test will be the final of this unpretending but God-like effort for the salvation of these outcasts and pariahs of society. We may mention, in conclusion, that the work stands greatly in need of pecuniary assistance. A debt still remains on the building, notwithstanding the generous contributions of gentlemen in connection with the Mission. Books, also, of a suitable character such as the well known works of "Old Humphrey," issued by the Tract Society - would be a great boon, for circulation among the people attending the school; and to those of our readers desirous of thus aiding this good cause we may say that their contributions would gratefully be received at the office of the Town Mission, in Paradise Street."
"Town Mission School"
Birmingham Journal : April 23rd 1859 Page 8

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