An Industrial hive: Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter


Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is famed nationally and internationally but locally its importance can be taken for granted or even overlooked – as can that of the jewellery trade itself which has a longstanding connection with our city. That lack of attention is not a new phenomenon. By the mid-nineteenth century, jewellery making was regarded as one of the four main Birmingham trades. Along with the brass trade and the manufacture of guns and buttons it flourished above the rest but very little was written about it. That is surprising for such an important industry which remains prominent in modern Birmingham and which has such a fascinating history covering more than 200 years.

Keywords: Jewellery Quarter, Victorian, Carl Chinn, Industry

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