Let the video games start: Birmingham, then and now – in footage | Birmingham

1. The Bull Ring Market

January 1939 Street investors show their wares on the outdoor marketplace. The center of Birmingham’s business centre since medieval occasions, the Bull Ring referred to a inexperienced in the midst of the marketplace the place bulls had been tied for baiting earlier than slaughter. Archaeological excavations in 2000 as a part of its redevelopment printed a big ditch the place Selfridges and the Park Street automotive park now stand. Rubbish thrown into the trench integrated fragments of pottery, indicating that there have been kilns right here within the thirteenth century.

Bull Ring
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2. Edgbaston cricket floor

July 1963 West Indies supporters out of doors Edgbaston cricket floor earlier than the 3rd take a look at fit as opposed to England. The wearing venue was once constructed within the early nineteenth century, after the Calthorpe Estate talented the land to Warwickshire County Cricket Club. The first take a look at fit was once performed in 1886 with the primary Ashes take a look at fit performed in 1902. It changed into the primary English floor out of doors Lord’s to host one in every of international cricket’s greatest tournaments in 2013 – the ICC Champions Trophy ultimate.

Edgbaston Cricket Ground
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3. Muhammad Ali, Bull Street

June 1979 Muhammad Ali, arguably the sector’s biggest boxer, had shut hyperlinks with town and visited quite a few occasions. The 1979 discuss with was once to be his closing UK ring look, when he placed on a boxing exhibition with fellow American Jimmy Ellis. According to experiences within the Birmingham Mail, a fan on the fit was once given Ali’s shorts with the message: “To Leslie Ward from Muhammad Ali, three times champion of the world. Enjoy life, it’s later than you think.”

Bull Street in Birmingham
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4. Victoria Law Courts, Birmingham

November 1974 Crowds out of doors the Victoria Law Courts right through the trial of the Birmingham Six, the place six Irish immigrants had been attempted for the Birmingham pub bombings. The explosions on 21 November, 1974, killed 21 other people, making it the deadliest assault on English soil right through the worries. The males had been convicted in August 1975 and sentenced to existence imprisonment. However, after an extended marketing campaign, an appeals court docket overturned all six convictions in 1991.

Victoria Law Courts, Birmingham
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5. Primark within the Bull Ring, Birmingham

August 1969 About 3,000 males, girls and youngsters took phase within the Northern Ireland civil rights march, together with 13-year-old Robert Daly, his 10-year-old sister Rita, and Bernadette Barnett, 11. The 3 children had been all cousins of 15-year-old Gerald McAuley, who were shot useless in Belfast every week previous. The marchers sat down in Colmore Row to watch a two-minute silence in reminiscence of {the teenager}.

Primark within the Bull Ring, Birmingham
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6. Baskerville House, Centenary Square

1953 The Dagenham Girl Pipers carry out at the inexperienced in entrance of the outstanding town landmark. Baskerville House, now moderately overshadowed through Birmingham’s new library, was once as soon as occupied through businessman John Baskerville, who’s buried close by. It stays an administrative center construction as of late.

Baskerville House and the Hall of Memory in Centenary Square, Birmingham
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7. Rookery Road, Handsworth

June 1977 Cyclists lead the Africa Liberation Day rally. The {photograph} was once taken through Vanley Burke, now 71, who has spent maximum of his existence documenting the lives of black other people within the town. Burke, who moved to the West Midlands from a farm within the foothills of Jamaica’s Blue Mountains in 1965, was once given his first digital camera – a field Brownie – when he was once 10. Talking about photographing the black enjoy, Burke as soon as instructed the Guardian that such occasions weren’t coated within the press. “The only way black people got into the news,” he mentioned, “was if they committed a crime.”

Africa Liberation Day rally at Handsworth in 1977
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8. Alexander Stadium

2002 and 2021 Two feminine athletes competing on the world athletics stadium in Perry Barr – triple jumper Ashia Hansen in 2001 and heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson in 2021. The area is among the 2022 Commonwealth Games’ primary venues.

Long Jump, Alexander Stadium
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9. New Street

May 1931 New Street is on the center of one of the crucial town’s primary buying groceries and recreational spaces and hyperlinks Victoria Square to the Bullring Shopping Centre. It is assumed to have existed since medieval occasions and one in every of its first mentions, as Novus Vicus, can also be discovered within the 1296 Borough Rental information.

New Street in Birmingham, May 1931
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10. Town Hall

October 1940 Crowds collect to hear an army band enjoying in entrance of town corridor in Chamberlain Square as a part of War Weapons Week right through the second one international struggle. The struggle bonds marketing campaign had already raised £8m kilos. Today the corridor is draped in Commonwealth Games banners.

War Weapons Week in Birmingham, October 1940
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11. Bomb harm, Sparkbrook

1940 Birmingham was once the second one maximum closely bombed town within the nation right through the second one international struggle. This {photograph} presentations the Stratford Road house. In the background is the Piccadilly Banqueting Suite, now a marriage venue, within the Balti Triangle.

Bomb harm in Sparkbrook, Birmingham
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12. Hall of Memory, Centenary Square

1957 Smaller however status proudly subsequent to Baskerville House is the Grade I-listed Hall of Memory. It commemorates the women and men of Birmingham who gave their lives in conflicts together with the 2 international wars. Peeking simply above it’s the renovated library and, throughout the corridor, a primary international struggle roll of honour bears the phrases: “There was none that gave them an ill-word, for they feared God greatly … So they passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for them on the other side.”

The Hall of Memory in Centenary Square, Birmingham
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13. Chamberlain Clock, Jewellery Quarter

1946 A Birmingham Corporation tram heads throughout Warstone Lane, with the Chamberlain Clock within the background. Unveiled in 1903, the clock commemorates Joseph Chamberlain’s discuss with to South Africa after the Boer War. Chamberlain was once chargeable for the modernisation of town whilst he was once mayor, between 1873 and 1876. A brand new challenge is having a look into his function within the British Empire’s colonial legacy.

The Chamberlain Clock within the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham
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14. Gas Street Canal, Birmingham

July 1953 Colourful boats bob alongside the Gas Street Basin, on the center of Birmingham’s canal community. The waterways had been an integral a part of Victorian Birmingham and right through the Industrial Revolution they performed a an important function within the building of town and the Black Country, transporting coal, iron and different heavy items.

Gas Street Canal, Birmingham
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Contemporary pictures: Andy Hall. Picture enhancing and analysis: Jim Powell. Words: Nazia Parveen

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