Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Birmingham in 1553

This map of Birmingham in 1553 was "borrowed" from Virtual Brum. I think they must have borrowed it from somewhere else but unfortunately no reference is given. It is 87 years before the prospect shown below was drawn but not much seems to be different. The meadow in the right side of the picture would likely be the Lords Demesne. Notice the triangular area northwest of St Martin's. This was the original Bull Ring. The dark church in the foreground would be St. Johns Chapel, hiding the Deretend Bridge. The river is now not much more than a drainage ditch between warehouses and factories.