A major industrial center. The second largest city in Great Britain. Population (1981) 1,006,908; (1991 preliminary) 934,900.
Streets of Birmingham: Brindleyplace, Canal Sidewalk, Newstreet, Centenary Square, Broadstreet, Hollidaystreet, Moorstreet
Birmingham has to offer: museums and galleries, concert halls, shopping, exhibitions, canal-side walks and restaurants. thearcadian.co.uk
Birmingham is the seat of the University of Birmingham (1900), the University of Aston in Birmingham (1895), the University of Central England in Birmingham (1992, formerly a polytechnic college), and several technical schools.
Cultural facilities include the large Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery (1867), the Museum of Science and Industry, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (1913).
The city's Municipal Bank (opened 1916) is the only one of its kind in Great Britain.
Birmingham churches include Saint Philip's Cathedral (1715), Saint Martin's Parish Church in the Bull Ring (13th century), and the Roman Catholic Saint Chad's Cathedral (1841).
Other notable buildings are the neoclassical Town Hall (1834), the Renaissance-style Council House (1881). birminghamarts.org.uk - brindleyplace.com
Among the principal metal products manufactured are motor-vehicle parts, machine tools, brassware, household utensils, sporting guns, and jewelry. Other important manufactures include electrical equipment, glass, rubber products, and chemicals. The city is located in an important coal-mining region. Chamber of Commerce: bci.org.uk
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In 1166 the town of Birmingham was granted a market charter. By the 16th century, it had become a thriving manufacturing center specializing in metal goods. At the time of the English Revolution (1640s), Birmingham produced some 16,000 sword blades for the Parliamentary forces, as a result of which the town was besieged and taken by the Royalists. Because of its manufacturing capacity, Birmingham assumed a position of great importance in the late 18th century, during the Industrial Revolution. Heavily bombed during World War II, the city has undergone extensive rebuilding.
City council: birmingham.gov.uk - birmingham.org.uk - sherbornewharf.co.uk
The hub of the British metal goods industry and served by a network of railroads and highways. In 1838 railroad lines were constructed from Birmingham to London and Liverpool. locatebirmingham.org.uk
News: 2004 - birminghampost.net
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