Birmingham’s streets, roads and lanes are an absorbing aspect of our history. They call out to us about long dead landowners, notable figures from the history of England, Brummies long forgotten, farms that have been swept away by the outpouring of our city, remarkable physical features, distant battles, intriguing foreign places and mysterious happenings.
Questions as to their origins leap out from a multitude of Birmingham’s street names. Why was Fawdry Street first called Noah’s Ark Passage? Was treasure to be found in Golden Hillock Road? How did Foulemoreslone become Formans Road? Did Gate Street have a gate? What has Franchise Street got to do with the battle for working-class rights? Where was The Froggery? What connection is there between creatures of mythology and Hob Moor Road? And why should the Holte, Gooch and Gough families have so many streets and roads named after them?
In this deeply researched book, Carl Chinn looks at scores of street names, bringing to life their meaning and those people who belonged to them. Carl Chinn MBE is Director of the BirminghamLives multimedia project at South Birmingham College, Professor of Community History at The University of Birmingham, a broadcaster with BBC WM and a columnist with the Birmingham Evening Mail. The Streets of Brum: Part Two is his 23rd book.
Carl Chinn MBE is well known as an academic, broadcaster and author. A passionate Brummie, he is Community Historian at The University of Birmingham, a regular columnist for The Birmingham Evening Mail, and a presenter of his own local history radio show from BBC Pebble Mill. He is the author of many books on Birmingham’s history.
Also available The Streets of Brum Part One
Crown Quarto Paperback – pp.vi + 136
Fully Illustrated (57 images)
ISBN 1 85858 262 8