'My criminal ancestors' - Carl Chinn and the Real Peaky Blinders

'My criminal ancestors' - Carl Chinn and the Real Peaky Blinders

Birmingham in the 1890s meeting the real gangs

​The dramatic BBC series 'Peaky Blinders' has captivated audiences all over the world who have followed the criminal gangs of Birmingham.

​Now well-known historian and author, Carl Chinn, tells the story of some of his ancestors who were among the petty criminals who were found in Birmingham's back streets.  It is not a story of fashionable mythology but a fascinating insight into the poverty and degradation of one of the Empire's great cities.

Keywords: Peaky Blinders, Birmingham, poverty, gangs, Carl Chinn

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