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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (October 1948 - August 1997) 20th anniversary of his death

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John Curry OBE (1949-1994) World champion ice skater and gold medal winner at the 1976 Winter Olympic Games lived here.

Arden Lodge Residential Home - 946 Warwick Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Here fell DC Michael Swindells 21 May 2004

Tame Valley Canal, Aston, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Aston Villa, A founder member of the Football League,

Trinity Road, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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George Bodington lived here 1825-1843

Flats on the corner of Gravelly Hill and Hillaries Rd., Erdington, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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The Electric Cinema Oldest working cinema in the U.K. Established 27th December 1909. Formerly known as The Electric Theatre, The Select, The Tatler News Theatre, The Jacey, The Classic, and The Tivoli.

The Electric Cinema, Station Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Major Dr. John Hall-Edwards 1858-1926 pioneer radiologist worked here

Children's Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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These were the premises of Joseph Gillott 1799-1873 Steel Pen Manufacturer

Victoria Works, Graham Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Norton. This plaque commemorates the site of the Norton Motors Factory where production of the world famous "unapproachable Norton Motorcycle" took place between 1920 & 1963 and was unveiled in the centenary year of Norton Motors on Norton Day 21st June 1998 by Geoff Duke

Bracebridge Street, Aston, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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J. R. R. Tolkien 1892-1973 lived near here 1902-1910

Teleperformance House, Hagley Road, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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To Commemorate the Centenary of Moor Street station opened on the 1st July 1909 1909-2009

Moor Street Station, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Naughton Dunn 1884-1939 Birmingham's first orthopaedic specialist and a nationwide pioneer. Based at this hospital 1913 - 1939

Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Bristol Road South, Northfield, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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A History of the Great Western Railway Construction of the Great Western Railway line to Snow Hill began in 1847. Isambard Kingdom Brunel was engineer in charge and the contractors were Peto and Betts. By 1852 the 129 mile track from Paddington via Oxford was complete - 7' 0" broad gauge to Oxford 4' 8½" narrow gauge from there to Birmingham with a third rail provided for the 7' 0" track. Narrow gauge became standard for the whole country in 1892. Signals were hand operated by railway police. The first Snow Hill station was opened on 1st October 1852. A special "Eve of Opening" train left Paddington pulled by Daniel Gooches "Lord of the Isles" which had been on show at the Great Exhibition. This was derailed at Aynho but successfully completed the journey the following day after a change in engine. Nine years later narrow gauge track was extended to Paddington providing a 3 hour 20 minute express service. Unheated carriages were lit by oil pot lamps and bar and disc signals were operated from trackside capstans. In 1871 a new station was built to accommodate the great increase in traffic. Expresses like No 162 "Cobham" designed by William Dean and driven by driver Hughes travelled direct from Paddington at average speeds of 52.7 MPH the maximum being 62.75 MPH. Carriages were of the clerestory type. Toilets were introduced in 1873. A familiar sight at the turn of the century was Dash the station dog. His collecting box strapped to his back. Signals were operated by Worcester levers at track level but by 1900 signal boxes became standard on main lines.

Birmingham Snow Hill Station - behind 1 Colmore Row, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Nearby the site of the Old Royal School for the Deaf Children. Established 1812. Closed down 1984. Donated by Diamond 7 Group on behalf of E.O.P.A.

4 Church Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Sampson lloyd   1699 1779 founder of lloyd’s bank lived here
Sampson Lloyd 1699-1779 founder of Lloyd’s Bank lived here

Lloyd’s Farmhouse, Farm Park, Sampson Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham, United Kingdom

G. r. elkington 1801 1865 promoter of electro plating had his works here
G. R. Elkington 1801-1865 promoter of Electro-Plating had his works here

144 Newhall Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom

George cadbury 1839 1922 chocolate manufacturer and philanthropist lived here 1872 1881
George Cadbury 1839-1922 chocolate manufacturer and philanthropist lived here 1872-1881

32 George Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Richard cadbury 1835 1899 chocolate manufacturer and philanthropist lived here 1861 1871
Richard Cadbury 1835-1899 Chocolate Manufacturer and Philanthropist lived here 1861-1871

17 Wheeleys Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom

John hardman 1811 1867 master metalworker and stained glass maker lived here
John Hardman 1811-1867 master metalworker and stained glass maker lived here

101 Hunter’s Road, Lozell’s, Birmingham, United Kingdom

These were the premises of the birmingham guild of handicraft founded in 1890 by arthur stansfeld dixon 1856 1929
These were the premises of The Birmingham Guild of Handicraft Founded in 1890 by Arthur Stansfeld Dixon (1856-1929)

New Guild House, 45 Great Charles Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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1903 In commemoration of the visit paid to South Africa by the Right Hon. J. Chamberlain MP Secretary of State for the Colonies, This clock was erected by his constituents the electors of West Birmingham Henry Payton, J. P. Chairman. Landed at Durban: : Dec-26-1902 Sailed from Cape Town Feb-25-1903 "We have shown that we can be strong and resolute in war: it is equally important to show that we can be strong and resolute in peace".

Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock - Warstone Lane / Vyse Street / Frederick Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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This Memorial is erected in gratitude for public service given to this town by Joseph Chamberlain, who was elected Town Councillor in November 1869 Mayor in November 1873, and resigned that office in June 1876 on being returned as one of the borough of Birmingham in Parliament, and during whose mayoralty many great public works were notably advanced, and mainly by whose ability & devotion the Gas & Water undertakings were aquired for the town to the great and lasting benefit of the inhabitants.

Chamberlain Memorial - Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Constance C. W. Naden 1858-1889 poet, scientist and philosopher lived here for most of her life

20 Charlotte Road, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Arthur "Titch" Vickers VC The Royal Warwickshire Regiment This plaque was placed here by I M Properties PLC on 11th November 1998 to commemorate Arthur Vickers VC, who worked at the GEC Factory which formerly occupied this site. Arthur Vickers VC, a hero of the First World War, enlisted with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1902, on his sixth attempt. Previously he had been refused acceptance due to his lack of height, which led to his nickname "Titch". He was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1915 for conspicuous bravery at the Battle of Loos, Hulloch, France, during an attack on the first line German trenches, Arthur Vickers went forward in broad daylight under very heavy shell, rifle and machine-gun fire to cut barbed wire fences that were holding his battalion back, his gallant actions contributed largely to the success of the assault. Sgt. Arthur Vickers died in 1944. He is buried in Witton Cemetery. Arthur Vickers VC 1882-1944

Junction Industrial Park, Electric Avenue, Witton, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Lucas Abrams Pacemaker invented here by Leon Abrams in 1960

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Sir edward burne jones 1833 1898 artist born in a house on this site
Sir Edward Burne-Jones 1833-1898 artist born in a house on this site

11 / 12 Bennetts Hill, City Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Samuel Lines (1778-1863) Leading Birmingham artist and founder member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Site of his drawing academy and home

3 Temple Row West, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Dr John Ash 1723-1798 who resided here for a time, founded the General Hospital in 1768.

Temple Row, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Site of the banking business of taylors & lloyds predecessors of lloyds bank limited commenced 3rd june 1765
Site of the Banking business of Taylors & Lloyds predecessors of Lloyds Bank Limited commenced 3rd June 1765

Between Albert St. and Carrs Lane, Dale End, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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W. H. Auden poet lived in an adjacent house 1919-1939

Harborne Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre, Lordswood Road, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Oscar Deutsch 1893-1941 opened the first of the chain of the Odeon Cinemas here

Banqueting Palace, 271 Birchfield Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Whites Chocolate House in St. James, London Whites was popular with both aristocrats and wealthy city people who would gather daily, drinking chocolate, discussing politics and even gambling. It came to prominence during 1783 when William Pitt joined, turning it into a tory stronghold which survived well into the 19th century.

Cadbury World - Bull Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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White's Chocolate House Opened in 1693 near the Palace of St James. It was one of many Chocolate and Coffee Houses which were established in fashionable parts of London at this time.

Cadbury World - Bull Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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In this house lived Samuel Pepys Born 1633 Died 1703

Cadbury World - Bull Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Cadbury World Opened by the Rt Hon John Major MP Prime Minister 12th April 1991

Cadbury World reception - Bournville, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Trade Street Like a small town, the factory has its own street names. From the early days at Bournville until the late 1970's the area leading to the Alternative Exhibition building (originally called the Pipe Shop) was known as "Trade Street". Above and to your right, each side of the street was lined with trade workshops, including a large printing and box-making department, all busy providing services necessary to maintain the fabric of the factory and production of the Company's products. At one stage over 55 distinct and diverse trades were employed on the site, such as engineers, builders, carpenters, painters, signwriters, electricians, plumbers, pipe fiters, mould makers, pattern makers, machine fitters, sheet metalworkers, platelayers, millwrights, belt makers, saw doctors, printers, case makers and gardeners.

Cadbury World - Trade Street, Bournville, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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No 1 Lodge This building is known as No. 1 Lodge and is one of a number of entrances into the factory. It was built in 1889 as part of a suite of offices for directors of the then newly formed Cadbury Brothers Limited Company. Prior to this date the business had been run as a partnership between brothers George and Richard Cadbury and their original offices are situated just behind No. 1 Lodge which were built in 1880. The original factory entrance was opposite the railway station (to the right) and called Station Lodge. When railway lines were installed in the factory in 1884 an additional entrance was built, just slightly to the left of this plaque, close to the pavement. This was called the Girl's Lodge and later No. 1 Lodge. It was demolished as part of the construction of the tall building to the left, known as Linden Block which was completed in 1966. The directors were relocated to this new building and the new factory entrance was created through their old offices and this is now called No. 1 Lodge. The whole Bournville site has become known as 'The Factory in a Garden'. The ancient pear tree which grew against Mrs Duffield's Cottage, that once stood near No. 1 Lodge, still remains.

Bournville Lane, Bournville, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Cadbury No 14 The 20 ton diesel locomotive began its working life in 1957 at the Cadbury factory in Moreton. It was designed to look like the rest of the Cadbury fleet, many of which were steam trains. Its job was to move products, packaging and finished goods around the factory. When in working condition its top speed was 14mph and it could haul 200 tons! In 1978 the train was temporarily relocated to the Llangollen Railway Society, then returned to Moreton before arriving at Bournville in February 2007. Cadbury No 14 was donated to Cadbury by Burton's Foods who now operate from Moreton.

Cadbury World - Trade Street, Bournville, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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This park, one of many gifts to Birmingham, by Louisa Anne Ryland 1814-1889

The Lodge at Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston Road entrance, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Ian Hambridge aged 15 years, of Northampton, who lost his life resulting from a tragic accident here at St Andrews (near this spot) on Saturday 11th May 1985. As a football supporter, one of us, never to be forgotten

St Andrews Ground, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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The Forward Prize 2011 Presented to mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of Symphony Hall and its contribution to the cultural life of Birmingham

Symphony Hall, Centenary Square, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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In grateful memory of the life and work of Canon Bryan S.W. Green D.D. 1901 - 1993 Parson & Worldwide Evangelist Rector of Birmingham 1948 - 1970 I press forward that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus laid hold of me

St Martin's Church in the Bullring, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Reverend Peter Stanford (1860 - 1909) African American born into slavery. Campaigner for racial justice. Author, historian and pastor here from 1889-1895. Birmingham's first black minister

Highgate Baptist Church, Conybere Street, Highgate, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Kate Elizabeth Bunce (1856-1927) Prominent Birmingham artist of the Arts & Crafts Movement who, with her sister, Myra, created a fine reredos for a chapel in this church.

St Alban's Church, Conybere Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Alfred Bird (1811-1878) Chemist and Druggist Inventor of eggless custard powder and baking powder Made on this site until 1963

Gibb Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Sir Peter Medawar won a Nobel Prize for his work on graft rejection and acquired immune tolerance in 1960

Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Enclosed by the inhabitants of Erdington, in commemoration of the Jubilee of her Majesty Queen Victoria 1887.

Orphanage Road, Erdington, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle creator of Sherlock Holmes lived here 1878-1881

T Startin Ltd, Aston Road North, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Between 1909 - 1914 the "old" station was replaced by Snow Hill in its final form without interruption to regular services. G.L. Churchward succeeded William Dean as chief engineer and by 1912 his locomotives like No 2906 "Lady of Lynn" and the "Saint" and "Star" classes were providing a regular 2 hour express service from Paddington. Carriages were painted maroon but later reverted to the familiar GWR chocolate and cream livery. Larger and more powerful "Castle" and "King" class locomotives were introduced by Charles B. Collett during the Nineteen Twenties and Thirties. When war came in 1939 Great Westerns familiar livery was replaced by austerity grey and in 1948 the GWR merged its identity into British Railways. Snow Hill continued as part of Western region until 1967 when by order of Parliament it ceased operation as a main line station. The mosaic you see here is a miniature of the original work that once dominated St Chad's Circus by Kenneth Budd and Associates. The original was 300ft long with varying heights to a maximum of 20ft at the works centre. It took three years to create and was installed in 1969. The locomotives were 2:3 scale and the carriages 1:1. The work was made in gold leaf and glass mosaic manufactured by Orsoni in Venice set around with a light and dark stone aggregate. The original lettering panels were carved by stonemason Michael Seymour. The new work by Kenneth's son Oliver Budd is a faithful facsimile of the original design. www.buddmosaics.co.uk

Birmingham Snow Hill Station - near the Living Wall, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Wattilisk sculpture by Vincent Woropay is presented. The sculpture is made of black Indian granite with an Egyptian obelisks and Native American totem poles which associate the surroundings and history of Birmingham, England. It has a surmounted portrait heads and is situated outside the Crown Courts.

Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts - Birmingham Crown Court - Dalton Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom