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16. HOCKLEY STREET TO THE MUSEUM


Explore the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter

THE WALK

THE INFO

Continue down Hockley Street as far as the traffic island, and turn left into Spencer Street (1), (2). Continue along Spencer Street and turn first right into Vyse Street. The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is 100 yards along on the right, and the cafe is next door, beyond the museum. Congratulations! You have now completed the walk!

A. Plantagenet Buildings

B. The Jewellery Business Centre

ESSENTIALS

 The Museum cafe sells food and non-alcoholic drinks. There are toilets.

 

 (1) Plantagenet Buildings

The most curious feature of Plantagenet Buildings is the triangular site which, as you can see, tapers almost to nothing at the Hockley Street end. This was a speculative development of houses and workshops when it was erected in around 1871 in an ornate Italianate style which, as we have seen elsewhere, was popular around that time. Like other buildings we have seen, and other houses along Spencer Street, there are several nameplates alongside each door and if you read them you will see that the building still houses jewellery workshops.

(2) The Jewellery Business Centre

The Jewellery Business Centre was redeveloped in 1989 from a number of former houses which had been adapted for manufacturing purposes. The frontages were retained, whilst the workshops behind were demolished and rebuilt using the original bricks to form courtyards. The centre now houses a number of units which are let for a variety of purposes. The new gates at the main entrance (B) are by Michael Johnson.

(3) The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

This is where the walk ends. I hope you have enjoyed it and found it interesting. But really, the walk only does half a job; whilst we have learnt a lot about the Jewellery Quarter, we have learnt next to nothing about jewellery manufacture. This is where the museum comes in. You can learn a lot about the history and methods of jewellery manufacture here, and see jewellers at work. Due to a quirk of the history of the premises, it is also a fascinating time capsule. A visit is highly recommended.

Entrance to the museum is by guided tour only and, to make sure you don't just miss a tour, before you go for your well-earned cup of tea in the cafe it's a good idea to pop into the museum and verify the time of the next tour.

 

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2001 Bob Miles