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The Bullring

The Bullring has become the main shopping centre of Birmingham since it opened in 2003 with over 160 retail outlets. But this area is more than just shops – it also has a long history and lots of interesting stories to tell. The site of the Bullring has always been an area for trading. In 1166 it was given a licence to have a market. In the 1950s the site was thriving as a shopping area and then in the …

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Jewellery Quarter

The Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham’s city centre dates back to the 17th century and is like a living museum. King Charles II began a fashion for buttons and shoe buckles, and trade for metal workers increased, especially in the Birmingham area. They also made trinket boxes and jewellery, which became known as “Brummagen Toys”. As this trade continued to grow, more houses and workshops were set up and in the 18th century this concentration of skills became the Jewellery Quarter. …

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