[125], Birmingham is a snowy city relative to other large UK conurbations, due to its inland location and comparatively high elevation. [308] This library faces cuts, due to reduced funding from Central government. Music was specially composed, conducted or performed by Mendelssohn, Gounod, Sullivan, Dvořák, Bantock and Edward Elgar, who wrote four of his most famous choral pieces for Birmingham. It is claimed government cuts to local authorities have hit Birmingham disproportionately. [60] This led to exceptional levels of inventiveness: between 1760 and 1850 – the core years of the Industrial Revolution – Birmingham residents registered over three times as many patents as those of any other British town or city. [134] Birmingham Botanical Gardens, located close to the city centre, retains the regency landscape of its original design by J. C. Loudon in 1829,[137] while the Winterbourne Botanic Garden in Edgbaston reflects the more informal Arts and Crafts tastes of its Edwardian origins. [251] In inner-city areas too, much Victorian housing was demolished and redeveloped. This was attributed to a 5% increase in house prices and local investment into infrastructure. [196] The award-winning political playwright David Edgar was born in Birmingham,[197] and the science fiction author John Wyndham spent his early childhood in the Edgbaston area of the city. In 1998 Birmingham hosted the 24th G8 summit. The City of Birmingham is pleased to offer employees a flexible spending account (FSA) benefit. [345] Birmingham is the location for several British and international film productions including Felicia's Journey of 1999, which used locations in Birmingham that were used in Take Me High of 1973 to contrast the changes in the city. The poet W. H. Auden grew up in the Harborne area of the city and during the 1930s formed the core of the Auden Group with Birmingham University lecturer Louis MacNeice. [259] The M6 passes through the city on the Bromford Viaduct, which at 3.5 miles (5.6 km) is the longest bridge in the UK. People from Birmingham are called Brummies, a term derived from the city's nickname of "Brum", which originates from the city's old name, Brummagem, which in turn is thought to have derived from "Bromwich-ham". The streamlining was removed for maintenance reasons in April 1946, making it the first Thinktank is Birmingham's main science museum, with a giant screen cinema, a planetarium and a collection that includes the Smethwick Engine, the world's oldest working steam engine. This is noted in Ukrainian[357] and in Birmingham public records. It is a major trauma centre offering services to the extended West Midlands region and houses the largest single-floor critical care unit in the world, with 100 beds. Touring theatre companies include the politically radical Banner Theatre, the Maverick Theatre Company and Kindle Theatre. These issues are further compounded by the City Manager himself as he is a lifelong Birmingham resident and holds the City in high regard. [234] Aston Manor Brewery is currently the only brewery of any significant size. Birmingham City Centre. It was designed by the Dutch architects Mecanoo and has been described as "a kind of public forum ... a memorial, a shrine, to the book and to literature". [86] Otto Frisch and Rudolf Peierls first described how a practical nuclear weapon could be constructed in the Frisch–Peierls memorandum of 1940,[87] the same year that the cavity magnetron, the key component of radar and later of microwave ovens, was invented by John Randall and Henry Boot. to British Railways in 1948, re-numbered as 46235 and became Dutchess class. Another 33.9% said they were in good health, which was also below the national average. Place names ending in -ingahām are characteristic of primary settlements established during the early phases of Anglo-Saxon colonisation of an area, suggesting that Birmingham was probably in existence by the early 7th century at the latest. [154] During the late 1990s Ghamkol Shariff Masjid was built in Small Heath. Built: No.6235 was built in 1939 at Crewe. [90] This included the construction of large tower block estates, such as Castle Vale. [26] Beorma, after whom the tribe was named, could have been its leader at the time of the Anglo-Saxon settlement, a shared ancestor, or a mythical tribal figurehead. [112], Much of the area now occupied by the city was originally a northern reach of the ancient Forest of Arden, whose former presence can still be felt in the city's dense oak tree-cover and in the large number of districts such as Moseley, Saltley, Yardley, Stirchley and Hockley with names ending in "-ley": the Old English -lēah meaning "woodland clearing". The city was also the scene of two scientific discoveries that were to prove critical to the outcome of the war. There is also a thriving independent and artisan food sector in Birmingham, encompassing microbreweries like Two Towers,[238] and collective bakeries such as Loaf. [174], According to the 2014 Mercer Quality of Living Survey, Birmingham was placed 51st in the world, which was the second highest rating in the UK. [342], Birmingham will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. [161] With major facilities such as the National Exhibition Centre and International Convention Centre Birmingham attracts 42% of the UK's total conference and exhibition trade. Putting People First | The official page for the City of Birmingham. An FSA allows employees to budget and save up to a certain amount of pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified medical and childcare expenses throughout the plan year … [27] Surrounding settlements with names ending in -tūn (farm), -lēah (woodland clearing), -worð (enclosure) and -field (open ground) are likely to be secondary settlements created by the later expansion of the Anglo-Saxon population,[28] in some cases possibly on earlier British sites. Birmingham is located in the centre of the West Midlands region of England on the Birmingham Plateau – an area of relatively high ground, ranging between 500 and 1,000 feet (150 and 300 metres) above sea level and crossed by Britain's main north–south watershed between the basins of the Rivers Severn and Trent. [249], Postwar redevelopment and anti-Victorianism resulted in the loss of dozens of Victorian buildings like New Street station and the old Central Library, often replaced by brutalist architecture. Other influential poets associated with Birmingham include Roi Kwabena, who was the city's sixth poet laureate,[195] and Benjamin Zephaniah, who was born in the city. Traces of medieval Birmingham can be seen in the oldest churches, notably the original parish church, St Martin in the Bull Ring. [150] In addition to Birmingham itself, the LUZ includes the Metropolitan Boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull and Walsall, along with the districts of Lichfield, Tamworth, North Warwickshire and Bromsgrove. Bishop Vesey's Grammar School was founded by Bishop Vesey in 1527. It is the second-largest city, urban area and metropolitan area in England and the United Kingdom,[b] with roughly 1.1 million inhabitants within the city area, 2.9 million inhabitants within the urban area and 4.3 million inhabitants within the metropolitan area and lies within the most populated English district. [122] The highest recorded temperature, set during August 1990, was 34.9 °C (94.8 °F). Since 2001, Birmingham has also been host to the Frankfurt Christmas Market. Tax and License Effective December 2019, the City of Birmingham has contracted with Avenu to provide business license and tax filing services. In Birmingham, 60.4% of the population was aged between 16 and 74, compared to 66.7% in England as a whole. 3 reviews of City of Birmingham Police Department "Spending three weeks in a city, you sometimes have an opportunity to see their law enforcement at work. The City of Birmingham, Michigan is located approximately halfway between the City of Detroit and the City of Pontiac, in Oakland County. Birmingham has three mainstream digital-only news publishers, I Am Birmingham, Birmingham Updates and Second City. Birmingham is vibrant and prosperous, with a population of approximately 20,000. A top-level government body, the West Midlands Combined Authority, was formed in April 2016. Come and join us at our Summer L3 event on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th June 2020. It is the home of the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine for military personnel injured in conflict zones.[314]. It has been said that Birmingham is the last major Southern city in America, where a friendly "How y'all doin'," a hearty meal of country-fried steak with butter beans and a true taste of Southern hospitality await visitors. Nightlife in Birmingham is mainly concentrated along Broad Street and into Brindleyplace. Major civic buildings such as the Victoria Law Courts (in characteristic red brick and terracotta), the Council House and the Museum & Art Gallery were constructed. [278] The canals are mainly used today for leisure purposes,[279] and canalside regeneration schemes such as Brindleyplace have turned the canals into a tourist attraction. There are several major National Health Service hospitals in Birmingham. Public consultation on regeneration plans for central Birmingham to be launched The cost of funerals could be changing – have your say! [163] More traditional industries also remain: 40% of the jewellery made in the UK is still produced by the 300 independent manufacturers of the city's Jewellery Quarter,[164] continuing a trade first recorded in Birmingham in 1308. To the south west of the city lie the Lickey Hills,[111] Clent Hills and Walton Hill, which reach 1,033 feet (315 m) and have extensive views over the city. BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – Mayor Randall Woodfin has pledged to “never” do business with Metron Marketing and Distribution after he said it “swindled” the City of Birmingham. [217] Cadbury World is a museum showing visitors the stages and steps of chocolate production and the history of chocolate and the company. Birmingham is home to many national, religious and spiritual festivals including a St. George's Day party. Law enforcement in Birmingham is carried out by West Midlands Police, whose headquarters are at Lloyd House in the city centre. [85], The city suffered heavy bomb damage during World War II's "Birmingham Blitz". [310] The library service has 4 million visitors annually. The city's quality of life rating has continued to improve over the years and Birmingham was ranked 49th in the world in the 2019 survey. Two major championship golf courses lie on the city's outskirts. [80] Birmingham schoolteacher Rowland Hill invented the postage stamp and created the first modern universal postal system in 1839. [178], The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's home venue is Symphony Hall. Females represented 51.6% of the population whilst men represented 48.4%. The city lies approximately 110 miles (177 km) northwest of London. 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[39], Birmingham's GVA was £24.8bn (2015 est.,), economic growth accelerated each successive year between 2013 and 2015, and with an annual growth of 4.2% in 2015, GVA per head grew at the second fastest rate of England's eight "Core Cities". 450-1100)-language text, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz area identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 16 January 2021, at 12:55. [77] Lord Durham, who drafted the Act, wrote that "the country owed Reform to Birmingham, and its salvation from revolution". Birmingham is chiefly a product of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries; its growth began during the Industrial Revolution. [19] Major industrial plants within the city include Jaguar Land Rover in Castle Bromwich and Cadbury in Bournville, with large local producers also supporting a supply chain of precision-based small manufacturers and craft industries. Birmingham (/ˈbɜːrmɪŋəm/ (listen)[3][4][5] BUR-ming-əm) is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England. Instead of the economies of scale of a low-paid, unskilled workforce producing a single bulk commodity such as cotton or wool in large, mechanised units of production, Birmingham's industrial development was built on the adaptability and creativity of a highly paid workforce with a strong division of labour, practising a broad variety of skilled specialist trades and producing a constantly diversifying range of products, in a highly entrepreneurial economy of small, often self-owned workshops. [93] The convictions are now considered one of the worst British miscarriages of justice in recent times. [239] Recent years have seen these businesses increasingly showcased at farmers markets,[240] popular street food events[241] and food festivals including Birmingham Independent Food Fair.[242][243]. The Ikon Gallery hosts displays of contemporary art, as does Eastside Projects. [68] In 1746 John Roebuck invented the lead chamber process, enabling the large-scale manufacture of sulphuric acid,[69] and in 1780 James Keir developed a process for the bulk manufacture of alkali,[70] together marking the birth of the modern chemical industry. [101], Recently, many parts of Birmingham have been transformed, with the redevelopment of the Bullring Shopping Centre,[102] the construction of the new Library of Birmingham (the largest public library in Europe) and the regeneration of old industrial areas such as Brindleyplace, The Mailbox and the International Convention Centre. [284] In 2011 Birmingham had 78,259 full-time students from all over the world aged 18–74 resident in the city during term time, more than any other city in the United Kingdom outside London. [232], Birmingham is the only city outside London to have five Michelin starred restaurants: Simpson's in Edgbaston, Carters of Moseley, and Purnell's, Opheem and Adam's in the city centre. With an estimated 2019 population of 209,403, it is the most populous city in Alabama. During the 1960s, Birmingham was the home of a music scene comparable to that of Liverpool. Midland Red Bus Depot, Bull Ring. Alexander Stadium, which will host the ceremonies and athletics, will be renovated and the capacity will be increased to 40,000 seats. The Bull Ring was reconstructed and New Street station was redeveloped. A few other buildings from the medieval and Tudor periods survive, among them the Lad in the Lane[245] and The Old Crown, the 15th century Saracen's Head public house and Old Grammar School in Kings Norton[246] and Blakesley Hall. [229] It is also the largest kind of boat race in the United Kingdom. Duties: Built to haul the Coronation Scot, an express passenger train of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway inaugurated in 1937 for the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. [307] A new Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square, replacing Central Library, was opened on 3 September 2013. Iconic works by Birmingham designers include the Baskerville font,[209] Ruskin Pottery,[210] the Acme Thunderer whistle,[211] the Art Deco branding of the Odeon Cinemas[212] and the Mini. [223] The city's largest single-day event is its St. Patrick's Day parade (Europe's second largest, after Dublin). Many buildings in the area are disused but plans are in place for redevelopment including in Shadwell Street and Vesey Street. As of 2018[update], the council has a Labour Party majority and is led by Ian Ward. From 1997 until December 2006, the city hosted an annual arts festival ArtsFest, the largest free arts festival in the UK at the time. [38] By 1327 it was the third-largest town in Warwickshire,[39] a position it would retain for the next 200 years. This is the first time it has featured in the top 50. [313] The hospital has the largest solid organ transplantation programme in Europe as well as the largest renal transplant programme in the United Kingdom and it is a national specialist centre for liver, heart and lung transplantation, as well as cancer studies. The Birmingham Heritage Festival is a Mardi Gras style event in August. Easily accessible to all major freeways and the airport, Birmingham is also bordered by Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Beverly Hills, Royal Oak and Troy. [201] Its most important figure was David Cox, whose later works make him an important precursor of impressionism. West Bromwich Albion also draw support within the Birmingham area, being located at The Hawthorns just outside the city boundaries in Sandwell. [328] Aston Villa currently play in the Premier League while Birmingham City currently play in the Championship. What are synonyms for City of Birmingham? The oldest surviving synagogue in Birmingham is the 1825 Greek Revival Severn Street Synagogue, now a Freemasons' Lodge hall. [199] The city's leading contemporary literary publisher is the Tindal Street Press, whose authors include prize-winning novelists Catherine O'Flynn, Clare Morrall and Austin Clarke.[200]. Birmingham was twinned with Zaporizhzhia, in Ukraine, in the late Soviet Union period. A number of Georgian buildings survive, including St Philip's Cathedral, Soho House, Perrott's Folly, the Town Hall and much of St Paul's Square. [58], Birmingham's explosive industrial expansion started earlier than that of the textile-manufacturing towns of the North of England,[59] and was driven by different factors. [305], The former Birmingham Central Library, opened in 1972, was considered to be the largest municipal library in Europe. Birmingham City Council is England's largest local education authority, directly or indirectly responsible for 25 nursery schools, 328 primary schools, 77 secondary schools[297] and 29 special schools. [79], Birmingham's tradition of innovation continued into the 19th century. [47], By the time of the English Civil War Birmingham's booming economy, its expanding population, and its resulting high levels of social mobility and cultural pluralism, had seen it develop new social structures very different from those of more established areas. Winners' Chapel also maintains physical presence in Digbeth. These were previously located at the Pebble Mill Studios in Edgbaston. Warwickshire County Cricket Club play at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, which also hosts test cricket and one day internationals and is the largest cricket ground in the United Kingdom after Lord's. The next decade saw the influential metal bands Napalm Death and Godflesh emerge from the city. [23] Birmingham is the fourth-most visited city in the UK by foreign visitors. The development of Birmingham into a significant urban and commercial centre began in 1166, when the Lord of the Manor Peter de Bermingham obtained a charter to hold a market at his castle, and followed this with the creation of a planned market town and seigneurial borough within his demesne or manorial estate, around the site that became the Bull Ring. [306] Six of its collections were designated by the Arts Council England as being "pre-eminent collections of national and international importance", out of only eight collections to be so recognised in local authority libraries nationwide. The recession of the early 1980s saw Birmingham's economy collapse, with unprecedented levels of unemployment and outbreaks of social unrest in inner-city districts. [120] Some 11.2 days each year rose to a temperature of 25.1 °C (77.2 °F) or above[121] and 51.6 nights reported an air frost. Existing communities were relocated to tower block estates like Castle Vale. Birmingham is also the hub for various national ethnic media, lifestyle magazines, digital news platforms, and the base for two regional Metro editions (East and West Midlands). (Video above: Birmingham mayor … [170] Levels of unemployment are among the highest in the country, with 10.0% of the economically active population unemployed (Jun 2016). The Orchestra of the Swan is the resident chamber orchestra at Birmingham Town Hall,[179] where weekly recitals have also been given by the City Organist since 1834.[180]. It was replaced in 1856 by the Grade II* listed Singers Hill Synagogue. [124] During the coldest night recorded, 14 January 1982, the temperature fell to −20.8 °C (−5.4 °F) at Birmingham Airport on the city's eastern edge, but just −12.9 °C (8.8 °F) at Edgbaston, near the city centre. [144] 57% of primary and 52% of secondary pupils are from non-White British families.[145]. The author J. R. R. Tolkien was brought up in the Kings Heath area of Birmingham. Located in the West Midlands county and region in England, approximately 100 miles (160 km) from Central London, Birmingham, as one of the United Kingdom's major cities, is considered to be the social, cultural, financial, and commercial centre of the Midlands. Birmingham’s citywide email system is the best way to receive the la... test news about our City! Distinctively, Birmingham only has small rivers flowing through it, mainly the River Tame and its tributaries River Rea and River Cole – one of the closest main rivers is the Severn, approximately 20 miles (32 km) west of the city centre. [190] It is resident at the Birmingham Hippodrome and tours extensively nationally and internationally. Other notable professional orchestras based in the city include the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and Ex Cathedra, a Baroque chamber choir and period instrument orchestra. [248] Across the city, the need to house the industrial workers gave rise to miles of redbrick streets and terraces, many of back-to-back houses, some of which were later to become inner-city slums. [44] By the 1600s Birmingham formed the commercial hub of a network of forges and furnaces stretching from South Wales to Cheshire[45] and its merchants were selling finished manufactured goods as far afield as the West Indies. Tractive efffort 40,000 lbf. Areas included are the aforementioned Sutton Park; land along the borough boundary by the Sutton Coldfield, Walmley and Minworth suburbs; Kingfisher, Sheldon, Woodgate Valley country parks; grounds by the Wake Green football club; Bartley and Frankley reservoirs; and Handsworth cemetery with surrounding golf courses. [208], Birmingham's role as a manufacturing and printing centre has supported strong local traditions of graphic design and product design. [337] It is played annually at the Edgbaston Priory Club, which in 2010 announced plans for a multimillion-pound redevelopment, including a new showcase centre court and a museum celebrating the game's Birmingham origins.[338]. Since 1921, the City of Birmingham Choir (http://citychoir.org.uk) has entertained audiences with a wide and adventurous repertoire. St Philip's Cathedral was upgraded from church status when the Anglican Diocese of Birmingham was created in 1905. [94][95][96], Birmingham remained by far Britain's most prosperous provincial city as late as the 1970s,[97] with household incomes exceeding even those of London and the South East,[98] but its economic diversity and capacity for regeneration declined in the decades that followed World War II as Central Government sought to restrict the city's growth and disperse industry and population to the stagnating areas of Wales and Northern England. Summer Row, The Mailbox, O2 Academy in Bristol Street, Snobs Nightclub, St Philips/Colmore Row, St Paul's Square and the Jewellery Quarter all have a vibrant night life. The Birmingham Corporation Water Department was set up in 1876 to supply water to Birmingham, up until 1974 when its responsibilities were transferred to Severn Trent Water. All other religions remained proportionately similar.[153]. [48] Relationships were built around pragmatic commercial linkages rather than the rigid paternalism and deference of feudal society, and loyalties to the traditional hierarchies of the established church and aristocracy were weak. 2,519 were here. Business License Online Filing & Application It was whilst staying in Birmingham that American author Washington Irving produced several of his most famous literary works, such as Bracebridge Hall and The Humorists, A Medley which are based on Aston Hall, as well as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle . Birmingham is an important centre for religious education. She is too tall for work on the national network, though many enthusiasts continue to The biennial International Dance Festival Birmingham started in 2008, organised by DanceXchange and involving indoor and outdoor venues across the city. Weather station is located 7 miles (11 km) from the Birmingham city centre. In the spirit of continuous improvement City of Birmingham utilizes the MITN Purchasing Group and welcomes your participation and cooperation. The authority is governed by a directly elected mayor, similar to the Mayor of London.[110]. Partly due to its central location, Birmingham is a major transport hub on the motorway, rail and canal networks. Today, much of this city of over a million dates back … The BBC Drama Village, based in Selly Oak, is a production facility specialising in television drama.[348]. The West Midlands conurbation had a population of 2,441,00 (2011 est.,), and 2,762,700 people live in the West Midlands (county) (2012 est.,). 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