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Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

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The Jewellery Quarter is an area of Birmingham, England. Situated in the south of the Hockley area of the city centre, there is a population of around 3,000 people in a 1.07km2 area.The Jewellery Quarter is Europe's largest concentration of businesses involved in the jewellery trade, which produces 40% of all the jewellery made in the UK. It is also home to the world's largest Assay Office, which hallmarks around 12 million items a year. Historically the Jewellery Quarter has been the birthplace of many pioneering advancements in industrial technology.At its peak in the early 1900s the Jewellery Quarter employed over 30,000 people, however due to foreign competition and lack of demand, the industry declined throughout the 20th century. The area is now being transformed into an urban village and hub for creative businesses, whilst maintaining its urban fabric. Its historical importance has led to numerous conservation schemes and it is an Anchor Point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage.HistoryOriginsA survey of 1553 named one of the first goldsmiths of Birmingham, Roger Pemberton. During the 18th and 19th centuries, Birmingham prospered from the Industrial Revolution and developed into a large industrial town, manufacturing a vast range of products, often from various metals. Many large foundries and glassworks attracted workers from all areas of Britain. A considerable trade developed in the manufacture of gilt buttons, cap badges, pins and small metal toys.
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  • An interesting area with jewellery factories and jewellery shops. The traditional jewellery manufacturing area of Birmingham has been developed into a retail area selling jewellery.  more »
  • There are a lot of jewellery shops to look in, sadly many out of my price range but we can dream. An interesting place to visit  more »
  • I had never been before, so many shops, some very similar, but depends what you want. Very good if you want to have something made  more »

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To experience the best urban attractions available in Birmingham, book your lodgings in the pedestrianized city center. This area is known for its attractive walkways, which provide easy foot access to most tourist sites. Centrally located hotels offer stunning views of the city's skyline and numerous modern amenities, including luxurious spa centers and award-winning restaurants. Staying close to the center will put you in the thick of the action, near all of the city's famous bars and nightclubs. If all you are looking for is a good night's sleep and a warm meal, consider booking your rooms at a family-run B&B in one of the quieter neighborhoods on the outskirts of town.
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