The Jewellery Quarter
This unique area dates back to over 250 years ago and is still home to over 500 jewellery businesses. A designated conservation area with over 200 listed buildings, it has been described by English Heritage as ‘a unique historic environment in England – a national treasure’, which has few, if any, parallels in Europe.
In the Jewellery Quarter, you will also find Birmingham’s last remaining Georgian Square in the tranquil surroundings of St Paul’s, with its fine restaurants, bars and galleries.
Not only does the Quarter have an incredibly interesting heritage, but it also has an expanding, thriving business community, a growing residential population and an established retail sector that boasts over 100 jewellery retailers, specialist retailers and not to mention many up and coming bars/restaurants.
Welcome to the Jewellery Quarter, a historic and vibrant neighbourhood located in Birmingham, England. Renowned for its rich heritage in jewellery-making, this charming district offers a unique blend of history, creativity, and modernity. Whether you’re seeking exquisite jewellery, exploring cultural attractions, or indulging in culinary delights, the Jewellery Quarter has something for everyone. This area guide will help you navigate and make the most of your time in this fascinating neighbourhood.
The Jewellery Quarter is a captivating neighbourhood that celebrates the artistry and craftsmanship of jewellery-making. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage, browse stunning collections, and explore the artistic spirit that defines this unique part of Birmingham.
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Birmingham used to be the workshop of the world.
A lot of the industry around Hockley revolved around the making of jewellery, crafting of metals and the manufacture of small and shiny objects of desire.
The quarter was once a wealthy residential area of upmarket Georgian houses. But during the 19th century workshops and factories sprang up and even homes were converted for business use.
The manufacturing trade declined after the 1920s and new uses have had to be found for the buildings left vacant.
The bigger of the warehouses have lent themselves to loft-style living with developers like Javelin Block creating edgy urban spaces concealed behind exteriors that look unchanged since their industrial heyday.
There are 6,000 people now living in the quarter, who can enjoy its restaurants, bars and cafes.
Much of the social whirl is centred around St Paul’s Church Square, up Ludgate Hill (many have revelled late into the night enjoying the cheap drinks and judgement-free atmosphere on the dance deck of the Actress and Bishop), and beneath the Square Peg.
The Jewellery Quarter’s planning tracker on its website reveals a full list of applications to create apartments, studios and penthouses in streets all over the area.
House price stats for 2015 in the quarter went from £66k for a studio in St Pauls Square to £690k for a loft designed by Javelin Block in Viceroy House.
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