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December 2017

Issue No 389


The Hockley Flyer AND

Jewellery Quarter Heritage


A Birmingham potter realises his ambition

Domino Retailers opt For a Colourful Christmas Appeal to restore the Grave of one of Birmingham’s most illustrious daughters NEWS • LARGE EVENTS SECTION • CLASSIFIEDS • HERITAGE PAGES • PLANNING NEWS •



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Inside this month’s issue...


Editorial ........................................................................... 16 News................................................................................. 18 The Hockley Flyer Pick-up Points Albion Street:

Pig & Tail Public House

Augusta Street:

Fellows Auctioneers

Events .............................................................................. 30 Planning .......................................................................... 34

Caroline Street:

Classifieds ....................................................................... 36

Charlotte Street:


Bloc Hotel Otto Wood Fired Pizza Travelodge

Constitution Hill:

The Wolf Birmingham

Fleet Street:

Coffin Works

Frederick Street:

1000 Trades Neighbourhood Bar & Kitchen AR Bar & Gallery The Button Factory Fredericks Coffee Lounge & Bar NatWest Bank Pen Museum

Great Hampton Street:

Domino Retailers opt For a Colourful Christmas.............. 18 A Birmingham potter realises his ambition…................... 18 Albert Leonard Green....................................................... 19 Domino Strengthens its Marketing Team.......................... 19

The Lord Clifden The Church Inn

JQ Museums Christmas and New Year Closing............... 19

Actress & Bishop Locanta Italian Restaurant Cucina Rustica Italian Restaurant

Appeal to restore the Grave of one of Birmingham’s most illustrious daughters................................................. 22

Ludgate Hill:

Moreton Street:

Anchorcert Group (Assay Office)

Newhall Street:

The Queens Arms

Hockley Mint Offers Free Hallmarking in December......... 23

Guildsman Jewellery Gallery Betts Metal Sales

Domino Reveals Key Trends for 2018 & Beyond.............. 24

Andersons Bar and Grill RBSA Gallery Saint Kitchen The Rectory Bar St Pauls Club (members only access) St Pauls House The Jam House

Trace Your Ancestors........................................................ 25

Spencer Street:

St Pauls Square:

Vittoria Street:

The Hive Café & Bakery CooksonGold Birmingham School of Jewellery

Vyse Street:

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter Hylton Café Weston Beamor

Warstone Lane:

Frank Joiner HS Walsh Warstone Lane Post Office The Red Lion The Rose Villa Tavern Urban JQ

RIP Big Issue Seller.......................................................... 25 NatWest Branch at 22 Frederick Street to Close.............. 25 HERITAGE: ...................................................................... 26

G R Elkington & Co. Plating, Plastics & Champion Trophy Makers

Alexander Parkes

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Planning............................................................................ 34

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Seasons Greetings Wishing everyone in the Jewellery Quarter a very Merry Christmas! The AnchorCert Group will close on Friday 22nd December 2017, reopening in the New Year on Tuesday 2nd January 2018. Keep up to date with our seasonal opening hours by visiting our website from Friday 1st December, or simply follow us on social media for regular updates.

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Marie Haddleton and from the Editorial team.

Are you ready for Christmas? No matter how early we start, it always seems to be suddenly upon us - it’s almost a relief when it’s too late to buy anything else!

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General enquiries: k Editorial: Marie Haddleton  0121-364 0700 k Production: Mark Haddleton  0121-364 0700 k

I have been very busy during the past month researching the ‘Jewellery Quarter at War’ series for the JQ Heritage pages - over 85 stories to date! It would be great if more companies and individuals would join JQ Heritage to help me with expenses. (Only £10 per year with free door/window stickers to show you care). These stories are truly inspiring - what a wonderful breed of people! Where was I during WW2? I was 11 years old when the war started, and my family had already moved out to the countryside of Great Barr, thanks to the ‘Hockley Slum Clearance’ scheme, and from our air raid shelter in the garden we could see straight across to the city centre, with flares and searchlights lighting up the scene plus, the noise of the bombs exploding, and ack-ack guns stationed in Perry Barr Park. When the air raid sirens went off our dog, bolted up the garden to be first down the shelter! My dad, as a policeman, was on duty on a 24-hour basis. Myself - I was more frightened of the earwigs, of which there was a plague at the time! I reckon one or two developers are panicking a bit about the Budget where empty living accommodation which has been previously exempt from rates, will now be charged at the going rate and in some cases charged double. Wonder how many empty apartments there are in the Quarter now, plus of course about a thousand still in the pipeline? The proposed increase in rateable value on workshops doesn’t help the trade though. We can’t keep putting up prices every year.

Deadline 20th of month preceding cover date. The Hockley Flyer is published by YBA Publications.

Still having my battle with the NHS - don’t know how the ‘average’ elderly person with no computer, manages to get anything sorted out at all. I tried to get a simple wheelchair - but was told: “You don’t go out enough to warrant one” - daft isn’t it? I am also going to desperately need a stairlift soon - when I mention this to the various NHS visitors, they go very quiet. I don’t mind a reconditioned one - but when I contact stairlift companies myself, I just get hard-sell tactics. Even though I tell them I don’t have thousands of pounds, they just ignore that fact and it’s really hard to shake them off and it can get very unpleasant! If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

The Editor is pleased to receive any contributions suitable for use in The Hockley Flyer, and all correspondence should be sent to:

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Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the contents are correct, we cannot be held responsible for any errors, omissions, etc. and the views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher or the editor. All advertisements are accepted in good faith, and anyone trading with advertisers do so entirely at their own risk. © 2017 YBA Publications


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Mark and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our many friends, supporters and advertisers during the past year and to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous 2018. Marie Haddleton Editor




“Jewellery Quarter Heritage is a vital initiative to ensure that the historic and manufacturing integrity of this world-famous district is respected in a sensitive, dynamic and sustainable way that engages responsibly with the present and future needs of the area.”

Patron: Professor Carl Chinn MBE, Ph.D., FRSA, FBirmSoc., social historian.

posed by larger manufacturers as they didn’t want strangers ‘roaming the streets causing security risks’





There have been a great number of Regeneration Projects aimed at The Jewellery Quarter over the years, plus three Charters. The most damaging of these was The Urban Village which was replaced by The Jewellery Quarter Conservation and Management Plan, but this took two years to be adopted, by which time a lot of damage had been done to the infrastructure, but the document made the whole of the area a Conservation Area and English Heritage made Grade 2 Listings on approximatley 120 buildings.

Inventions & Patents

The Jewellery Quarter Frederick Street and Vittoria Street 1933.

Historical Error

The YBA Publications’ Jewellery Quarter History & Guide Issue 2 stated that: ‘John Baskerville lived for a time in Frederick Street’ - from this statement many people assumed that this was in The Jewellery Quarter, but our further research has shown that he did live in a Frederick Street - but in Edgbaston! The street name was later changed to Frederick Road, so John Baskerville never actually lived in The Jewellery Quarter at all!

The Hockley Slums

By the 1920’s, lack of sunlight due to over-crowding and shut-in streets, poor air quality, and malnutrition led

to a lack of Vitamin D in pregnant women, resulting in a great number of babies being born with rickets, but TB was a main killer. A new estate was built in Great Barr to house the displaced families and In no time at all, the slum houses were occupied by the jewellery/silversmithing trade and by 1936 the Jewellery Quarter was regarded as an industrial area only and the general public were not welcome. No new housing was built in Hockley for 100 years. In the 1980s, the opening of part of their workshops and trading direct with the public caused a major stir and when the introduction of tourism was suggested, this was strongly op-


We can produce heritage reports mosly to support the Conservation requirements for planning applications, or prepare a similar document on your building for your interest, especially if it is listed.

Hundreds of Inventions, Patents etc have been registered from the Jewellery Quarter from Electroplating and Celluloid down to a small jewellery clasp.

Support Needed

As said previously The Jewellery Quarter has more history per square metre than any other area in the UK but also the fewest blue/brown plaques. Jewellery Quarter Heritage would like to rectify this, but needs your membership support and some funding for research, negotiations, etc.


Please do join JQ Heritage (at only £10.00 per annum) and you will get some door/window stickers to show your friends and customers you care about our Jewellery Quarter! These are currently being designed and will be available shortly

Jewellery Quarter Heritage, 31 Cedarwood Croft, Great Barr, Birmingham B42 1HS Email:

Supporters: Plus annonymous supporters



Trade Talk from around the Jewellery Quarter and more.

A selection of rings from Domino’s DRM Collection showing bi-metal and coloured stone options.

Domino Retailers opt For a Colourful Christmas

Domino jewellery has reported strong sales for right-hand rings incorporating fashionable coloured stones and creative alloy options. “We have seen retailers become more adventurous with the alloy combinations they are selecting from our lifestyle ring offering in our Diamond Ring Mount (DRM) collection, many opting to purchase two-part mounts, featuring a combination of white and coloured metal. We are pleased to see retailers also becoming bolder in the stones they are incorporating into our designs.” says Marketing Coordinator Chantelle Serrell-Cooke. Serrell-Cooke believes that the rise in popularity for coloured alloys and stones is all a part of the on-going trend for personalisation and says that the DRM Collection is ideally placed to give the end consumer many different creative options and the opportunity to ring the changes. “All our DRM designs look fabulous in white metal and diamonds, but they take on a completely new look when set with coloured stones or featuring coloured metal accents,” says Serrell-Cooke. Pieces are available in platinum or 18ct white, yellow and rose gold, with a large proportion of the offering being two-part mounts. Available either as unset mounts or fully set with the retailer’s choice of GVS or HSi diamonds. Alternatively, retailers


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can supply their own stones for setting or have stones sourced for them by the company’s expert ‘Jewellery Bureau’ team. “Lifestyle rings are not only a fabulous gift idea, but also very popular for self-purchasing. Right hand rings give consumers the chance to choose a piece that truly reflects their personality. Our creative designs will add a touch of glamour and sophistication to any retailers’ window not just for Christmas but at any time of the year.” Serrell-Cooke concludes. The collection is created and crafted entirely in-house at the company’s manufacturing facility in Birmingham, providing very competitive lead times of just 7-10 days for unset mounts and 15 days for set mounts, so there is still plenty of time left to order before the Festive Season begins in earnest.

A Birmingham potter realises his ambition… Potter Andrew Matheson from Sutton Coldfield has long had the desire to make large vases. and after a great many years he has embarked on his greatest challenge yet. “I’ve only managed to make six successful ones,” reveals Andrew, an elected member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. It’s the most difficult piece I do and I’m still developing the technique. I find that throwing the shape over two days has more success than trying to do it in one go. I throw a cylinder of clay on the first day and allow it to firm up. Then on the next day I expand the form to create the rounded shape. I then trim and turn it and using a variety of decorating techniques to apply different cobalt blue slips, a range of blue shades are created to achieve the final design. It takes several days to produce one large vase.” The first two will be exhibited for £160 each at the RBSA Members and Associates exhibition from November 23 to December 23. E:

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To you, the photo may look like an old, weathered photo of an unknown soldier, but to Simon Mitchell, this guy was one of the most noble soldiers that ever lived. This is his great grandfather, Albert Green, and this is the only photo that has been preserved of this hero. For context, he had previously volunteered to fight in the Boer War in 1902 when he was 16 years old, but the war ended before he was sent overseas. The photo shows Albert in his South Staffordshire uniform at that time. Born in Sheffield in the 1880s, he and his family moved to Birmingham and lived in Brookfields to find work, and at the start of WW1, he was working as a jeweller in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham, UK. As all patriots did during those times, he volunteered to go fight for his country, and left for France with the 10th Battalion Royal Warwickshires in 1916. His battalion would see much front line action, both at Albert, and also at Messine Ridge. Unfortunately, he was killed in action on the 25th of July in 1917 at age 31, leaving behind his widow and a young family. Grandmother always spoke of the sadness of not knowing her father, as she was a small child when he was killed. She would herself go on to work in the Quarter herself. For many years the details of Albert Leonard Green’s death In WW1 were unknown. However eventually I was able to trace him and find where he is buried in Belgium, in a cemetery in Vormezeele, not far from Ypres.

Not Commemorated

Simon Mitchell elaborates, “For



Albert Leonard Green

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whatever reason, my great grandfather he is not commemorated on the Warstone Lane War Memorial as we believe he should be. After many emails etc to Birmingham Council they have agreed that his name can be added after all this time, but at a cost of nearly £300. As a family we don’t have anywhere near this amount of money unfortunately. I have a strong desire to have my great grandfather’s name added to the local War memorial in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham where he lived and worked, yet I don’t have the funds I need just yet. I hope that you all will find it in your hearts to give even just a little towards this cause - any amount, great or small will be greatly appreciated! Thank you for reading my story, and helping a hero to get the memorial and recognition he rightly deserves. Many other of my ancestors worked within the Quarter and my elderly mother was born in Vyse street in 1933.” If you would like to help, here is the link:

Domino Jewellery has announced the appointment of Danny Wilkinson as a Marketing Executive with special responsibility for expanding the company’s digital programme including the management of its social media, e-shots and blogs. Wilkinson, who has a degree in Sports PR and Journalism from Staffordshire University, joins Domino from the timber industry where he held a similar role promoting manufactured timber items such as doors and skirting boards for the building trade. He is enthusiastic about his new position. “It’s very exciting role and I am much enjoying learning about the jewellery industry and being involved in the promotion of such a luxury product. There is a great atmosphere within the company and I know I shall enjoying working here and growing Domino’s digital offer,” he said. When not at work, Wilkinson enjoys all sport but particularly football and rugby.

Jewellery Quarter Museums Christmas and New Year Closing Museum of The Jewellery Quarter, Vyse Street

Closed 24 - 26, then 31 December 2017 to1st January 2018.

The Pen Room Frederick Street

Closed Monday 25 December, Tuesday 26 December and Monday 1 January 2018. Otherwise, the Museum opening times and days remain as published. Monday - Closed, then open on Tuesday - Saturday 11am to 4pm Sunday 1pm to 4pm. Last admission 3.15pm.

Coffin Works, Fleet Street

Closes 16th December 2017 and then re-opens on 10th January 2018.

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News of the nineteenth century. Her memory and her work live on in the University of Birmingham where the Constance Naden Medal is awarded. Yet her gravestone and memorial, in the Jewellery Quarter’s Key Hill Cemetery, lie in a sad disarray of broken fragments as can be seen from this recent photo. It is clear that it is past Constance Caroline Woodhill the point at which restoration can be Naden. Born 1858 - died 1889. undertaken, and a new memorial Poet - Philosopher - Scientist must be created. Such a re-habilitation of Naden is CONSTANCE NADEN may rightly be described as one of Birmingham’s no more than she deserves, cementmost illustrious daughters. Hers was ing her place as a notable Victorian a uniquely interdisciplinary Victorian thinker and daughter of Birmingham. voice. Naden’s insightful and witty To facilitate the replacement of this poetry and polemical prose writings broken memorial, the Constance regularly drew upon her wide-ranging Naden Trust has been formed. The Trust is inviting donations in scientific education at Mason College (now the University of Birmingham) order to raise the £4,000 needed for where she was honoured as the this important contribution to Birmingfirst female Associate. A gifted poet, ham’s cultural and intellectual history. philosopher, and scientific thinker, Naden was at the forefront of wom- Donations to date: We are pleased to announce that en’s intellectual progress at the end

Appeal to restore the Grave of one of Birmingham’s most illustrious daughters

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the ‘Friends’ have managed to donate £250 towards the new headstone repair set up by Dr Clare Stainthorp who is an expert on Constance Naden and her works. Also, Colin Giles who helped uncover the broken headstone also gave £25 - a personal donation - to help the Constance Naden’s cause. The Friends were able to help with the Constance Naden appeal due to those who have supported the Friends, this includes two generous donations, one from The Creative Jewellery Group Ltd, plus another generous donation from the Wooton Family in memory of Jean Barrett and her daughter Christine (this was in lieu of flowers at Jean’s recent funeral). Also, Greg Fattorini who donated 50 badges to the Friends and Marie Haddleton who helped to secure this order. All donations to the Friends goes into cemeteries, this includes guided tours fees, open days and history fairs, plus the sale of badges, novelty bone pens, etc. We are the only group who restore the graves including the upkeep of the cemeteries. New volunteers for physical work in the cemeteries are always needed. It is with thanks to our colleagues, Friends and the Hockley Flyer that we have another person who has requested to join the friends. email:


Hockley Mint Offers Free Hallmarking on Sameday Casting Throughout December Award-winning Birmingham-based jewellery manufacturer Hockley Mint will offer its customers free hallmarking on any same-day casting items made throughout December. Hockley Mint has invested in the latest casting technologies to ensure that it can maintain the highest levels of quality and a quick turnaround. To support customers in the run up to Christmas, all same-day casting will be hallmarked for free at its on-site sub-office hallmarking facility, ensuring that items can be manufactured and hallmarked in just one day. Gary Wroe, managing director of Hockley Mint, said: “One of the major advantages Hockley Mint offers is that we carry out the entire jewellery making process in house – a process that usually takes at least 24 hours

has been developed to be a four-hour service, meaning that jewellery items can be made, hallmarked and delivered the very same day. Offering free hallmarking in December is a small gift to our customers to thank them for their support and to help ensure that we all have a successful Christmas.” Hockley Mint, which is based in

the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter celebrates its 25th anniversary in business in 2017. The manufacturer has recently been shortlisted for both Supplier of the Year and Service Provider of the Year at this year’s NAJ Awards, which will take place on 7 December.

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Domino Reveals Key Trends for 2018 & Beyond ‘Personalisation’ and ‘Provenance’ are key themes which will be at the heart of Domino’s fine jewellery ranges in the coming year says its creative director, Naomi NewtonSherlock. “I think when you talk about trends it is important to differentiate between what I would term global consumer buying patterns and more parochial ‘trends’ which relate simply to jewellery and are linked to fashion,” she says. On the global front, Newton-Sherlock cites: ‘Personalisation’ and ‘Provenance’ as the two major retail trends which she believes will have an ongoing impact throughout the High Street in the coming year. “You only have to look at brands such as Nike and Mulberry to understand quite how important it is to offer shoppers the chance to reflect their own personality in the products they buy. Both these businesses and many others too, offer literally hundreds of different options in terms of colours, materials and finishes to ring the changes on the same basic product,” she says. In the light of increased consumer interest in ethically-sourced materials, green concerns and a growing appetite for UK-produced goods,

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‘Provenance’ is another mega trend which Newton-Sherlock feels will continue to have real impact on consumer purchasing decisions in 2018. “We are seeing a huge growth in both of these trends. We know that consumers love the fact that they have real choice when buying Domino designs and we are increasing their options wherever we can with more bi-colour metal choices, more coloured stone options and additional textures and finishes. Personalisation in jewellery isn’t just about engraving initials. It is about being able to create your own unique take on an iconic product to reflect your own look:” she says. Provenance is another key driver for Domino’s retailers and its end consumers also seem to value the fact that its jewellery is exclusively designed by its in-house team and created and crafted in the United

Kingdom. They also like the back stories relating to the inspiration for each piece which its designers always provide. Domino’s new ‘The Anthology Collection’, which has sold extremely strongly since its launch in September, is a perfect demonstration of how the company is working to meet consumer expectations for the two ‘P’s. This Collection in 18ct gold, diamonds and gemstones, incorporates ten different ‘families’ of jewellery comprising necklaces, earrings, dress rings and bracelets each of which is based around a distinctive design motif. “Anthology allows consumers to find a look they love and buy into it across a range of different pieces, products and price points,” Newton-Sherlock explains. Importantly the collection also offers plenty of opportunities for add-on sales.

When it comes to jewellery-specific ‘trends’ Newton-Sherlock has identified a number of themes which she believes will be key next year. “Whilst white metals are styling, we are seeing an increasing demand for yellow gold as people appreciate the depth and warmth it brings to designs. over several years in the limelight the popularity of red gold may now be diminishing a little and I believe 2018 will see the rise of yellow and yellow/ white bi-metal designs,” she says. Delicate, finely-detailed, lacey jewellery; floral designs incorporating vines and petals and edgy geometric designs with clean contemporary lines will also, she believes, continue to be popular; so too coloured gemstones especially green ones. “Our Gatsby range in yellow gold and emeralds and our Barley Corn collection with its flowing natural lines, both part of The Anthology Collection, have been firm favourites with retailers since they launched in the autumn,” she says.

Blurring the Boundaries Looking to the future Newton-Sherlock is excited about Domino’s new designs for 2018. “I feel thanks to the growing appetite for personalisation and for choice, that traditional boundaries are now breaking down. There is less differentiation between fine and costume jewellery and manufacturers like Domino are embracing new materials and more unusual stones. Consumers are also ringing the changes in how they pick and wear their jewellery. What were traditionally considered dress rings are now being worn as engagement rings; eternity rings and wedding rings are now being used as stacking rings and eternity rings are worn as wedding bands. This is exciting news and I believe that both manufacturers and retailers need to embrace the opportunities it brings and look at more imaginative ways of both creating and marketing jewellery. Domino is certainly working on this assumption and I think retailers will be surprised and delighted when we launch our first new designs next spring,” she concluded.


Lace, A Touch of Green and Yellow and all Things Natural

Trace Your Ancestors A new digital searchable database, containing around 1.5 million burial and cremation records, has been launched by Birmingham City Council to help families trace their Birmingham ancestors which provides access to records from the city’s 12 cemeteries and crematoria, going back to 1836. Handsworth, Lodge Hill, Quinton, Sutton Coldfield, Witton and Yardley are just some of the locations whose registers are featured in the archive. The digitised records, spanning the 19th Century to the 21st Century, can be searched for free by first name, family name, location, year of burial/ cremation, and other criteria. Cllr Tristan Chatfield, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Equalities, said: “This new database is a great resource that will help people to explore their family history,


RIP Big Issue Seller

The Big Issue Foundation is deeply saddened to report the death of Big Issue vendor Mick Dillon earlier this month (November) Mick was a much-loved vendor who sold the magazine in The Jewellery Quarter, a place where he built up his own family.

NatWest Branch at 22 Frederick Street to Close The RBS and NatWest Banks announced just before Christmas that they are closing 259 branches with a possible loss of 680 jobs. The closures include the NatWest branch at 22 Frederick Street. For over 30 years The Hockley Flyer (and for 23 years The Jewellery Quarter Association) were run from our offices on the second floor of this Grade II Listed building (the listing also includes the inside fixtures

providing details of ancestors buried or cremated in Birmingham. Previously these records were kept at the individual cemeteries and crematoria, so this website makes it easy for anyone researching the social history of their family to access these.” Digital downloads of individual records can also be purchased from the website for a £5 fee. Information recorded on these records changes over time, so details included will vary but most will include the deceased’s age, gender, residence and date of death. For more information about the service and to start your search, please visit and fittings). About seven years ago NatWest sold the building to a firm in Gibraltar (who later went bankrupt) and is now in private hands. The Bank’s Lease must be due for renewal now (after 7 years) and we are convinced they did not intend to renew anyway, especially when they cut their opening days. Obviously, the cash machine will disappear, also the newly installed machine inside the bank. Just how will people pay cash/cheques into the bank in future without a branch? The Hockley Flyer even negotiated a special concession for people banking at 22 Frederick Street whereby customers could park for a short time in the loading bay outside, providing they were inside the bank when the wardens were on patrol. I just hope the building itself is made good when the signs and the cash point are removed! Shame as at one time both Barclays and the NatWest were an integral part of the social/business activities in the Jewellery Quarter, hosting daytime and evening parties and very much involved with Jewellery Quarter Festivals... December 2017

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Heritge Heritage

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G R Elkington & Co. Plating, Plastics & Champion Trophy Makers

Source: English Heritage & Jewellery Quarter Heritage

We featured Elkington’s WW2 activities in the November Issue and have been asked to give more historical information on the Company.

George Richards Elkington was born in Birmingham on 17th October 1801, the son of a spectacle manufacturer. Apprenticed to his uncle’s silver plating business in 1815, he became, on their death, sole proprietor of the business, but subsequently took his cousin, Henry Elkington, into partnership. The science of electro-metallurgy was then in its infancy, but the Elkingtons were quick to recognize its possibilities. They had already taken out certain patents for the application of electricity to metals when, in 1840, John Wright, a Birmingham surgeon, discovered the valuable properties of a solution of cyanide of silver in potassium cyanide for electroplating purposes. The Elkingtons purchased and patented Wright’s process (British Patent 8447 : Improvements in Coating, Covering, or Plating certain Metals), subsequently acquiring the rights of other processes and improvements. In 1843 Elkingtons acquired the rights to Werner von Siemens’s first invention, an improvement to the gold and silver plating process. A new electroplating factory was built for Elkingtons in 1838 in Newhall

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Street, and Josiah Mason, a pen manufacturer, joined the firm and encouraged the Elkingtons to diversify their output, adding more affordable electroplated jewellery and cutlery to the large pieces the company had been producing. Electroplated wares became very successful in the Victorian market and by 1880 the company employed 1,000 people at the Newhall Street site and had a further six factories. The agreement between Elkington and Mason was dissolved on 31 December 1861, after which the company traded as Elkington and Co.


Electroplating and electro-gilding, together with metal-finishing techniques such as blacking and lacquering, are processes that involve the application of a particular surface to a metal object. From the mid-19th century, Birmingham was ‘the chief seat of the electro-plating and gilding trade. In terms of the development of the Jewellery Quarter, electroplating was the most important of these

George Richards Elkington (1801–1865) by Samuel West

plating processes, and it was at Elkington’s large factory of 1838 on Newhall Street that the process was first commercially exploited. Plating shops typically contained a number of open-topped tanks in which various pickling and plating solutions were kept. Items made of base metals such as copper, brass or nickel were dipped into the pickling tank, or bath, in order to produce a clean surface to receive the electroplate deposit. The item was then removed to a plating tank or vat and immersed in the plating solution of silver and potassium cyanide. An electrical current was then passed through the solution, using the item as a conductor. By this means a thin layer of silver was deposited from the solution on to the surface of the item. An electrical supply was required, and this was originally The lavish showroom

provided by batteries or by a steampowered generator, as at Elkington’s manufactory in the early 1850s. The electroplating process made possible the production of a huge variety of hard-wearing silver objects in great numbers and at a fraction of the price of the equivalent in sterling silver, thus bringing such items within reach of all but the poorest sections of society. Compared with the older Sheffield plate, which involved fusing together silver and copper sheet and rolling it to the required thickness, the new method enabled the silver to be fused with the surface of the finished

Elkington ‘s silver-plate manufactory, detail of the generator. From the Illustrated Exhibitor & Magazine of Art, 1852. © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

product, resulting in a more even covering. Thus the whole process was carried out last as part of the finishing of the object instead of during earlier production stages, and items of the most elaborate design could be easily treated in this way. Also, if the electroplated surface subsequently became worn it could be re-plated cheaply.

Alexander Parkes ‘Parkes, Plastics and a Plaque’

Alexander Parkes, the inventor of the world’s first plastic, was honoured by the erection of a Civic Society blue plaque. The plaque was unveiled at a special ceremony at the site of his former employer, Elkington’s in Newhall Street. His great grand nephew, Simon Parkes, joined in the unveiling with The Lord Mayor, Councillor Mike Nangle, on 31 March. Parkes was born in 1813, the son of a Birmingham Locksmith. He was

employed as casting manager in Elkingtons in 1855 when he discovered a form of plastic which he called Parkesine, a forerunner of celluloid which was later developed in the US. He established his own company to manufacture Parkesine, but because of the expense of the process and ingredients he used he could not make his plastic commercially successful and eventually had to put his company into receivership. He was a prolific inventor, obtaining around 80 patents for his inventions, among them the plastic which he demonstrated at the Great International Exhibition in London in 1862. Among his exhibits were combs, hair slides and billiard balls.

Elkingtons - Champion Trophy Makers

Both Wimbledon’s Men’s and Ladies’ Singles trophies were made by Elkingtons. These are ‘The Championship Plate, also known as the

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Plastic production worldwide now exceeds 80 million tonnes a year. Alexander has a great deal to answer for!

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A model Birmingham plating shop in the early 20th century, from Bonney’s The ElectroPlaters’ Handbook.

‘Rosewater Dish’. The Wimbledon Ladies Singles trophy is a copy of a Huguenot pewter dish in the Louvre known as the Temperentia dish, designed by Francois Briort in the 1580s. The trophy is a mixture of silver and silver-gilt (silver coated with gold). It depicts the four elements surrounded by seven arts - astrology, geometry, arithmetic, music, rhetoric, dialetic and grammar. A copy was made of the original and then electroforming was used to build it up layer by layer in a process that took several months to complete. The trophy was well received and the firm was called on again years later when the All England Tennis Club needed a new men’s trophy, the previous two having both been given to William Renshaw when he won the tournament three times in succession. The cup was made in a classical style with two handles and is highly decorated with floral work, winged helmets beneath the handles and a pineapple sitting on top. Less is known about the making of this trophy, but the hallmark indicates it was made in 1883 before being purchased by the All England Lawn Tennis club for 100 guineas in 1886. The Elkington’s buildings fronted both Newhall Street and Charlotte Street and extended across the Birmingham and Fazeley canal. The site also crossed the former Miss Colmore’s canal arm latterly known as the ‘Whitmore Arm’. Sadly, despite the wealth and glamour of its glory days, as silverware went out of fashion in the 20th Century the firm’s fortunes declined and the factory closed. In the mid-20th century the factory became the home of the wonderful Bimingham Museum of Science and Industry and the single storied workshops which were built during the 19th/20th centuries were utilised by the Science Museum as the Power and Engineering Halls. Sadly that too was closed down, this time by Birmingham City Council - now only a blue plaque and part of this famous Grade II factory remains.

T L Mott

Originators of Butterfly Wing Jewellery Source: Jewellery Quarter Heritage

In Brazil, French Guiana and Madagascar are found some of the largest and most brilliantly coloured butterflies in the world; and in Vyse Street, the shimmering rainbows of their wings were captured in pictures and powder boxes, cigarette cases and jewellery. Butterfly wing jewellery had an iridescence and richness of colour which remains unmatched by any enamels or tinsel. T L Mott Ltd of 79 Vyse Street, were the first firm in the world to see the possibilities of this form of decoration and to produce the butterfly wing ‘picture-ware’ for which they became so well-known. That was in 1923 and the process has been utilized since in a great variety of jewellery and other articles - principally for women. ‘Picture-ware’ evolved from the simple silhouette of earlier years and it was the lovely blue of the wings which formed the main decoration. The skilful combination of the delicate colouring in jewellery, toilet ware and similar

articles produced remarkable results, but it was in the production of butterfly wing pictures that the artist was really afforded adequate scope. These pictures were painted in reverse on glass and where the radiant blue of sky or water (or possibly a woman’s dress) was to appear spaces were left. Behind these spaces the wings were inserted and in this way many beautiful effects were obtained. Butterfly wings were particularly suited to souvenir articles and large numbers of local views were hand painted and completed with wings for this trade. T L Mott’s reputation as butterfly wing specialists was world wide and they received many exhibition awards for the charm and high quality of their work. Among them were medals which recorded their successes at the original Empire Exhibition at Wembley, the Centenary Exhibition at Philadelphia in 1934, and at the Chicago World’s Fair. However, the firm’s activities were not confined to butterfly wing work. They had a reputation as creators of new vogues in the jewellery trade - a reputation for initiative and enterprise and a rare and very admirable boldness. Among their better-known and

most successful ventures have been attractive lines in inexpensive jewellery in reproduction Chinese jade and cultured pearls. With ‘Zodaz’ jewellery they achieved gratifying results. ‘Zoda’ provided an apt combination of symbolical appeals, the appropriate Zodiac emblem being recessed in the correct birth stone for each month. These stones were utilized in silver and platinum plated jewellery of all descriptions. This well-known firm was established in 1876 by Thomas L Mott and the business was further developed by his two sons. Thomas L. Mott and Charles Arthur Mott. For over 30 years they occupied the premises at 79 Vyse Street. In 2009 The Museum of The Jewellery Quarter expanded into these premises which were located next door, in order to extend the Museum.

The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter extended into 80 Vyse Street, the premises of T.L. Mott in 2009.

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About this exhibition - For over 200 years the diverse practices of the RBSAs Members and Associates have been displayed in this annual exhibition, including the work of those newly elected this year.

On Now - 27 Jan STARLIGHT

Blast off into a galaxy far away with Startlight, an exhibition exploring the spectacle and wonders of outer space. From jewellery inspired by meteorites and shooting stars through to spaceage ceramics and ethereal glass, this exhibition offers an opportunity for stargazing right in the heart of Brum!

30 - 10 Feb StArt 2017-2018

Original artwork by RBSA artists all priced at £300 and under – a great starting point for budding art collectors and much less stressful than the January sales! Call for entries - How to enter - see RBSA web site - deadline Wednesday 29 November. This exhibition is exclusively open to RBSA Members and Associates.

Demonstrations  DECEMBER

16 Demonstration by Marylane Barfield PP RBSA

@ 11.00am - 1.00pm, 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Join our Past President as she shows her pastel techniques alongside her work in the annual Members & Associates exhibition. Free, drop-in session, no need to book



@ 10:00 am - An auction of watches and watch parts at Fellows Auctioneer


@ 10:00 am - An auction of jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 2:30 pm - An auction of pawnbrokers jewellery and watches at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 10:00 am - An auction of jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 2:30 pm - An auction of pawnbrokers jewellery and watches at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 11:00 am - An auction of antique and modern jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 10:00 am - An auction of jewellery at Fellows Auctioneers


@ 2:30 pm - An auction of pawnbrokers jewellery and watches at Fellows Auctioneers

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@ 11:00 am - An auction of watches at Fellows Auctioneers

Live Entertainment  DECEMBER

10 Beer Blues Sunday ft THE CATWALK VILLAINS

Join us for our next instalment of Beer Blues Sunday at The Actress & Bishop where we are joined by The Catwalk Villains! Expect the best in Blues music with great atmosphere... The show starts at 20:00


Thom & Mike,The Kamikaze Club, return for their sixth Open Mic comedy session, Live at 1000 Trades. Fresh acts looking for a spot, as well as pros looking to shine up their material will be on hand to keep hilarity at a high

12, 13 & 14 BEAT BROTHERS

The Beat Brothers are a professional four piece of musicians, who play a funky & upbeat collection of classic soul, anthems, and current faves. They really know how to party!

15 & 16 UP4 the DOWNSTROKE

Stellar vocal harmony is blended with excellent musicianship to make Up 4 The Downstroke the UKs premier band playing RnB faves from the likes of Beyonce, Timberlake, Rhianna and more.


A Christmas performance by ‘Don’t Go Into The Cellar’; Victorian theatre with bite! Mr Charles Dickens is pleased to invite you all to a public reading of this previously-undiscovered festive tale. Learn of the curious Christmas spent by Mr Gabriel Grubb, of his tumultuous tumble through time, and of the miscellany of fools and phantoms he encountered thereat. Please be aware that this performance is NOT SUITABLE for children under 12, due to the subject matter.Takes place at the Coffin Works, in one of its heritage spaces. It’s advisable to wear coats. No food or drink allowed.


@ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Join us for costumed guided tours, live jazz performances, a gift wrapping service and mulled wine and mince pies in our Smith & Pepper tearoom.Free event. Charges apply for entry to the museum for guided tours, gift wrapping service and purchases in the tearoom. Museum of the JQ


Ebenezer Scrooge, is well-known for his miserly ways and unkind spirit. One Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley, who is eager for Scrooge not to share his miserable fate in the afterlife. He sends three spirits to teach Scrooge a valuable lesson about his mean, selfish behaviour and that there is still time for him to change his wicked ways. Various times see website for bookings www.


Ash is back at The Actress 19th December for one BIG Christmas special - with special guests TBA.

18, 19 & 20 SOLID SOUL

Soul Greats from this talented group of musicians always a popular choice at the Jam House - featuring classic James Brown, Motown, and even Hendrix & Kravitz


Join us for a festive singalong on the roof terrace this Christmas with Birmingham’s very own Voice of the Town Choir. They’ll be performing a mixture of modern classics and Christmas choons. We’ll provide the Mince Pies and Mulled Wine. The Church, 22 Great Hampton Street


The Jam House, St.Pauls Square, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B31 QU Book online at


The SUBS rock the Jam House on every visit with their powerful selection of Massive Rock Anthems from the likes of U2, the Stones, Queen, and even the Kaiser Chiefs!


A very special Festive Treat for this Christmas Time ... The Gospel scene in Birmingham goes from strength to strength & this event is the climax of a series of evenings celebrating the talent to be found in local Gospel music.

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On the last Thursday of every month, there is a distinct Latin vibe to the Jam House with the sounds of the popular Salsa nine-piece DEL CAMINO supported by Mauricio Reyes and his army of LatinMotion DJs & dancers. Salsa taster dance workshop from 9pm.

29 & 30 B’SPOKE

A popular & funky young ten piece of talented musicians perform a range of soul & R’n’B classics.


The Detroit Soul Collective bring an explosive collection of classic and contemporary dance music to the JamHouse on every visit, but for this very special night they will see 2017 away and invite you into 2018 in a way only they can. With a range of all of your Tamla Motown, Atlantic Soul and funk favourites to rock your socks off right into the New Year itself!


Poor Cinderella, she cooks, she sews, she cleans all day long with never a moment’s rest. And then there’s her two step sisters who laugh and chide and don’t lift a finger to help. Her hard-hearted step mother is no better! Will she never be free? With beautiful love songs and numbers to get your foot tapping you can find the answers and so much more in this fun and action packed panto from Jars of Clay Theatre Co. “Oh yes you can!”. Various times see website for bookings www.


Presenting a night of classic Boogie Woogie, Blues and Swing from the highly energetic and dynamic pianist/vocalist, Dino Baptiste. Tonight Dino is backed by two of the finest musicians performing in the UK and across the globe! - Jamie Little (drums), Sam Rogers (sax)


The Beat Brothers are a professional four piece of musicians, who play a funky & upbeat collection of classic soul and current faves. They really are a joy and know how to party!

09 The JEEPS

The Jeeps are a formidable acoustic duo, featuring Oz McGowan on piano and Lee Rogers on guitar & vocals, with their interpretations of some songbook favourites.


“Gospel Central is an outstanding group and one of Birmingham’s best kept secrets – full of passion and fantastic musicianship”. This monthly celebration of the talent to be found in the local Gospel music scene gives an urban and contemporary edge to Gospel music.


A fresh and alternative five-piece band, playing the best dance floor tracks & party anthems of the ‘eighties & ‘nineties! Guaranteed to keep you moving All Night!


The SUBS rock the Jam House on every visit with their powerful selection of Massive Rock Anthems from the likes of U2, the Stones, Queen, and even the Kaiser Chiefs!


And You Know Us is a UK based Jazz Trio, featuring André Bassing on Keys, Wayne Matthews on Bass, and Tomasz Wertz on Drums, that play drum & bass, funky house and rock influenced jazz, inspired by bands like Jojo Mayer’s Nerve, Jason Lindner’s Now Vs Now, Medeski Martin & Wood, and Snarky Puppy.

Networking  DECEMBER


Tis the season to be jolly, and so we’re having a December get-together at the wonderful 1000 Trades in Birmingham. This event is our way to give back and say thanks to the Code Club community for an amazing year. If you’re an educator, teacher, or aspiring Code Club host or volunteer, you are most welcome to join us for festive refreshments, coding demos, networking, and Code Club news.


Why you should come to St Pauls Club: Being a director of a SME can be a very lonely existence. Directors and senior managers are very busy people who often have little time or opportunity to talk on the key challenges they face with others who are in a similar position.


The Midlands Enlightenment is a new monthly meetup for RSA Fellows. In a welcoming, informal setting, each meetup will hear from someone who, one way or another, is undertaking pioneering work. At this meet-up, you’ll get a sneak preview of a new groundbreaking business based here in Birmingham: The Clean Kilo, an affordable, unpackaged supermarket.

14 TECHNOLOGY NETWORK – Crypto-Currency Workshop

This workshop brings you up to date with the biggest transfer of wealth in the last 200 years and the most significant revolution in the finance industry in the last hundred years! Learn about buying, using and investing in; Blockchain, Bitcoin, Crypto-Wallets and Cryptocurriences with Mastercoach Michael-Don Smith in this special one day workshop.


Join small business community Enterprise Nation in Birmingham every month for drinks and networking. This December we’re heading to the Bar and Boardroom At Grosvenor House St Paul’s in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. This beautiful venue with get you into the Christmas spirit.


If you work in the Commercial Property Market why not join us for lunch at St Paul’s Club, 12.30-2pm. Every month we invite all those involved within commercial property, construction, development, or property professional services to the club.

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Training & Education  DECEMBER


@ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. An exclusive opportunity to get the clarity, confidence and skills you need in order to grow and scale your business in 2018 and beyond. The time to set your goals and put your plans in place is NOW. Looking to grow your business and expand your influence in 2018? Looking to get clarity about your goals and plans and take your business or professional life to the next level? This one day training is just for you. This one day workshop will help you to create a complete blueprint for advancement of your business or professional career in 2018.Think of this training as your key to ensuring that your 2018 will be greater than your 2017. £97


Deborette-Creative and 1000 Trades have teamed up to offer you Crafty Sip. Drawing inspiration from the DIY Bar in Portland, Oregon, USA – Crafty Sip sessions are a fun way to spend a few hours ‘crafting’ with your friends on a sociable level. What better way to make, than with your mates and drinks. The session allows you to produce up to two mini creative projects, with two drinks over a maximum of three hours all included in the price. The sessions are suitable for adults of all skill levels. All materials are provided. Price: £35.00


@ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Learning Calligraphy Sessions and Demonstrations are held in the Callicreative Room and designed for both beginners and more experienced calligraphers. Learn the key elements of calligraphy and take information away to continue developing your style at home. Some materials will be provided and calligraphy products can be purchased from the Museum shop. 12 Spaces are available for each session, £10 per person.


@ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. On this course you will get hands on with the new fun, quicker way to learn calligraphy using your fine point nib. In the morning, we will get used to the script and practice and in the afternoon, I will show you design layout and all you will need to be happily confident that you can use this new-found skill regularly after leaving the class on all those special things you are creating. The workshop is suitable for beginners and the more experienced calligrapher and is also ideal for lefthanders. £37.50


@ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. In this short course, calligrapher Nick Caulkin will introduce you to Skeleton Italic; a very basic yet readable handwriting style, or script, based on just three writing strokes: diagonals, verticals and horizontals. This course is suitable for both beginners and more experienced calligraphers. £12 per person.

Tours, Walks & Talks  DECEMBER 12 MAEVONA

MaeVona is a New York City-based luxury jewellery brand, founded by Maeve Gillies; it has gained international acclaim supplying Celtic-inspired jewellery to the North American jewellery market. Maeve will be at the School of Jewellery to speak about her journey, and her work. Please join us for this very special talk. Booking essential.


Cemetery Tours are the second Sunday in the month, January to November. None in December. Tours of Warstone Lane Cemetery start at 12 Noon (meet at Pitsford Street entrance). Tours of Key Hill Cemetery start at 2pm (meet at Icknield Street entrance by pillar gates).


Lore & Myths - A Quick Guide: NEW

- A very colourful and attractive booklet has been published by YBA Publications. Although only 20 pages it is packed with information about Birthstones. Its origins are with The Hockley Flyer where for 12 issues we ran the corresponding month’s Birthstone and their Myths and Legends. Gemstones are fascinating in more ways, we all know diamond is the hardest known natural stone, but what about the oldest diamond? Scientists have found Zircons date back as far as 4.375 billion years, and considering the planet is 4.54 billion years old, they have survived countless trips down rivers, heating, squeezing and tectonic plate rides buried deep in the Earth’s crust and back to the surface. 20 Page A5 Booklet

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New features on our web site Trade Directory Jobs

NEW: Employers can list jobs on our site via an easy to follow form, which allows employers to input job details, including job description, location, and add details about their company. Employers can preview their listing before it goes live. After preview, the employer can submit the listing (for approval) or edit it further. Job seekers can fill in candidate name, candidate email, cover letter/message, and an upload field for the candidate to attach their resume/CV file. The employer gets an email notification on each new candidates’ application. Prices from £2.50 for web site advert only, to a simple classified in the magazine to full page display. Order Online. Online Payment via PayPal or Direct Bank Transfer

NEW: Our new Trade Directory is open to all businesses in the Jewellery Quarter.

Basic On-Line Directory Listing is FREE and stays on our site for 365 days, and includes 6 images, space for description, phone number, address, and web site, plus a map, and social media links for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. To keep the directory up to date it will need renewing after 365 days. There is also a contact tab on the bottom where potential customers can send a message to listing owner. Upgrades - for £5 you can have up to 15 images, and a further £5 you can upgrade your listing to Featured - which means your listing will appear on top of regular listings. Order Online. FREE basic entry - Online Payment via PayPal only

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UPDATED: A more comprehensive ordering system online than we offered before, with sizes from 3cm x 1 col to 6cm x 2 col, with prices ranging from £15 for the smallest advert over 3 months to £144 for the largest over 12 months. Adverts appear only in the magazine, which is both printed and available online to read. To order - have your artwork ready* and available to upload to the required size, and pick the corresponding size and number of insertions you require from the drop-down menus on our web site at: Payment can also be made at the same time. * Note: if you cannot provide suitable artwork please send us suitable info so we can produce it for you. Online Payment via PayPal or Direct Bank Transfer

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Property Planning General

The ‘Golden Triangle’ and the ‘Industrial Middle’ are the areas protected against inappropriate residential use. A large number of Planning Applications are not in accordance with the Planning Legislation which is there to ‘protect’ the Jewellery Quarter and the trade. Please help the Jewellery Quarter to keep its character by making your ‘official’ protest against such Applications.

New Applications 2017/09935/PA 28 Vittoria Street Birmingham B1 3PE, Listed Building Consent for the demolition of single storey rear addition including external stairwell and installation of rear door, windows and balustrade. 21-11-2017 2017/10021/PA 18-20 Albion Court Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HE. Prior Approval for change from office (Use Class B1[a]) to 23no. residential apartments (Use Class C3). 20-112017 2017/09768/PA 3 Mary Ann Street Birmingham B3 1BG. Change of use from museum (Use Class D1) and offices (Use Class B1) to office use (Use Class B1) only. 15-11-2017 2017/09717/PA 25-26 Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HH. Listed building consent for internal and external alterations in conjunction with change of use from vacant office building to hotel (Class C1). 10-11-2017 2017/09671/PA 25-26 Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HH. Change of use from vacant office building to hotel (Class C1), new surfacing to forecourt and rear yard, erection of boundary wall to forecourt and external alterations. 10-11-2017 2017/09303/PA Museum of the Jewellery Quarter 75-79 Vyse Street Birmingham B18 6HA. Listed Building Consent for internal alterations for the change of use of ground floor from public museum with ancillary retail, catering and other facilities to drinking establishment (Use Class A4). 30-102017

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2017/09263/PA 28 Vittoria Street Birmingham B1 3ND. Change Of Use of ground floor to live/work unit and upper floors to 3 residential apartments with associated external works including demolition of single storey rear addition and external stairwell and installation of rear door, windows and balustrade. 27-10-2017 2017/08936/PA Museum of the Jewellery Quarter 75-79 Vyse Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6HA. Change of use of ground floor from public museum with ancillary retail, catering and other facilities to drinking establishment (Use Class A4). 17-10-2017

Awaiting Decision 2017/09237/PA Lionel House 86 Lionel Street Birmingham B3 1DG. Demolition of superstructure and foundations of Lionel House and associated works. 26-10-2017 2017/09137/PA 48-52 Vittoria Street Hockley Birmingham B1 3PE. Installation of four conservation style rooflights to rear elevation. 24-10-2017 2017/08891/PA 27-28 Pemberton Street Hockley Birmingham B18 6NY. Proposed internal alterations following previous listed building consent (reference 2012/07294/PA to convert property); replacement windows to roof and courtyard and internal thermal improvements to walls. 16-10-2017 2017/08884/PA 46-47 Warstone Lane Hockley Birmingham B18 6JJ. Proposed refurbishment and alterations to existing shop units at 46-47 Warstone Lane. 16-10-2017 2017/08842/PA 21 Caroline Street Ground Floor Birmingham B3 1UE. Change of use from hairdressing/ beauty salon to restaurant/wine bar (Use Classes A3/A4). 11-10-2017 2017/08453/PA 50-60 Northwood Street Birmingham B3 1TH. Formation of temporary car parking. 29-09-2017 2017/08567/PA 20 Tenby Street North Birmingham B1 3EN Listed building consent for internal alterations, erection of new roof and 3/4 storey side infill extension to create office space (Class B1), 2 live/work apartments (SG), 3 live/work townhouses (SG) and 4 self-contained apartments (C3).

29-09-2017 2017/08466/PA 20 Tenby Street North Birmingham B1 3EN. Change of use and extension to Grade II Listed Building to create office space (B1), 2 live/ work apartments (SG), 3 live/work townhouses (SG) and 4 self-contained apartments (C3). Extensions proposed include a roof addition and three/four storey side infill addition with associated car parking and decked terrace space to the rear. 29-09-2017 2017/08433/PA Enterprise House 60-62 Constitution Hill Hockley Birmingham B19 3JT. Listed Building Consent for internal alterations in conjunction with change of use of part of ground floor from Use Class A3 (Restaurant) to Use Class D2 (Leisure and Assembly). 28-09-2017 2017/08421/PA Enterprise House 60-62 Constitution Hill Hockley Birmingham B19 3JT. Change of use of part of ground floor from Use Class A3 (Restaurant) to Use Class D2 (Leisure and Assembly). 28-09-2017 2017/07583/PA 3-5 Legge Lane Birmingham B1 3LD. Listed building consent to reduce number of residential units from 22 to 21, internal alterations including re-positioning of internal staircase and changes to the street facing facade to include removal of existing timber doors. 30-08-2017 2017/06810/PA 3-5 Legge Lane Hockley Birmingham B1 3LD. Minor Material Amendment to planning application 2015/08003/PA for a reduction in number of residential units from 22 to 21 and alterations to internal layouts and elevations. 02-08-2017 2017/07430/PA 1-2 Legge Lane Birmingham B1 3LD. Demolition of existing buildings on site and erection of 4 storey building fronting Legge lane to comprise commercial use at lower ground and ground floor and live/work units above and a row of 9 mews houses to rear. 23-08-2017

New Decisions 2017/08551/PA 67 Newhall Street City Centre Birmingham B3 1NQ. Display of an externally illuminated open weave banner mesh. Final Decision - Approve Temporary 2017/06918/PA 5-11 Fleet Street City Centre Birmingham B3 1JP. Listed Building Consent for internal and external alterations including retention

of glazed entrance doors, 3 external wall lights and brick external fire escape, removal of mirrored film to front facade windows and retention of internal alterations including new bar facilities, seating, staircase and toilets at ground and first floor level and new internal partition walls. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2017/06764/PA 36 Tenby Street Birmingham B1 3EE. Listed Building Consent for internal and external alteration in association with change of use and conversion of existing commercial premises (Use Class B2) to form two live/work units (Use Classes C3 and B1) Final Decision - Refuse 2017/06193/PA 36 Tenby Street Birmingham B1 3EE. Change of use and conversion of existing commercial premises (Use class B2) to form two live/work units (Use classes C3 and B1). Final Decision - Refuse 2017/06492/PA Delta Pi 60 Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HS. Listed Building Consent for the display of 3 no. replacement non-illuminated facia signs. Final Decision - Approve subject to Conditions 2017/06431/PA Delta Pi 60 Frederick Street Birmingham B1 3HS. Display of 3 no. replacement non-illuminated facia signs. Final Decision - Approve Temporary

Summary Guide to Use Classes A1 - Shops. A2 - Financial and Professional Services. A3 - Restaurants and Cafes. A4 - Drinking Establishments. A5 - Hot Food Takeaways. B1 (a) - Business. (b) - Research & development, studios, labs, high technology. (c) - Light Industry. B2 - General Industry. B3 - Storage/Distribution. C1 - Hotels C2 - Residential Institutions C2A - Secure Residential Institutions. C3 - Dwelling Houses D1 - Non-residential Institutions. D2 - Assembly/Leisure.

You must register any objections to the above applications online at www., or writing direct to Planning and Regeneration, Birmingham City Council, 4th Floor, 1 Lancaster Circus, Birmingham B4 7DJ, quoting the Planning Application number. Remember, there is a restriction against inappropriate housing within the Golden Triangle and the Industrial Middle - but your objections still need to be recorded!


A very colourful and attractive booklet has been published by YBA Publications. Although only 20 pages it is packed with information about Birthstones. Its origins are with The Hockley Flyer where for 12 issues we ran the corresponding month’s Birthstone and their Myths and Legends. Gemstones are fascinating in more ways, we all know diamond is the hardest known natural stone, but what about the oldest diamond? Scientists have found Zircons date back as far as 4.375 billion years, and considering the planet is 4.54 billion years old, they have survived countless trips down rivers, heating, squeezing and tectonic plate rides buried deep in the Earth’s crust and back to the surface. 20 Page A5 Booklet £2.50 + £0.91 Post & Packing.


A 20 page A5 booklet we did as a souvenir of The ‘Chamberlain Clock’ which has become an established landmark within the City, this publication was to mark the centenary of such a well known symbol of the heritage and culture of Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. This was back in 2002 when it was first published. 20 photos are published including the clocks restoration. £1.50 + £0.91 Post & Packing.

THE JEWELLERY QUARTER History and Guide 2nd Edition

It has over 150 photographs, many of which are unique, and has 148 pages packed with the history of the Jewellery Quarter, and makes an ideal gift for anyone who has memories of the Jewellery Quarter, or for those keen on the development of the area. £5.95 + £1.37 Post & Packing.

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MOUNTER / SETTER required for new workshop in Jewellery Quarter. Diamond Heaven is a leading independent fine diamond jewellery retailer established in Birmingham, London and Manchester. We require an experienced jeweller to join the team in the Birmingham workshop repairing and custom building jewellery items to a very high standard for our customers in line with our quality assurance and productivity guidelines. Role includes - 1. Full range of diamond settings including prong setting, channel setting, pave and flush setting. 2. Jewellery repairs which will include Re-sizing, Soldering,Re-tipping / Re-building claws and Re-setting any replacement stones in claws, Half shanking a ring. The position is full time and permanent. Competitive Salary dependent on the experience. Contact Hiten Shah on 07763 235335.


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