Birmingham's streets, roads and lanes are an absorbing aspect of our history.
They call out to us about long dead landowners, notable figures from the history of England, Brummies long forgotten, farms that have been swept away by the outpouring of our city, remarkable physical features, distant battles, intriguing foreign places and mysterious happenings.
Such names almost demand of us that we ask questions of them.
Why is Conybere Street so called? Where is the Fashoda that is highlighted in a Stirchley road?
How did AB Row gain its name? For what reason are the Adderleys brought to mind in Saltley?
Did people wash themselves in Bath Row? Were cherries once picked in Cherry Street? And where were Fisherman's Hut Lane, Noah's Ark Passage, Devil's Tooth Hollow Yard and The Froggery.
In this deeply researched book, Carl Chinn looks at scores of street names, bringing to life their meaning and those people who belonged to them.
Carl Chinn MBE is Director of the BirminghamLives multimedia project at South Birmingham College, Professor of Community History at The University of Birmingham, a broadcaster with BBC WM and a columnist with the Birmingham Evening Mail. The Streets of Brum: Part One is his 21st book.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 150 pages, 51 b&w illustrations
- Publisher: Brewin Books
- Publication Date: 30/11/2003
- Category: Local history
- ISBN: 9781858582450