Welcome and thank you for looking into the History of the Westside of Birmingham. We are an organisation dedicated to researching and publishing the History that is the West side of Birmingham.
The Westside is a new name for an area of the city centre of Birmingham, England, which includes many new and planned buildings such as The Cube, Library of Birmingham, the V Building and Regal Tower. Located within the area is Brindleyplace; Consisting of the National Sealife Centre and Number 9 The Gallery. Adjacent to this is theInternational Convention Centre (ICC) and Symphony Hall. Other performance venues in the area are the National Indoor Arena (NIA) and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (“The Rep”). Broad Street cuts through the area, as do numerous canals. The canal network in the area consists of features such as Old Turn Junction and Gas Street Basin. The Mailbox is an upmarket shopping centre and hotel adjacent to the canals and provides offices for the BBC. Many other media companies have offices in the Convention Quarter such as Free Radio, Galaxy, Heart FM and ITV Carlton.

INTERESTING FACTS:

  • Looking back in time (c. 600-1166) there have been suggestions of anglo saxon settlement within the Broad street area, Hockley and the Jewellery Quarter. Alternatively Birmingham may have been an area of scattered farmsteads with no central nucleated village.
  • The name ‘Birmingham’ comes from the Old English Beormingahām, meaning the home or settlement of the Beormingas – a tribe or clan whose name literally means “Beorma’s people” and which may have formed an early unit of Anglo-Saxon administration.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. 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.

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