POPULATION : 1,009,000 - 70.4% described
themselves as 'white' and 18.5% as Indian/Bangladeshi/Pakistani
Birmingham means home (ham) of the people (ing) of
the tribal leader Birm or Beorma.
Birmingham's first canal was opened in 1769 and
linked Birmingham to Wednesbury. There are many locks on the canals
including the famous Guillotine Lock in Kings Norton, which was used
to control the flow of water between canals owned by different companies.
Birmingham is home to Cadbury's Chocolate. George
and his brother Richard Cadbury moved their successful chocolate
manufacturing business from Bull Street, Birmingham to Bournville in 1879.
Built as part of The ICC in 1991, Symphony Hall is
the home of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Victoria Square hosts one of the largest fountains
in Europe, with a flow of 3,000 gallons per minute, it is officially
known as 'The River'.
Bingley Hall, the world's first exhibition hall,
opened in 1850 on the site now occupied by The ICC
Alec Issigonis was one of the most colourful car
designers of modern times. He went on to design the world famous,
Birmingham- made 'Mini', which started production in 1959 at
Longbridge, Birmingham and is still in production today.
Birmingham is home to the historic Bull Ring - site
of a market for more than 800 years. Within the complex are five
retail markets attracting around 20 million customers a year.
Two miles from Birmingham city centre is one of the
biggest motorway junctions in Europe:Gravelly Hill Interchange, known
as 'Spaghetti Junction' to millions of motorists.
Soho House is the elegant home of industrial
pioneer Matthew Boulton, who lived their from 1766 to 1809. Boulton
in partnership with James Watt developed and patented the steam
engine at the nearby but now demolished Soho Factory.
William Murdock, who worked for Boulton and Watt at
Soho, Handsworth, invented gas lighting. His cottage at Soho Foundary
was the first domestic building to be lit by gas (1798).
James Watt, who lived in Birmingham 1775-1819,
developed the steam engine. Through it, the firm Boulton and Watt
sold the industrial revolution to the world. Watt also invented the
letter copying machine, forerunner of the photocopier. His name stays
in our vocabulary through the lightbulb measurement - 60 Watts, 40
X-Ray photography for medical purposes was
pioneered by Major John Hall Edwards; he took the first x-ray in
Birmingham in 1896.
Curzon Street Station, Digbeth, was the terminus of
the London and Birmingham railway, with a station built by Philip
Hardwick in 1838, who designed the original Euston Station too.
Birmingham's international Partner Cities include
Chicago (USA), Frankfurt (Germany), Johannesburg (South Africa),
Leipzig (Germany), Lyon (France) and Milan (Italy).
Birmingham's Centenary Square is made up of more
than half a million individual bricks - all hand laid!
BIRMINGHAM CURRY SCENE PROFILE
Home of the Balti, Birmingham is one of the
acknowledged centres of the curry industry in Britain with a big
Kashmiri influence.The are 179 Indian restaurant listed in the city
plus many others to choose from. Lasan is
possibly the most famous in the city but other top choices include Pushkar,
Punjab Rasoi, Blue Mango, Saffron, Asha's, Itihaas, Rose Murree and
Delhi 6 as well as the popular balti restaurants. Of the 860
restaurants listed by Trip Advisor 48 are Asian.
TEAM TO REPRESENT BIRMINGHAM :
Four restaurants have been chosen with the help of
your votes to represent Birmingham for judging purposes. :
for your favourite city on email@example.com
The team voted to represent Birmingham 2016 is :
Pushkar 245 Broad Street
Birmingham B1 2HQ Tel : 0121 643 7978 www.pushkardining.com
Itihaas 18 Fleet
Street Birmingham B3 Tel : 0121 212 3383 www.itihaas.co.uk