Birm­ing­ham time­line

Key events and dates in the city’s his­tory

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1166 Peter de Ber­ming­ham gains a char­ter for a weekly mar­ket 1290 St Martin’s church in the city cen­tre ex­ists by this time late C15th The Old Crown pub in Deri­tend is built – it still sur­vives in­tact to­day 1715 St Philip’s par­ish church is built, de­signed by Thomas Archer 1779 St Paul’s Church in Hock­ley is fin­ished, form­ing the cen­tre of a Ge­or­gian square 1796 Soho House, de­signed by the Wy­att broth­ers for in­dus­tri­al­ist Matthew Boul­ton, is com­pleted 1830 The Birm­ing­ham back-to-backs on the cor­ner of Inge Street and Hurst Street are built around now 1834 Birm­ing­ham’s Town Hall, de­signed by Joseph Han­som and Ed­ward Welch, is built 1837 Trains come to the city, ar­riv­ing ini­tially at Vaux­hall Sta­tion (pic­tured) 1843 The Birm­ing­ham Gov­ern­ment School of De­sign is founded – in 1885, it be­comes a mu­nic­i­pal School of Art 1876 Fol­low­ing the open­ing of Snow Hill Sta­tion, the Great Western Ar­cade is built, de­signed for shop­pers. It is now Grade II listed 1889 Lewis’s Depart­ment Store on Cor­po­ra­tion Street is com­pleted, be­ing the city’s first con­crete and iron build­ing, plus Birm­ing­ham be­comes a city 1891 The city’s strik­ing ter­ra­cotta and red brick Vic­to­ria Law Courts are com­pleted 1905 The par­ish church of St Philip’s be­comes the city of Birm­ing­ham’s cathe­dral – it is the third small­est in Eng­land

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