Last Sunday I took advantage of some good weather in Birmingham. As I had mentioned in a previous post about the Jewellery Quarter I thought I would check it out. First thing to mention is that Sunday is not the best day to visit as a lot of the attractions were closed. Still the good weather allowed me to explore the area.
To get to the Jewellery Quarter you either take the 74 bus or the metro. The journey takes about ten minutes but it could easily made on foot too.
The area is the largest containing businesses involved in the jewellery trade in Europe, hence the name. Nearly 40% of all jewellery manufactured in the UK comes from this area.
The first place I visited was the Warstone Lane Cemetery. It looks run down and may not appeal to everybody. However, I feel that cemeteries and graveyards are great places to visit if you wish to get a feel of the history in a area. This cemetery is no exception. The main area to go and see are the Catacombs. A two tiered building that used for interring bodies. This practice stopped when the smell became too much and the local law was changed to ensure that bodies were sealed with lead.
The striking feature of the cemetery are the family plots. When you read the inscriptions you can only feel touched by what went through. Nearly everyone I read included a family member who died at a young age. It is food for thought when we consider the advantages of modern life.
From the cemetery I moved down Warstone Lane and I soon reached St. Paul’s Square. This is the last example of a Georgian square remaining in Birmingham. It has become a hub for modern city living. There are several bars and restaurants in the area. It is particularly popular with students and young professionals.
At the centre of the square stands St’ Paul’s Church. This church dates from the 18th century and is based in appearance to St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London. Despite looking like it has seen better days the church is still popular. As well as services and organ recitals there is a shop were you can purchase homemade produce such as jams and cakes. While I was there a lot people were taking advantage of the hot weather and sunbathed on the grounds.
As it was so hot I needed refreshment and I stumbled onto the Pomegranate coffee shop. It is located in Warstone Lane and I can particularly recommend the white chocolate milkshake and the cooked breakfast sandwich. As well as food and drink the shop also sells accessories for the home.
To conclude the Jewellery Quarter is an excellent way of spending a couple of free hours. I would visit during the week or Saturday. You can visit the workshops, order bespoke jewellery or even sell your gold to fund your travels. It is a great place with a lot of history.
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