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Birmingham City Council

Birmingham in 1656

 View of Birmingham 1656

Birmingham was only a small town in the seventeenth century, although even then it was probably the third largest town in Warwickshire, after Warwick and Coventry. This illustration shows St. Martin's, the parish church, and houses on the slope down to the River Rea. It indicates the landscape on which the city is built, a landscape of small hills and trees. There is a modern urban myth that Birmingham has more trees than any other European city. Although no survey has been conducted, aerial photographs suggest that this may well be true.


Birmingham maps - historical