Industry in Victorian Birmingham
Samuel Timmins 'The Birmingham and Midland Hardware district' (1866) contains the most detailed description of the trades in operation in the town during this period. Willey's 'History and Guide to Birmingham' (1868) states the following:
"The manufactures of Birmingham are almost infinite in their variety. Almost all articles of utility or ornament are manufactured in the town. From a pin to a steam engine, from pens to swords and guns, from "cheap and nasty" wares sold at country fairs by "cheap Johns" to the exquisitely beautiful and elaborate gold and silver services which adorn mansions of the rich...all things are made in this hive of industry, and give employment to its thousands of men, women, and children".
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