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Birmingham Improvement Scheme 1879

 Improvement Scheme 1879, map central Birmingham

This was often described as 'Chamberlain's Improvement Scheme'. Much of the old centre was demolished so that Corporation Street could be built, both as a new shopping street and a new road leading directly to Aston, then an independent district.
Some of the streets that were rebuilt or disappeared, for example the lower part of Cannon Street, part of Bull Street and so on, were already streets with prosperous businesses. Other streets, for example The Gullet, or London Prentice Street, had poor quality housing. It was hoped that private landlords wiould purchase and develop building plots in these areas, but this only happened to a small degree because there was more development in Birmingham's new suburbs.