Jewellery Quarter – Birmingham – Photos

Jewellery Quarter

Jewellery Quarter

The Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham has always fascinated me.  This sculpture outside the station shows an enlarged watch mechanism and is very appropriate.  The Jewellery Quarter has been around for a long, long time.  A survey in 1553 named  one of the first goldsmiths in the area – Roger Pemberton if you’re interested!

The whole area is a designated conservation area and English Heritage has described it as a ‘place of unique character’.




Chamberlain clock tower

Chamberlain clock tower

The Jewellery Quarter’s Chamberlain clock tower

This clock tower dominates the area.  It was installed in 1903 in honour of Joseph Chamberlain.  He was MP for the area and worked really hard for the area.  His name crops up remarkably often when I am exploring Birmingham.  There is an interesting history of the jewellery quarter on the Victoria James website.

HSBC bank

HSBC bank

I took a separate photo of the building behind it because I thought it really attractive.  What a lovely building for a bank!  In fact I found myself spoiled for choice in photos of buildings:  there are over 200 listed buildings within the area.  That gives you some idea of what a wonderful area it is to explore.

Pen museum

Pen museum

Museums of the Jewellery Quarter

I tried to visit the English Heritage silver museum, but you have to book in advance for that.  On my walk I passed the Pen Museum which looks huge.  That’s definitely one for a return visit.

Button factory

Button factory

The Button Factory, now a restaurant, gives a flavour of the history of the jewellery quarter.  I waited ages for that white van to move so that I could take this photo, but I gave up in the end.

Warstone Lane Cemetery

Warstone Lane Cemetery

Warstone Lane Cemetery

This cemetery provided an oasis of green right beside the road.  I thought that it was most unusual for it to be so open – not tucked away behind high hedges or walls.  The crocuses in the foreground gave a lovely splash of colour.

The catacombs provide a three storey section which increased the available space for burials.  They have now been bricked up.  Apparently they were originally built because there was a sand pit that needed covering up!

The Jewellery Quarter is well worth a visit and I probably only scratched the surface with the parts that I visited this time.  It certainly is a real gem in the heart of Birmingham.