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Bull Street

Vivienne14

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Great thanks all. Thought it looked familiar. Has this corner been redeveloped ? Viv

PS shall move posts th the Bull Street thread. Viv. Edi. Posts now moved to this thread.
 

Vivienne14

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I think this was Lamb House in Bull Street, although the caption only tells us it was in Bull Street and was demolished when Corporation Street was developed. Viv.

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Vivienne14

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Amendments (proposed in Nov 1860) to the 1851 Birmingham Improvement Act contained plans to widen Bull Street at both ends.
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But it seems to have taken until 1865 for the road to be physically widened.

Strangely I always thought the changes at the Colmore Row (Monmouth Street) end were due to more modern redevelopment but it seems to have been much, much earlier. Viv.
 

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Louharbs

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Hi All, I'm new to this forum and this is my first ever post!

In the 1871 census my 2X Great Grandmother Deborah Ann Bailey was listed as living in number 98 Bull Street and working as a kitchen maid. She was only 14 at the time.

I have looked through this entire thread but can't find anything on number 98. The 1840 sketch shows number 98 as James & Buckland Woollen Drapers. I initially thought the Stork Hotel would be my best bet, as listed alongside her are another 19 employees, suggesting a large business.

Can anyone help with information of what number 98 was in 1871 and are there any photos?

Thank you!!
 

MWS

master brummie
In 1881 William J Benson is listed at 98. He is a confectioner with a number of servants - confectioners assistant, confectioner waitress, cook and others - so a patisserie or something maybe.
 
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MWS

master brummie
William's father is Charles Benson and in 1861 he is listed as a Confectioner in Bull St. There also appears to be a couple of articles in the Birmingham Daily Gazetter in 1867 about him.
 

Louharbs

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In 1881 William J Benson is listed at 98. He is a confectioner with a number of servants - confectioners assistant, confectioner waitress, cook and others - so a patisserie or something maybe.
Thank you so much! from the information you just gave me i have done a bit of googling and came across this. Number 98 was indeed confectioner based for many years. This link details some advertisements (scroll to the bottom) for Bull Street and may be useful to others on this thread.

 

mikejee

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I the 1872 Kellys directory, which would refer to 1871, charles Benson is listed at 89, but it is listed as Luncheon rooms, which would fit in better with her being a kitchen maid
 

Vivienne14

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So many Bull Street photos of the early 1900s show a street with few similarities with today’s views. And a lot seemed to be crammed into the street too, the higher buildings being replaced by much lower level buildings by mid-1900s. This one looks about 1910ish. Viv.

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