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Tailors' Quarter in Birmingham

Nico

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Can anyone tell me if there was a Tailors' Quarter/Clothing Industry Quarter/Jewish, prefixing both of these, please?
In my birth family search it comes up in conversation.
Possibly around Sherlock Street or Ashted Row as they came up.
 

Astoness

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nico i have moved this thread from the forum rules section to the correct section of the forum where you may get more response
 
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Morturn

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I understand it was around Alama Street in Newtown, I think hats were made in that area too. I belive that there we also a few working in Balsall Heath. A Tailor told me how they worked in the back to back and terrace houses. Some family specialised in cutting out, then the suit would be passed across the road to be sewn up, then back to someone else for the lining. He said one house only did pressing and ironing while other did the buttons.

Sounded like a production line of collaborative working
 

Radiorails

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I believe there were a few tailors in the side streets near the Birmingham Hippodrome. An uncle took me to one once, in 1953, when he was my advisor for good, smart clothing some months before I came to Devon.
 

rosie

brummie
I seem to remember that one of the renovated "Back-to-Backs" in Hurst St. was once occupied by a tailor? I can't find my book at the moment.
rosie.
 

Astoness

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I seem to remember that one of the renovated "Back-to-Backs" in Hurst St. was once occupied by a tailor? I can't find my book at the moment.
rosie.
yes rosie you are correct...i cant recall the tailors name just now but from memory he left his workshop at the back to backs hurst st in the 70s and his work room was left as it was the day he left...very interesting to visit

lyn
 

Astoness

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Thanks lyn. I must look for that book , it should be on the "handy shelf" but it isn't!
rosie.
rosie the tailors name was george saunders this article from 2012

 

mikejee

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There was also another tailor very nearby (described as Harry cohen, by the hippodrome) . Have posted it somewhere before on forum, but not sure where. This is from "My river Life" by Ron jones

my River Life by Ron Jones.jpg
 

Nico

master brummie
There was also another tailor very nearby (described as Harry cohen, by the hippodrome) . Have posted it somewhere before on forum, but not sure where. This is from "My river Life" by Ron jones

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Thank you for all these. Do they give other tailors' names? I am interested in the names Philips and Seman.
 

Alberta

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Nico ,in 1911 there is an Isaac Phillips age 35b Germany living in Irving Street.(Tailor. waistcoats)
I found no surname Seman.
Going along the other entries there were many diferent surnames,Tailors , Tailoresses, Tailors pressers,Tailors cutters living in Irving street many from Russia with christian names such as Isaac, Abraham and Esther which may mean they were of the Jewish faith.
 

Nico

master brummie
Nico ,in 1911 there is an Isaac Phillips age 35b Germany living in Irving Street.(Tailor. waistcoats)
I found no surname Seman.
Going along the other entries there were many diferent surnames,Tailors , Tailoresses, Tailors pressers,Tailors cutters living in Irving street many from Russia with christian names such as Isaac, Abraham and Esther which may mean they were of the Jewish faith.
Thank you Alberta. I think, possibly the Seman family were not Tailors. But in the clothing trade somehow.
I will follow up Isaac. 'My' Phillips was a Tailor's Salesman. Thank you.
 
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