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Did you know?…

Here are a variety of interesting facts about or involving the Jewellery Quarter. With a history spanning 250 years it’s certainly not short of an interesting tale or two …

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Alfred Bird, the inventor of egg-free custard and baking powder, is laid to rest in Key Hill Cemetery.

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The hit BBC TV show ‘Hustle’ was shot on location in the Jewellery Quarter.

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Worcestershire Medal Service (Gladman and Norman) joined forces with two other Jewellery Quarter companies – Toye, Kenning and Spencer, and Thomas Fattorini – to win the contract to produce the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals.

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40% of jewellery made in the UK is made in the Quarter.

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The Quarter is home to Europe’s largest School of Jewellery.

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In 2012, the Sytner Group was voted third in the Sunday Times list of Top 25 Big Companies to Work for.

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The Jewellery Quarter has more than 200 listed buildings.

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The whistles used on the Titanic were made in the Quarter.

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BBC’s Kay Alexander was Chairman of the Assay Office from 2006 – 2012 and Stella Layton is only the 13th Assay Master in 240 years!

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The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter has been voted as one of the top three attractions in Europe… above the Notre Dame.

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Harry Gem, founder of lawn tennis, is buried in the Quarter.

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Local florist, In Bloom, are not just popular amongst wedding couples and day to day customers. They have provided flowers for Harvey Nichols for over 5 years as well as other businesses across the midlands.

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St Paul’s Square is the last remaining Georgian Square in Birmingham.

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The Queen’s birthday honours medals were made in the area.

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Claire Hutchings, Professional Masterchef finalist 2011, was educated at UCB.

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The Newman Brothers Factory on Fleet Street provided coffin furniture for the funerals of Sir Winston Churchill, Neville Chamberlain and Diana, Princess of Wales.

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BDG in Northwood Street makes the cutlery for Cunard’s first-class lounges.

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The PFA and FIFA World Player of the Year awards are made in the Quarter.

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The Acme Thunderer whistles are produced here.

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Steam from the works engine of the Albert Works (now the Argent Centre) was recycled to heat the building’s very own Turkish bath.

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Birmingham Assay Office is the largest in the UK.

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The Quarter is home to the world’s biggest collection of signed album prints at St Paul’s Gallery.

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The original FA Cup was made in the Quarter.

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Stan’s Café Theatre staged a 24-hour Scalextric race, complete with radio commentary, in the AE Harris building in the Quarter.

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The Quarter is home to the second oldest art gallery, RBSA, with royal status in Britain.

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The Wimbledon winners’ ladies salver was made in the Quarter.

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The Rip Van Winkle classic was written in the area.

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The Lonsdale boxing champion belts were made here.

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The Quarter has its very own poem dedicated to the area by Ian McMillan

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In 1855, Elkington’s employee Alexander Parkes developed Celluloid – the first ever plastic – in the Quarter.

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Local signed band The Twang recorded an album in the Quarter, aptly titled ‘Jewellery Quarter’.

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The Premiership medals are made in the Quarter.

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Published author Kathleen Dayus, who wrote The Girl From Hockley, was born in the Jewellery Quarter.

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The Jam House opened St George’s Day 1999 to a capacity crowd who were entertained by its patron and biggest supporter, Jools Holland and his Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Orchestra.

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St Paul’s Square was voted one of the Top 20 Urban Picnic Areas in the UK.