Birmingham in the 1800s: 47 incredible pictures of the life and times of Birmingham in the 19th century

From slum clearances to orphanages and onion fares - life is very different in Birmingham compared to the 1800s, but there are some aspects of life in our city that you may recognise

It was a time when Birmingham led the world with its pioneering spirit developing global inventions that led to the shaping of modern life.

With factories and manufacturing, Birmingham had become the greatest industrial city in the world by the 1700s.

And in the 1800s the city’s factories continued to develop with the use of steam along with James Watt and Matthew Boulton railway engines. But the strain of industrialisation took its toll on Birmingham during this time with some housing being declared slums.

Other turbulent times were seen amid a dynamite plot by Irish Republicans being hatched in the city. There was no internet or summer festivals, but people gathered together at Onion Fairs and there was much excitement for a Royal visit.

Some of the buildings of the time are still standing today, like the Birmingham Town Hall, and you may recognise others in our gallery.

This isn’t a definitive history of Birmingham in the 1800s, but a fascinating glimpse into the life and times of Brummies in the 19th century. Let’s take a look at 47 incredible images from those times:

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