The surprising meanings behind street names in Birmingham's city centre

Have you ever been curious about the names of the streets in Birmingham city centre? Where did Moor Street come from or Colmore Row? Well wonder no more - because we have all the answers for you

Ever wondered about the origins of street names in Birmingham? Why is “Moor Street” is called that? Or what about the Bullring or New Street.

Often overlooked, these names are historical echoes, marking the presence of notable individuals, locations, and event shifts through the ages. Consider the Bullring: originally “Corn Cheaping,” denoting the area’s corn market.

The term “Bull Ring” emerged from a green space within Corn Cheaping designated for bull-baiting. The ‘ring’ in question was an iron hoop in Corn Cheaping where bulls were tethered for baiting prior to being slaughtered, hence the name “Bull Ring” for Birmingham’s city centre. But what does other street names in the city centre mean?

So many street names in Birmingham city centre gives an insight into Brum's history - and can help us trace its journey from market town to one of the biggest cities in Europe. Here are the fascinating stories behind some of these street names in Birmingham city centre:

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