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Digbeth has gone through the industrial revolution and now it’s going through a creative industry revolution

Digbeth in Birmingham has a long and rich history. Located at the junction of Floodgate Street, Digbeth has seen it all from its beginnings in the 1730s, to the present day.

It has gone through the industrial revolution with many factories providing employment for the locals, and is going through another revival now with many creative industries, restaurants and events spaces moving in.

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In the 1980s most of the factories had closed down and the area was in a state of decline. However, recent years have seen a dramatic shift in the fortunes of Digbeth.

With many of the old factories converted into modern accommodation blocks, the area has become a popular destination for young people. This is supported by the fact that, according to the last census, Birmingham has one of the youngest populations in the country.

Digbeth, Birmingham in the 1730sDigbeth, Birmingham in the 1730s
Digbeth, Birmingham in the 1730s | Local TV

The area of Digbeth is steeped in history and there are some impressive Victorian buildings still standing, two of which are pubs -The Swan and The Anchor. With the recent residential boom, the businesses of these establishments have been bolstered.

Abandoned building in Digbeth, BirminghamAbandoned building in Digbeth, Birmingham
Abandoned building in Digbeth, Birmingham | Local TV

The area is also set to become even more attractive to people in the coming months and years with the arrival of HS2 at Curzon Street Station and the BBC moving its headquarters to the old Typhoo Tea Factory. Peaky Blinders’ creator Steven Knight also announced that he is launching a film and television studio in the area.

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The White Swan in Digbeth, BirminghamThe White Swan in Digbeth, Birmingham
The White Swan in Digbeth, Birmingham | Local TV

Joe Lycett will also be broadcasting his show from The Bond in Fazeley Street.

All of this is sure to bring more life to the area and Digbeth is certainly an area to keep an eye on for future development.

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