William Dargue  A History of BIRMINGHAM Places & Placenames from A to Y

William Dargue's

History of Birmingham on your Doorstep

(and other downloadable documents - see below.)


This website, A History of Birmingham Places & Placenames . . . A to derives from my History of Birmingham on your Doorstep document which was always a work-in-progress. The information is presented chronologically. There is an extensive annotated bibliography in the document which is not on this website. The final version is dated 2008 and is copyright-free under the conditions set out in the document. Click below to open the document and then Save as . . . to your own computer.  


William Dargue's History of Birmingham on your Doorstop 2008
This History of Birmingham on your Doorstep was written initially as a resource for Birmingham schools.
Microsoft Word Document 4.5 MB
A Tale of One City: The New Birmingham
Papers Reprinted from the "Midland Counties Herald", by Thomas Anderton 1900
Anderton 1900.doc
Microsoft Word Document 321.5 KB
Personal recollections of Birmingham and Birmingham Men
Reprinted from the "Birmingham Daily Mail," with revisions, corrections and Additions by E. Edwards 1877.
Edwards 1877.doc
Microsoft Word Document 613.5 KB
An History of Birmingham
The Second Edition,with considerable Additions,
by W. Hutton 1783
Hutton 1783.doc
Microsoft Word Document 1.9 MB
A Description of Modern Birmingham
Whereunto Are Annexed Observations Made during an Excursion Round the Town, in the Summer of 1818, Including Warwick and Leamington
Charles Pye 1818
Pye 1818.doc
Microsoft Word Document 457.0 KB
Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham
A History and Guide arranged alphabetically
compiled by Thomas T Harman 1888
Showell 1888.doc
Microsoft Word Document 1.9 MB
Memorials of Old Birmingham
Traditions of the Old Crown House in Der-yat-end in the Lordship of Birmingham with some Notice of English Gilds
by Toulmin Smith 1863
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.1 MB

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