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Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham is one of the unique places in the city. Not exactly in the heart of the busy centre but close enough to reach on foot or get by tram.
As the name suggests, it is the historical jewellery gem of the city. People come here to find that perfect ring for a special occasion. But it is not all about the jewellery, and you find plenty more to entertain your soul, like museums, cafes, historical pieces of architecture and seeing the oldest cemetery of Birmingham dating back to 1848.
But let me share with you my reasons for visiting the Jewellery Quarter. I have been here for photography and photography only. It was my second time in this part of the city, and I feel I have learned a lot!
We began our journey at the St. Paul’s Church dating back to 18th century. I found it very simple and slightly different inside. All of the seating benches were boxed rather than freestanding like in most of the cathedrals and churches.
My mission is always to find something different to capture, use details and unusual angles. While everyone spent their time inside the church, I went around looking for inspiration which reflects in the images above.
While walking around the church, we found few holes on the facade which could have indicated shootings or a bomb explosion nearby during the WW1 or WW2.
Interesting point about the above colourful image – here you can spot both, the railway and the tramway – all going from and into the city. Birmingham is going through a phase of a substantial redevelopment at the moment.
I found it hard to see what to capture, and I got the impression that many have struggled to find something to picture on the streets of the Jewellery Quarter. And it is not that there is nothing to see, it was just the grey sky and uncertainty.
But when we got to the Chamberlain Clock which dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, it got a bit more interesting. Again I felt the need for concentrating on the details of the quarter and pick the best cherries from the icing cake!
An interesting fact about the clock – it was named after the Joseph Chamberlain who was in charge of the area back in the days. He fought for the rights of the jewellers.
The clock sits right in the centre of the Jewellery Quarter and hence symbolises the presence of Joseph Chamberlain and his part in doing great things for this part of Birmingham.
Now, as anyone who goes exploring the new territories we too got a bit hungry. Traditionally, we meet at the cafe and then having another stop at the other cafe after a few hours of walking. We picked an Urban cafe on this ocassion, and I would like to praise their coffee for unique taste!
After the break, the group moved towards the Warstone Lane Cemetery and Key Hill Cemetery. As I found out later, these are the oldest cemeteries in Birmingham, and some great and respected people rest here. For example, John Baskerville is one of the residents of the catacombs. He was a known typographer and printer. An information board at the cemetery educates on some of the notable people buried on its grounds.
I have a rule not to photograph anything in such places, and so I quickly made my way through the forest of gravestones and went to meet my family to head home. But just before that, I made few more shots walking towards the tram station, taking a tram into the city centre and ending at the New Street Station for a reasonable fee of £1.
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