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Kenneth Budd

Birmingham /  Old Square


Fibreglass mural relief with scenes from the history of the Old Square. From left to right:

Birmingham - Old Square
The 13th century Priory of Augustinian Friars stood on this site until 1538.

Birmingham - Old Square
Arms of the de Birmingham family subsequent owners of this land.

Birmingham - Old Square
The Bull Tavern and later the Saracens Head Posting and Coaching Inn stood here in the 16th century.

Birmingham - Old Square
THE SQUARE designed by William Westley was built by Thomas Kennery in 1713.

Birmingham - Old Square
Edmund Hector, Surgeon and Doctor, lived at No. 1 where he was often host to Dr Johnson [Wikipedia]. Johnson's last visit was a month before he died on 13th December 1784.

Birmingham - Old Square
John Wilkes the famous Lock Maker lived at No. 9 1613-1734.

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Left: Lloyd the Banker [Wikipedia] lived at No. 13 in 1770, the early bank motif was a beehive.
Right: At No. 11 was the 'Great Room'. In 1765 a Ball was held there for the Duke of York.

Birmingham - Old Square
Top: Samuel Galton Jnr. lived at No. 13 in 1780. He was a fellow member with Boulton, Watt, and others of the Lunar Society.
Bottom: In 1794 Miss Lloyd one of Samuel Lloyds sixteen children is reputed to have eloped from No. 13.

Birmingham - Old Square
Top: The Revolutionary riots 1791. Homes in the Square were defended against the mob.
Bottom: Mr Chavasse crashed his gig into the railings, which led to their removal in 1829 opening up the Square for developments.

Birmingham - Old Square
Left: William Scholefield [Wikipedia] became first Mayor of Birmingham in 1838. He lived at No. 1.
Right: The Square rapidly changed to a commercial centre during the 19th century. In 1896 the last of the original houses was demolished.


Sources & Information


  • Beehive
  • Birmingham, family De
  • Budd, Kenneth
  • Cattle (bull / cow / calf)
  • Coach
  • Coat of arms
  • Dancer
  • Hector, Edmund
  • History Sculpture
  • Johnson, Samuel
  • Lloyd, Sampson
  • Lock maker
  • Mayor
  • Saracens Head
  • Scholefield, William
  • Surgeon
  • Wilkes, John
  • Writer / poet
  • Locatie (N 52°28'56" - W 1°53'41") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

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