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Is the jewellery quarter unique?

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Is the Jewellery Quarter unique? To answer this question I must define the word unique. Unique means "unparalleled, one of a kind" definition taken from the Oxford dictionary. There is no other place in Britain that is like the Jewellery Quarter. The Jewellery Quarter has countless jewellery shops, about 4 or 5 in each building. In this assignment I am going to look at the following aspects of the jewellery Quarter: > Does the size make it unique? > Does the architecture? > Do the working practices of the Jewellery Quarter? > Does the community make it unique? > Whether or not it is still unique today? The Jewellery Quarter is 1/2 square mile in size. I know this because if you refer to source 1, A-Z Map of Birmingham it tells you. The Jewellery Quarter is unique in terms of making jewellery. There is nothing else like the Jewellery Quarter anywhere else in Britain. The jewellery quarter is unique because it concentrated on one aspect which is the making of jewellery. Other places that worked in the same way are: > Ship building in Belfast > Cutlery production in Sheffield > Coal mining in south Wales > Lanrover production at longbridge in Birmingham During the 18th and 19th century the architecture used in the ...read more.


This meant that the Jewellery Quarter had a great deal of social and economical interaction. However this does not make the Jewellery Quarter unique because it is similar to Clerkenwell in "London- A Biography" by Peter Atroyd. Also all the factories in Manchester and factories up north all do a number of jobs in one factory until the item is complete. Clerkenwell has many similarities to the Jewellery Quarter e.g. watch making and other small items are made in the same process as the Jewellery Quarter - by one item being passed on from one place to the next. In the biography it states: "The nature of it's manufacture with different artisans in different districts, making one small part of the assembly's." the vass majority is domestic production. Unlike other shops in the Jewellery Quarter which pass one item from one place to another Smith and Peppers carry out all of their processing under one roof. Smith and Peppers was a factory in the 1800's, but then a Factory Act was passed. This was to "improve the safety for the workers." However there was one problem for Smith and Peppers. It was examined, because they did not employ enough workers. ...read more.


There are very few industries that trade and educate in the same area. Back to back houses/poor people (see site 4) Master Craftsman's house/rich people (see site 10) The social mix of workers in the Jewellery Quarter was unique, because there is no other place like it, where people rich and poor lived side by side, because generally the rich moved out either to Handsworth or Hockley. It was very uncommon to find rich people living alongside poor people. (if you refer to site 4 and 10 you will see that rich live in master craftsman houses, while the poor live in back to back houses.) When the rich had enough money they moved out either to Handsworth or to Hockley. In terms of production of novelties on a huge scale there were similarities between the Jewellery Quarter and Clerkenwell. The Jewellery Quarter was highly densely populated, both the rich and the poor lived together. Clerkenwell is not as big as the Jewellery Quarter, but uses the same methods of production. It also had a lot of private houses- it says in "London A biography" by Peter Atroyd "In almost every street there were private houses which had as door-plates the sign of escapement-maker, engine turner, springer, fisher, and so on." ...read more.

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