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H 245 x W 174 mm

342 pages

128 figures, 3 tables (colour throughout)

Published Aug 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803273082

Digital: 9781803273099

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Birmingham; History; Archaeology; Documentary Evidence

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Medieval Birmingham

People and Places, 1070-1553

By John Hemingway

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This book attempts to show through documentary and archaeological evidence how Birmingham evolved from a village into its present role as the second city of the United Kingdom.



Preface ;
Introduction ;

Part One: Bermingham and its Lords ;
Chapter One: In the beginning… ;
Chapter Two: The lords of Bermingham in England and Ireland ;
Chapter Three: The medieval estates of the de Bermingham family ;
Chapter Four: The fighting men of Bermingham ;

Part Two: The manor and church of Bermingham ;
Chapter Five: The medieval manor of Bermingham ;
Chapter Six: The Priory and Hospital of St Thomas the Martyr ;
Chapter Seven: St Martin’s Church ;

Part Three: Life in the town and country ;
Chapter Eight: Life in the town ;
Chapter Nine: Work and Trades in Bermingham ;
Chapter Ten: High days and low days ;

Conclusion ;

About the Author

John Hemingway took a Bachelor of Education degree at Worcester before becoming a history teacher at a preparatory school. He changed his career, becoming an archaeologist, and worked in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands. He chaired the day school for CBA West Midlands for many years, giving many presentations in the region and writing articles, chiefly relating to his work. On retiring he took a doctoral degree at the University of Birmingham.


'...the book draws on a substantial body of knowledge regarding medieval Birmingham, and presents genuinely innovative research into the landscape and topography of the manor' – David Spice (2023): Worcestershire Recorder Autumn 2023