New Street, Birmingham

New Street, Birmingham

Known as Novus Vicus in the Borough rental records of 1296, and later in 1345 as le Newstret, New Street probably began earlier in 1166. It was established as a way from the Bull Ring, the center of the new town, to Dudley Castle, the home of the de Bermingham family. Every castle must have a road. Every road must have a town.

The street experienced massive growth through the 18th and 19th centuries. It was described as "the Bond Street of Birmingham". It was noted for its shops, schools, theatre and Arts.

New Street is now mainly pedestrianized. It is more than ever a popular shopping street, connecting the Bullring Shopping Centre to Corporation Street and High Street. A farmers' market is held monthly on the first and third Wednesday. The Christmas Frankfurt market of Victoria Square is also held on New Street.

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New Street on Map

Sight Name: New Street
Sight Location: Birmingham, England (See walking tours in Birmingham)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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