New Street, Birmingham

New Street is a street in central Birmingham, England. It is one of the city's principal thoroughfares and shopping streets linking Victoria Square to the Bullring Shopping Centre. It gives its name to New Street railway station, although the station has never had direct access to New Street except via the Grand Central shopping centre through Stephenson Street.

New Street
New Street, Birmingham - DSCF0506
Length500 m (1,600 ft)
Postal codeB2
East endHigh Street
52°27′27″N 1°53′42″W / 52.457567°N 1.895033°W
West endVictoria Square
52°28′46″N 1°54′08″W / 52.479486°N 1.902204°W
New Street -looking west -Birmingham -UK
New Street looking west, towards Victoria Square and the Town Hall.


New Street is first mentioned as novus vicus in the surviving borough rental records of 1296, at which point it was partly built upon with burgage plots,[1] but was also the site of most of the few open fields remaining within the borough, including Barlycroft, Stoctonesfeld and Wodegrene.[2] It is mentioned again, this time as le Newestret in the rentals of 1344–45.[3] The street may have been created at the time of the establishment of Birmingham's market in 1166, as a more direct route from the centre of the new town at the Bull Ring to the home of the de Birmingham family's feudal overlords at Dudley Castle.[4]

The street underwent large development during the 18th and 19th century and in an 1840s guide, shortly after the building of the Town Hall it is described as "the Bond Street of Birmingham; what with its glittering array of shops, its inns; its fine Elizabethan School, its School of Arts, its Theatre, its Post-office, it gives the tone to that part of the town."

In 1974, the Birmingham pub bombings took place in two pubs; one on New Street, the other under the Rotunda. A total of 21 people died as a result of their injuries in these blasts.[5]

Lost buildings

New Street Birmingham circa 1825 by Henry Harris
New Street circa 1825, by Henry Harris. Also looking west.
KES Free Grammar School Charles Barry
Charles Barry's Free Grammar School
Theatre Royal, Birmingham in 1780
The Theatre Royal in 1780


New Street, September 2016
New Street, Birmingham, UK, September 2016

Victoria Square, containing Birmingham Town Hall, the old Post Office building, and Antony Gormley's Iron: Man, is at the western end. The Bull Ring and High Street shopping areas and the Rotunda are at the eastern end.

New Street today is mostly pedestrianised, although commercial vehicles are still permitted to enter. It is a popular shopping area which provides a busy link from Corporation Street to the Bullring Shopping Centre and the High Street. It has many well known retailers including; Primark, JD Sports, Adidas, Jack Wills, Tesco Metro, M Local, BHS, Boots and various other stores. Restaurants include Bella Italia, Café Rouge, Pizza Hut, Pret A Manger, EAT. and Starbucks.

Many of the city's Banks are located up New Street including; Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Bank, NatWest, HSBC and Santander.

A farmers' market occurs on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Every Christmas a Frankfurt market is held on the street and in Victoria Square, its wooden huts selling items such as jewellery, ornaments, clothing and German food.

Bennetts Hill, notable as the birthplace of the artist, Edward Burne-Jones, runs off New Street roughly in the direction of St. Philip's Cathedral.

The Burlington Hotel, formerly known as the Midland Hotel, is located next to an Apple Store, which occupies the former grade II listed Midland Bank building, designed by Edward Holmes and built between 1867 and 1869. In 1875, a five-storey extension of offices was added to the building. The Burlington Arcade, the front area to the Burlington Hotel, underwent a renovation under the design of Malcolm Payne architects who designed a glass roof to cover the area which was once known as Burlington Passage. The lettering of the Midland Hotel is still visible however on the rear of the building fronting Stephenson Street. This was the building where Enoch Powell delivered his controversial 1968 Rivers of Blood speech regarding Commonwealth immigrants.[1]


  1. ^ Demidowicz 2008, p. 6
  2. ^ Demidowicz 2008, p. 10
  3. ^ Demidowicz 2008, p. 23
  4. ^ Demidowicz 2008, p. 33
  5. ^ "1974: Birmingham pub blasts kill 19". BBC News. 21 November 1974.
  6. ^ Dixon, Jenni (17 June 2012). "Eighteenth Century Birmingham. The Town's First Department Store: Warwick House". Eighteenth Century Birmingham. Retrieved 24 April 2015.


  • Demidowicz, George (2008), Medieval Birmingham: the borough rentals of 1296 and 1344-5, Dugdale Society Occasional papers, 48, Stratford-upon-Avon: The Dugdale Society, in association with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, ISBN 0-85220-090-0
  • The Buildings of England: Warwickshire, Nikolaus Pevsner and Alexandra Wedgwood, 1966, 2003, ISBN 0-300-09679-8

Coordinates: 52°28′41″N 1°53′59″W / 52.47819°N 1.89984°W

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The cinema received its current name in 1942 after it was purchased by Oscar Deutsch's Odeon Cinemas chain. During the 1970s and early to mid-1980s it was a very popular venue for concerts. In 1988 the auditorium was divided into six screens (with two further screens installed in other parts of the building during the early 1990s), ultimately forming an eight screen multiplex with an overall seating capacity of 1,732.

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Alexander Stadium

Perry Barr Stadium

Perry Hall Park

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a number of bus services, including the Outer Circle

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