Birmingham Buildings Past and Present – The Thomas Underwood Gallery – Part 2

The remaining sketches.

Dog and Duck Tavern Holloway Head
The licensed victualler is Ann White.
The Old Crown Deritend
This is the oldest secular building in Birmingham and is said to date back to about 1368. From a sketch taken in 1840.
The Golden Lion Deritend
The original building was built around 1520.
The Old Ship Inn - Camp Hill
Originally the Anchor, built about 1560, used as HQ by Prince Rupert in 1643 when he burned many buildings in Birmingham.
The Old Engine - Dale End
Also acting as Lodge No 370 of the Nottingham A.I.U.(?) Order of Enrolled Odd Fellows. Are they oysters being sold on the right?
The White Lion Digbeth
From a sketch in 1835
Old Houses Digbeth
There are two licensed victuallers, one, Jo Smallwood under the sign of The Leathern Bottle, and the other George Muddyman under a sign, possibly the Three Crowns.
Malt Shovel Inn Smallbrook St - 1869
From a sketch in 1865.
Swan With Two Necks Inn
This shows the Swan With Two Necks Inn. The “necks” probably originated as “nicks” , the scratches made on a swan’s beak to indicate ownership. From a sketch made in 1830.
St Martins Lane Swan with Two Necks
Shows another Swan with Two Necks Inn. From a sketch made in 1840.
The Royal Hotel
Originally “The Hotel” in Temple Row it was the first such establishment in Birmingham to be called “Hotel” rather than “Inn”. It became the venue for important social events, concerts etc. From a sketch made about 1833

The first selection of Thomas Underwood sketches for the gallery consisted of scenes around New Street and the High Street. This second selection includes the ten remaining Inns in the collection and another Hotel, the first Hotel in Birmingham.


Shops from around Birmingham.

In addition to the shops in the New Street and High Street section the the Thomas Underwood collection also has the shops shown here. The range of goods goes from buttons and shirts to tripe, vinegar, coffee and peppers and to hats and coats with one unidentifiable product. Then there are some houses with adverts that make it look like one large billboard.

This group includes the well known print of “The North prospect of St Philips” and a rather unusual perspective of Pinfold Street. It was a narrow street, as some maps indicate, but appears here as a wide open space. The top half of prints No7 and No 8 represented the houses as they stood in 1865, and were threatened with demolition, and the bottom half the buildings in the street that were demolished for the railway developments. The particular attraction of print No 4 is the name of the carrier!

Remaining Sketches

The remainder of the sketches from the Thomas Underwood Gallery.

Two of the Sketches, the South West Prospect and the East Prospect of Birmingham, are too big for my scanner, so I have limited both of them to the middle part of the Sketch.

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