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Uncovering Digbeth

Digbeth, which charts the history of Birmingham from the medieval period to the present day, lies to the east of the city centre.

The Digbeth, Deritend & Bordersley High Streets conservation area was designated in 2000 and includes the most significant archaeological remains of Birmingham's medieval settlement - which was centred around St Martin's in the Bull Ring. It's survival as an inner city industrial quarter, with buildings dating from the mid nineteenth to mid twentieth century add to the area's significance.

75-85 Digbeth High Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, West Midlands.
General view of street elevations, view from south east.
75-85 Digbeth High Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, West Midlands © Historic England DP195900

Grade I listed Curzon Street Station on the edge of Digbeth, has been on Historic England's Heritage at Risk Register since 2006. Recent research by Historic England has shown that Curzon Street Station is perhaps the finest surviving example in England, of a building designed to celebrate the arrival of the railway. The building sits in the area now proposed for Birmingham's High Speed Two (HS2) Station.

Historic England's Historic Places Investigation Team are undertaking a Historic Area Assessment of Digbeth, encompassing the area from Curzon Street down to Digbeth High Street and out to the Spring Vale roundabout. This is intended to better understand Digbeth, by considering the area's character and significance, and inform further stages of work as plans for this remarkable area emerge.

Viaduct, Trent Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, West Midlands.
General view to underside of arch to viaduct, view from north.
Viaduct, Trent Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, West Midlands. General view to underside of arch to viaduct, view from north. © Historic England DP195910
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