Rise of an Industry
Birmingham's history is closely linked to Britain’s Industrial revolution and famous names of the times, names such as Matthew Boulton and James Watt.
Initially the area was associated with the production of trinkets and cheap mass-produced items, but as the Quarter developed, then so did the skills of its resident craftsmen and the quality of its produce rose ever higher to the point that it became home to the best goldsmiths in the country.
To meet the need of this growing industry, the Birmingham Assay Office was established in 1825 in Newhall Street. The building remained in use until the last few years when a new state of the art facility was opened in the Quarter.