268 Route 36. BIRMINGHAM.
St. John (PL B, 2), on the W. side of the town, is an interesting
14th cent, building, restored. — Near St. John's is Bablake Hospital
(PL B, 1), and in Grey Friars' Lane is Ford's Hospital (PL B, 2), two
interesting examples of the domestic style of the 16th century.
In the Foleshill road, to the N. of Coventry, is Bird Grove, the house
in which George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans; 1820-80) lived with her father
before bis death; and Ivy Cottage, where she frequently visited Mrs. C. Bray,
is also close to the town (St. Nicholas Road, a short way from tramway
at top of Bishop St.). See also p. 369. — The Coventry Canal connects
Coventry with Oxford on the one side, and with the Mersey and Trent
on the other.
Among the interesting points in the neighbourhood of Coventry are
Whitley Abbey, 172 M. to the E.; Sloneleigh Abbey (p. 257), 5 M. to theS.;
Kenilworth (see p. 256), 5 M. to the S.W. (a beautiful road); the Norman
church of Wyken, 372 M. to the N.E.; and Coombe Abbey, the seat of the
Earl of Craven, 4 M. to the E. (2 M. from the stations of Brandon &
Wolston, p. 267, and Brinklow), where Elizabeth, daughter of James I.,
spent part of her girlhood, and to which she retired after the death oi
her husband, the Elector Frederick (King of Bohemia). The house (adm.
by special permission only) contains numerous interesting relics, portraits,
old furniture, and weapons.
From Coventry to Nuneaton , through 'George Eliot's country', see
p. 369; to Leamington and Warwick, see p. 253.
Beyond Coventry the view is much interrupted by numerous
deep cuttings. Beyond (99V2 M.) Berkswell, the church of which
ha3 a Norman crypt, the train crosses the Blythe by a fine viaduct.
Picturesque old bridge to the left. 103 M. Hampton is the junction
of a line to Tamworth (p. 198). At (109 M.) Stechford the direct line
to Walsall (p.273) and Wolverhampton (p. 274) diverges to the right.
113 M. Birmingham. — Railway Stations. The New Street Station
(PL II; D, 3, 4), New Street, with good refreshment-rooms, is used by the
L.N.W. trains for London (via, Coventry and Rugby), to Stafford, Crewe,
Liverpool, and the North, to Wolverhampton, Lichfield, Derby, etc., and
also for the Midland trains to London (via Leicester), Sheffield, Derby, Wor¬
cester, Gloucester, Bath, Bristol, etc. — The Snow Hill Station (PI. It; F, 1)
of the G. W. Railway, also with goorl refreshment-rooms, lies about 73 M. to
the N., and serves for trains to London (via Warwick and Oxford), Wor¬
cester, Malvern, and South Wales. — There are also several suburban
Plans of the Town. In the text the general plan of Birmingham (p. 2SS)
is referred to as PL I, that of the inner town (p. 270) as PI. II.
Hotels (comp. PL II, p. 270). 'Queen's (PL a; D, 4), at the New St.
Station, R. from 4s., B. or L. 3s., D. 5«.; Grand (PL c; E, 2), Colmore
Row, R. 4s. 6d., D. 5s.; "Plough & Harrow (PI. I; A, 5), 135 Hagley Road,
old-fashioned, R. 4s., D. 3s. 6d.-5s.; Colonnade (PL f; D, 3), New St.;
Cobden (PL d; E,3), corner of Corporation St. and Cherry St., a large temp¬
erance house, R. 2s. 6d., D.2s.; Midland (PL e; D, 3), New St., R,. from 4s.,
D. 5s.; Stork (PL g; F, 3); Central (PI. 1; E, 3), both in Corporation St.;
White Horse (PL i; C, 1), corner of Congreve St. and Great Charles St.,
unpretending; Swan (PL h; E,4), corner of New St. and High St., com¬
mercial ; Acorn, Temple St. (PL D, 3), small; Hen & Chickens (PL k; E, 4),
New St., R. 3s., Victoria, 34 Corporation St., R. 3s., D. 2s., both temperance.
Restaurants. Lissiter & Miller, 20 Bennett's Hill (PL D, 2, 3); Bodega
and Cafi Royal, 62 New St.; Pattison, 7 New St., 25 Corporation St., and
54 High St.; Fletcher, Central, both Corporation St.; Nock, Union Passage;
Garden Restaurant, with vegetarian dinners, 25 Paradise St. (PL C, j);
Arcadian, 18 North West Arcade (PL F, 3), Corporation Ht. (fish-dinners);
Refreshment Rooms, at the railway-stations (see above); also at most of the