272 Route 36. BIRMINGHAM.
more. It is attended by 600-600 students, and is equipped with
Faculties of Arts, Science, Medicine, Engineering, and Commerce,
a Training College for teachers, a School of Brewing, a series of ex¬
cellent laboratories, and a library of 18,000 volumes. (New building,
see below). In the same street, farther to'the E., at the corner of
Margaret St., is the School of Art (PI. II; D, 1), built in 1884-85,
and the first municipal school of art in England. — The Municipal
Technical School, in Suffolk St., built in 1896 at a cost of 100,000*.,
is one of the most complete in England.
Colmoeb Row (PL II; D, E, 2), which leads to the E. from
the Town Hall to Snow Hill, with the Great Western Station, is
perhaps the best-built street in the town. It contains numerous
substantial insurance-offices and banks, the Union Club, and the
Grand Hotel (p. 268). — To the S. of it, in an open space, is
St. Philip's (PI. II; E, 2; a 'Cathedral' since 1905), a church of the
Queen Anne period, occupying the highest ground in Birmingham.
It possesses some fine stained-glass windows by Sir Edward Burne-
Jones (1833-98), a native of Birmingham. In the churchyard is an
obelisk in memory of Col. Burnaby (1842-85), erected in 1885.
Another handsome modern thoroughfare is Cobpobation Street
(PI. II; E, F, G, 3), which contains the Grand Theatre (PI. II; G, 3) and
the Victoria Law Courts (PI. II; G, 2), with windows commemorating
the jubilee of Queen Victoria. On the Stork Hotel (PI. g; F, 3) is
a tablet commemorating a visit of Dr. Johnson to his friend Hector.
The Rom. Cath. *Cathedral of St. Chad (PI. II; F, 1), in Bath St., is a
good specimen of Pugin's work and is in the Dec. style. It contains
an oaken pulpit of the 16th cent., from Louvain, and stalls, throne,
and lectern of the 15th cent., from St. Maria in Capitolio at Cologne.
In Edgbaslon, the fashionable west-end suburb of Birmingham, is the
Oratory of St. Philip Neri (PL I; A, 5), Hagley Road, the home of Card. New¬
man ; the church is Italian in style. Edgbaston also contains the Botanical
Gardens (PL I; A, 6; adm. 6d., Mon. 2d.), and in College Road, to the S.,
large new buildings for the university are approaching completion.
Birmingham possesses numerous public parks, the largest of which
are Cannon Hill Park (PL I; B, C, 7) to the S., West Smethwick Park and
Victoria Park (PL I; A, 1) to the N.W., and Aston Park (PL I; D, 1) to the
N.E. A chief attraction of the last is 'Aston Hall (open from 10, on Sun
from 2, to dusk), a fine old Jacobean mansion, now containing collections
of various kinds. The Aston Lower Grounds contain an aquarium, a large
assembly-hall, running-tracks, gardens, etc. — Highgale Park (PL I; D, 5),
to the S., commands an excellent view of the town.
On the N. Birmingham is adjoined by the manufacturing suburb of
Handsworth, in which stood the Soho Works of Watt and Boulton (p. 270),
dismantled in 1850. Large engine-works, however, are still carried on by
a grandson of the former at Smethwick (farther to the W.; tramway), under
the style of James Watt <£• Co. Watt's house, Heathfield Hall (PL I; B, 1), is
still standing (tramway), and contains the 'classic garret', used by Watts as
his private workshop, with numerous interesting relics. Both Watt and
Boulton are buried in the parish-church of Handsworth, where they are
commemorated by monuments by Chantrey and Flaxman. — The old Crown
House, at Deritend (PL I; D, E, 5), is an interesting half-timbered edifice.
Environs. Among the most interesting points within easy reach of
Birmingham are (7 M.) Sutton Park (p. 273); Packwood House, with its