‘The Homes of our Metal Manufactures. Messrs R.W. Winfield and Co’s Cambridge Street Works & Rolling Mills, Birmingham’

Archaeological Excavations at the Library of Birmingham, Cambridge Street

Chris Hewitson
Birmingham Archaeology Monograph Series


With the redevelopment of the former car park adjacent to Baskerville House as part of the Library of Birmingham project, the opportunity arose to examine some of the most complete remains of the 19th-century industrialisation in Birmingham. Birmingham Archaeology of the University of Birmingham, in association with Carillion and the Birmingham City Council, undertook an archaeological excavation, before the construction of the new Library of Birmingham, in an area between Cambridge Street and Centenary Square, Broad Street in the city centre. The excavation identified six phases of activity pre-dating, during and after the completion of the brass metal works.