Jewellery Quarter Area Guide
The area is an industry hub, home to more than 100 retailers, diamond dealers, and workshops, as well as the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, with a preserved 1980s workshop. Historically, the Jewellery Quarter has been the birthplace of many pioneering advancements in industrial technology. According to the Birmingham Directory of 1780, there were 26 jewellers in the Jewellery Quarter at the time. In 1746, the Colmore family released land, which is known as the Jewellery Quarter today, to help the increasing population. Since then Georgian houses built were aimed at the prosperous middle class were constructed around the square, some of which survive such as numbers 12–14, which are Grade II listed. Unfortunately, the industry took a decline during the post-war years but with a £6 million investment into the area and an Urban Village Framework Plan the area is now prospering once again.
Jewellery Quarter Property Market
Sold property prices in Jewellery Quarter over the last year were up 11% on the previous year and up 4% on the 2017 peak. The majority of sales in Jewellery Quarter during the last year were flats, selling for an average price of £229,029. Terraced properties sold for an average of £443,333. According to the latest Zoopla report, property values have increased by 2.5% in the last 12 months.
Why Jewellery Quarter is a great investment
If you are looking to invest in something with long-term financial rewards, then the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter buy-to-let market is for you. Jewellery Quarter property values are 177% higher than 20 years ago, and Birmingham is leading the country in price growth post-2016 at 16% and continuing increase in house price growth. The buy-to-let market in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter has remained exceptionally resilient considering the circumstances 2020 has brought, indicating that now is actually a great time to enter the Jewellery Quarter property market. For more info, please contact our estate agents in Jewellery Quarter.
Schools in this area
Birmingham City University – School of Jewellery – Birmingham City University – School of Jewellery was founded in 1890 and is the largest jewelry school in Europe.
The Jewellery Quarter is served by the Jewellery Quarter station, a co-joined stop on both the Midland Metro and the main rail line into Birmingham Snow Hill station.
The Jewellery Quarter itself consists of a network of narrow streets, the area is bounded by large roads:
- To the south is Great Charles Street Queensway which formed part of the A4400 Inner Ring Road;
- To the northwest is Icknield Street which forms part of the A4540 Middle Ring Road;
- At the western apex of the area, the Middle Ring Road forms a junction with the A457;
- At the northernmost point, Great Hampton Street crosses over the Middle Ring Road at Boulton Middleway;
- To the southwest is Sand Pits and Summer Hill Road, forming part of the A457.
Several bus services run through the Jewellery Quarter, and many National Express West Midlands buses run along the main roads on the boundaries.