1867 First Art Gallery opened. Sewage Farm constructed at
1871 Birmingham Schools Board appointed.
1872 Public Health Act. First Medical Officer of Health appointed.
1873 First tramway in Birmingham - horse-drawn, later steam
trams. Cannon Hill Park opened.
1874 Artisans' Dwelling Act. Aston Villa F.C. founded. (not
called B'ham as Aston was then not part of B'ham)
1875 Gas Co. taken over by Borough, also Water Co. Fire Brigade
formed. Birmingham F.C. founded. Corporation St begun. Small
Heath Park opened. Joseph Chamberlain Mayor 1873-76.
1876 Highgate Park opened.
1877 Birmingham, Tame & Rea District Drainage Board set
up (only 40,000 of 70,000 houses in area were linked to main
sewers.) Serious water pollution: local supplies inadequate.
1879 Council House opened. First telephone exchange built.
Upper Corporation St opened. Cadburys moved to Bournville.
1880 Population 200,000. Mason College opened. Reservoir
constructed at Shustoke.
1882 Warwickshire County Cricket Club formed.
1883 College of Art built. New Law Courts opened.