|Introduction by Clinton Davies - Autumn 1988 & Spring 1998.
These pages contain a collection of material compiled by John
Morris Jones, former Headmaster of George Dixon Junior School,
during the period 1960 - 1980. He wrote over 30 booklets in which
he covered almost every district of the City of Birmingham. In
many ways they were the first detailed local history studies aimed
at the non-historian, and particularly focussed at children.
At the time they were produced typewriters and simple ink duplicators
were the major tools; mistakes were hard to remove and maps were
even more difficult to reproduce clearly. Since that time individuals
and local history groups have added somewhat to JMJ's work but
his series still forms a good platform for our young people to
As a school librarian I found them a superb resource but difficult
for some pupils to use - hence this effort at improvement. I have
made no attempt at editing or corrections except obvious typographical
errors, nor at bringing things up-to-date with the latest discoveries
My aim has simply been to make the document more accessible to
young readers - splitting long, hard paragraphs and with my limited
cartographic skills to redraw more clearly those maps which did
not 'Gestetner' very well.
Thanks are due to Mr Andrew Blizzard (former Schools' Liaison
Officer with Birmingham Central Library Local Studies Department)
for some copies of original documents.