This booklet is one of a long series (over 30 in all) written by
John Morris Jones, former Headmaster of George Dixon Junior School,
during the period 1960 - 1980, 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 start from.
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 and developments.
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.
Autumn 1988 & Spring 1998.