#Interestinghistory – Back-to-backs of Birmingham Part 2

Roberta Writes

Court 15, which stands at the corner of Inge Street and Hurst Street, has been restored and the houses have been reconstructed to illustrate the homes and lives of four different families who lived in four different time periods.

The 1840s: the Levys

The first house was the home of Lawrence and Priscilla Levy and their four children Joseph, Adelaide, Morris and Emanuel, who lived there in the 1840’s. Lawrence was a watchmaker and was assisted with his work by his two eldest sons.


I learned some interesting things about this time period from our tour of this old house. The kitchen was tiny and dark. As the Levy’s were a Jewish family, meat was kept and prepared separately to vegetables. The eggs were kept in a wire basket hung from the ceiling [which was low]. This was to keep them away from rats. Another interesting discussion point was the…

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