If you want to remember a specific page forever click the pin in the top right corner and we will be sure not to replace it. Surrounding this is Birmingham's metropolitan area – the area to which it is closely economically tied through commuting – which includes the former Mercian capital of Tamworth and the cathedral city of Lichfield in Staffordshire to the north; the industrial city of Coventry and the Warwickshire towns of Nuneaton, Warwick and Leamington Spa to the east; and the Worcestershire towns of Redditch and Bromsgrove to the south west. The Archers, the world's longest running radio soap, is recorded in Birmingham for BBC Radio 4. There is a large group of children under the age of five reflecting high numbers of births in recent years. [82], By the 1820s, an extensive canal system had been constructed, giving greater access to natural resources and fuel for industries. Other general hospitals in the city include Heartlands Hospital in Bordesley Green, Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield and City Hospital in Winson Green. The Orchestra of the Swan is the resident chamber orchestra at Birmingham Town Hall,[180] where weekly recitals have also been given by the City Organist since 1834.[181]. [200] The city's leading contemporary literary publisher is the Tindal Street Press, whose authors include prize-winning novelists Catherine O'Flynn, Clare Morrall and Austin Clarke.[201]. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. [29], There is evidence of early human activity in the Birmingham area dating back to around 8000 BC,[30] with Stone Age artifacts suggesting seasonal settlements, overnight hunting parties and woodland activities such as tree felling. Birmingham is een district met de officiële titel van city, in het stedelijk graafschap (metropolitan county) West Midlands.De stad is de op een na grootste van het land, en heeft 1.100.000 inwoners. The Football League – the world's first league football competition – was founded by Birmingham resident and Aston Villa director William McGregor, who wrote to fellow club directors in 1888 proposing "that ten or twelve of the most prominent clubs in England combine to arrange home-and-away fixtures each season". [36] This established Birmingham as the primary commercial centre for the Birmingham Plateau at a time when the area's economy was expanding rapidly, with population growth nationally leading to the clearance, cultivation and settlement of previously marginal land. [125], Extreme weather is rare, but the city has been known to experience tornadoes. [351] BBC Birmingham studios additionally produce shows for BBC Radio WM and BBC Asian Network in the city.

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