In 1823 William Webb Ellis
allegedly took the ball in his
arms and ran with it
goal during a game
thus creating the game rugby.
There is no evidence to support
this myth – even the 1895 Inquiry, which
immortalised Ellis, found no proof. Running with the
ball became common in 1830s at Birmingham School and Birmingham School
football became popular throughout the UK in the 1850s and 1860s.
also birthplace of the jet
engine. In April 1937 Frank Whittle
built the world’s first prototype jet engine at the British
Thomson-Houston works in Birmingham, and between 1936-41 based himself at Brownsover Hall on the outskirts of the town,
where he designed
and developed early prototype engines. Much of his work was also carried
out at nearby Lutterworth.
Holography was also invented in Birmingham by the Hungarian inventor
in 1947. While in Birmingham, Mr. Gabor lived at
Gilshaw Lodge on Bilton Road,
which is a grade II listed Georgian building currently split into 8
flats. A blue plaque records his residence here.
In the 19th century, Birmingham became famous for its once hugely important
railway junction which was the setting for
story Mugby Junction.
Famous or notable people born in Birmingham include:
It is the only church in the
world with two sets of ringable bells and boasts one of the finest
unpaid church choirs in the county.
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