The Jewish Quarter

Report by young people from George Dixon Academy

In the nineteenth century, the area around Inge Street and Hurst Street became known as 'Little Jerusalem' because of the number of Jewish people living there.

We found out about Harry Cohen, who had a shop in Inge Street, and who used to press the suits for the stars who appeared at the Hippodrome Theatre.

The photo, above, shows Harry outside his shop, with Barney Sharpe, who had a boarding house in Hurst Street, catering for theatre people. 

Rose Harris, Harry Cohen's granddaughter, used to go to his shop nearly every Saturday. This is how she remembered it: 'People would come into Harry's shop, go upstairs, throw down the trousers for a new zip, shortening, narrowing etc, then get it back. He had five big steam irons, two Singer tread sewing machine. He did not like electric machines. He hardly ever used a tape measure . . . I had to take many freshly pressed suits to the stage door of the Hippodrome in Inge Street and met many stars - Ken Dodd, Morecambe and Wise, Tom Jones, the Beatles. Best of all in his star dressing room was my pop idol, Sir Cliff Richard. Had a coke with him and the Shadows.'

We met Lionel Singer and Anthony Joseph and talked to them about their memories of growing up in Birmingham.

To return to the main 'Lost Communities' webpage, click here.

With thanks to Carl Chinn

 

Project group: Husnehn Ahmed, Ahmad Ali, Mohammed Amaan, Mohammed Asim, Samar Awadh, Sundus Barkhadle, Shamima Begum, Tahirah Brou-Martin, Cherayah Clarke-Shaw, Ruhaan Ghani, Husnen Hanif, Rayano Haynes, Aaliyah Hussain, Usama Isse, Mohammed Junaid, Rafina Kauser, Louis Landucci, Bilaal Mahmood, Munasar Muhidin, Mohammed Omer, Humza Rafaqat, Aysha Seif, Atiya Williams, Teddy Adam, Tasnima Akhtar, Aisha Ali, Shahima Ali, Ghislaine Angoulangouli, Akash Arif, Willohe Sita Barber, Sumyea Begum, Rajpal Bhogal, Rudar Dassaur, Harjot Dhillon, Catrina Duarte Mineiro, Danial Hussain, Sana Hussain, Suzana Kotlarova, Nawal Mayow, Farrah Omer, Ibrahim Osman, Ashanti Reeves, Naomi Reynolds. Ekta Sidhu, Vanesa Sipavicute, Oceanna Watson-Jarrett, Deneth Weerasinghe, Jessica Whittear-Agard

School liaison (for George Dixon Academy): J. Llewellyn, G. Pearce, T. Mann

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