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Birmingham Back to Backs

Court 15, Inge Street represents one of the last surviving courts of back-to-back houses in Britain. Houses such as these were built literally back-to-back around a communal courtyard. By the 1960s, nearly all of Birmingham’s back to backs had been demolished. Court 15 survived because there was still a role for it: the front houses remained in use as shops, while the back houses became workshops and storage rooms. Access to the inner courtyard from the street was through narrow round-arched passageways. Although Court 15 was built cheaply and quickly – the walls, for example, are only one brick thick – it has features such as lintels over the doors and bay windows at the back which separate Court 15 from less robust courts nearby.

Visitor Information

Address:
55-63 Hurst Street/50-54 Inge Street,
Birmingham,
West Midlands,
England,
B5 4TE

Telephone: 0121 666 7671

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/birmingham-back-to-backs

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Birmingham Back to Backs (Accredited Museum)

This collection has 920 items online

A collection of period furniture and domestic items from the 1840s - 1970s from the lives of some of the former residents (a Jewish Watchmaker and his family, the Oldfield family, the Mitchell family and lastly George Saunders, an immigrant from the West Indies, who opened a tailor's shop).

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