The Rookeries

B2 - Grid reference SP068867

A Rookery. Photograph by amandabhslater, Amanda Slater on flickr reusable under Creative Commons Licence: Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic. See Acknowledgements for a link to the flickr website.
A Rookery. Photograph by amandabhslater, Amanda Slater on flickr reusable under Creative Commons Licence: Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic. See Acknowledgements for a link to the flickr website.

 

 

 

Part of the district known as the Froggery in the town centre of Birmingham. In ornithological terms a rookery is the nesting place of rooks usually in a group of tall trees. There may be dozens of untidy nests. Rookeries are distinguished at dawn and dusk by the continuous unpleasant cawing of many individuals.


The term was used colloquially in the 19th century of dilapidated tenements and slum dwellings, the haunts of thieves and crooks.

 

William Dargue 14.03.09

 

 

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For 19th-century Ordnance Survey maps of Birmingham go to British History Online.

See http://www.british-history.ac.uk/mapsheet.aspx?compid=55193&sheetid=10098&zm=1&x=426&y=225&ox=1511&oy=2159