The development of Birmingham into a significant urban and commercial centre began in 1166, when the Lord of the Manor Peter de Bermingham obtained a charter to hold a market at his castle, and followed this with the creation of a planned market town and seigneurial borough within his demesne or manorial estate, around the site that became the Bull Ring.
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.
Stop being busy, take time to listen to each other and build your memories now.'This Christmas, Marie Curie will be supporting over 2,700 people living with a terminal illness.
Like Sheri, for many this may be their last Christmas with their loved ones.
But she has said she is prepared for it not to go to plan.
Birmingham's distinctive economic profile, with thousands of small workshops practising a wide variety of specialised and highly skilled trades, encouraged exceptional levels of creativity and innovation and provided a diverse and resilient economic base for industrial prosperity that was to last into the final quarter of the 20th century.
These trading links gave Birmingham's metalworkers access to much wider markets, allowing them to diversify away from lower-skilled trades producing basic goods for local sale, towards a broader range of specialist, higher-skilled and more lucrative activities.
By the time of the English Civil War Birmingham's booming economy, its expanding population, and its resulting high levels of social mobility and cultural pluralism, had seen it develop new social structures very different from those of more established areas.
If unable to do that, my family will come to me here at the hospice and we will try to re-create Christmas here.' 'My faith and belief in God gives me peace, comfort and hope.
Nobody can tell me when I’m going to die, only God can control this.' Being ill has made Sheri realise the importance of things that others may take for granted, she said: ' This is the biggest lesson that I ask everyone to take from me.
The area of modern Birmingham lay in between, on the upland Birmingham Plateau and within the densely wooded and sparsely populated Forest of Arden.