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Industry, which in the 17th century was the predominant factor in Birmingham's prosperity, was already important in the 16th.

At all events as the 16th century progressed we find an increasing concentration of metalworkers around Birmingham. 27) -so he may have made other things besides nails.

The pure gold foil artifacts were each meticulously tacked with tiny golden nails that covered the now perished wooden rhinos and elephants.

The findings not only provided evidence of early gold smelting in southern Africa, but of the extensive wealth and social differentiation of the people of Mapungubwe.

Although the University of Pretoria excavated the site ever since 1932 it was kept top secret.

Greefswald was bought by the government of the day.

What has been attempted here is an analysis of the principal features of Birmingham's industrial growth at various times within the period, and some guide to the literature on the subject. 2) In the case of many industries a division between Birmingham and the Black Country is, of course, entirely artificial, and to understand these reference should be made to the works of G. In that year some of the King family were still fullers, but one at least was an ironmonger, providing iron for smiths and nailers. 7) Roger Pemberton, named in the survey, was a goldsmith manufacturing for a distant market, who married a wife from a family of ironmongers, and himself became ancestor of a rich family of ironmongers. 8) Later in the century when Camden visited the town he found it 'echoing with forges, most of the inhabitants being iron-manufacturers', (fn.

It is not possible here, however, to make a comprehensive survey of all these matters, while to concentrate on large firms only would deflect attention from the smaller undertakings which were the source of the bulk of employment and wealth. So that a great parte of the town is mayntayned by smithes'. 6) By the time of the survey of 1553 the industrial balance had shifted further from leather and cloth to the metal-using occupations.

At least for the later part of this period most trades and workplaces are recorded somewhere, if not in one of the extensive 19thcentury surveys, (fn. In rate books and directories manufacturers' names, too, have probably survived, at least for recent times. Yet at that time the cloth and leather trades were probably still more important than the iron industry. 5) Nevertheless the growing significance of iron manufacture is reflected in his description of the town's cutlers and smiths 'that use to make knives and all maner of cuttynge tooles and many lorimars that make byts, and a great many naylors.

The multiplicity of trades and of factories and workshops makes a minute description of Birmingham's industry difficult. The leather industry may then have been organized for manufacturing and trading purposes, for the merchants and craftsmen possessed a 'leather-hall' and controlled inspecting officers. 3) In 1553 there were at least a dozen tanyards and one Robert Elesmore had rights to a 'water course' which apparently served him to wash the skins he used in his tanner's business. 4) When Leland visited the town in about 1538 he seems to have overlooked the fulling mills and tanneries, noticing only the more obvious shops of the smiths.

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