This is an old trade, employing some 6,000 persons, the larger number being women and children. It is an interesting manufacture, and may be seen to perfection in many works. Visitors will see all they can desire either at player Bros., Newhall Street; Hammond, Turner & Son’s, Snow Hill; Green, Cadbury and Richards’s, Great Hampton Street; W. Aston’s, Princip Street; Smith & Wright’s, Brearley Street; Harrison & Smith’s, Alma Street; and Watts & Manton’s, Clissold Street.
Source: The Foresters’ Guide to Birmingham and Its Neighbourhood. Presented by the Demonstration Committee to the Delegates In High Court Meeting, Assembled in Birmingham, August, 1883.Specially Prepared For the Occasion by John Alfred Langford, LL.D; F.R.H.S. Birmingham: James Upton, Baskerville Printing Works, Great Charles Street. 1883