As Gooch Street in Birmingham figured quiet significantly in the Teiger family, I thought I would find out what information I could about the area and the people who lived there. The family seem to have started out living at 82 before moving to 81 Gooch Street where they were in residence for a very long time.
Click here to see the site of 81 Gooch Street today! (the red box in the centre of the map).
How did Gooch Street get it’s name?
“Formerly part of the medieval de Birmingham’s Holme Park was inherited by Sir Thomas Gooch from his speculative uncle, Thomas Sherlock. When Gooch began to develop the land for building from 1766 he used his own family name and that of his uncle in nearby Sherlock Street. Thomas Sherlock was Dean of Chichester hence Dean Street, Bishop of Bangor and later Bishop of London, hence Bishop Street. Vere Street and Hope Street commemorate Harriet Hope Vere who married Sir Edward Sherlock Gooch 1839″….© William Dargue 2008 A History of Birmingham Places & Placenames . . . from A to Y,
The Gooch family list of Baronets can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gooch_Baronets
Illustrious beginnings then!
I’ve searched the British News Archive website of fabulous old newspapers for any mentions of Gooch Street through the ages. There were quite a few so the below are “just a taster” of the people and their lives in Gooch Street.
Now you may think that Gooch Street was rife with crime and unhappy events after reading these clippings but, newspapers being newspapers, they would have published stories that gained them more readers and sold more newspapers!
I also came across these interesting photographs of Gooch Street on the Digital Balsall Heath website and Chris very kindly said I could reproduce them. Take a look at their website, they have lots more photos. (Source: Balsall Heath Local History Society; Sutton, Chris)
It still amazes me today how much information is out there on the internet if you have the time to look.