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Sepia Carte-de-Viste Photograph - Jacob Wilson (1799-1882), Birmingham Town Crier

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1983F379
Collection:Social History
Date:1845 c - 1882 c

Maker Information

Photographer:H J Whitlock - View biography for H J Whitlock


Jacob Wilson was the last town crier of Birmingham from 1827 to 1879. His father and grandfather had also been town criers. The town crier announced lost property or advertised goods as well as carrying out official functions like publicly announcing council decisions. He most important duties were to announce the opening of the Whitsuntide and Michaelmas fairs and to proclaim the results of parliamentary elections. When crying official notices, he wore his complete livery. He began such messages with 'Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!' and ended them by removing his hat, placing it under his arm and crying 'God save the Queen and all the inhabitants!'. BM&AG cares for several of his objects including his staves and pistol.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Brown carte-de-viste photograph.
Place of Origin:Birmingham

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Height:10.3 cm
Width:6.2 cm