Petition to Queen Victoria from the mayor, aldermen and burgesses
of the Borough of Birmingham asking her to confer city status. Over
the past 50 years the population of Birmingham had more than doubled,
making it the second largest town in England and the largest borough
that was not yet a city.
Catalogue reference: HO 45/9799/B5306/3 (February 1889)
By kind permission of Birmingham City Council