Selly Oak : poem

"Birmingham toys, all men praise,

And riches spring daily from Birmingham toys.


Not Europe can match us for traffic,

America, Asia and Afric'.

Of what we invent each partakes of a share,

For the best wrought of metals is Birmingham ware.


Since by the canal navigation,

Of coals we've the best in the Nation,

Around the circle your bumpers then put,

For the cut of all cuts is the Birmingham cut.


Birmingham cut, Birmingham wrought,

For the cut of all cuts is a Birmingham cut." 

Based on a traditional boaters song; ‘toys’ refers to the production of small metal objects such as buckles and buttons.