In inspecting them, the Chinese delegation watched with interest as the forgeman swung himself about in front of his anvil, "as he regulated the falling blows of the heavy tilt hammers
. The thunder of the blows of these hammers, the shaking of the ground, the flying sparks as the hammers dropped on the red-hot metal, the bare-breasted, black-faced workmen, and the crowds of lads on all sides, made up a scene of the most curious but interesting nature".
Mr Hussain and his brother Aslam Abbas, owners of the Karachi Fried Chicken restaurant, in Highgate Road, Sparkhill, bought the Tilt Hammer site for pounds 100,000 in 2001.
Mr Hussain said he had received offers for the Tilt Hammer from traders in Alum Rock Road, but had rejected them.
Ms Short has written to the city council's planning department to ask if anything can be done to speed up the process of developing the Tilt Hammer site.
The former Tilt Hammer pub in Saltley Gate, which has stood empty for six years
The former Tilt Hammer
Inn on Alum Rock Road, Saltley; ACTION PLEA...
If today's Greens had been around then the tilt hammers
of the steel industry and the power looms and spinning frames of textiles would have been powered - intermittently - by wind.