According to Professor Carl Chinn, a Birmingham-based historian is pleased to say that the programme has brought his beloved hometown into the spotlight. He researched many myths regarding the Peaky Blinders.
- The gang used sewn-in razor’s blades. FALSE!
- There isn’t evidence to conduct that would say they use razor blades. It would be tough to get direction and power with a razor blade sewn into the soft part of a cap.
- Razor blades at the time were much too expensive for the Peaky Blinders to use. True.
- Peaky Blinders were started in the 1920s. FALSE.
- It started in the 1890s.
- The gang called operated in Birmingham. TRUE.
- Became the most feared and notorious gangs in the country. TRUE.
- Is Tommy Shelby real? FALSE.
- Billy Kimber was the leader of the gang. TRUE.
Continuing of the facts
- A large pre-war gang followed the Peaky Blinders called the Brummagem Boys – a loose collection of pick-pockets, racecourse thieves, and pests who were gaining a lot of power.
- By the 1920s, a group called The Birmingham Gang emerged – many members of which were from the Brummagem Boys.
- A small group of fledgling Peakies amid the squalor of Clyde Street.
- One of the first reported slogs was in 1870 and involved the lads from Barford Street.
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