Edgbaston: a local guide

Famous for its world-class cricket grounds, Edgbaston is an attractive and sought-after area of Birmingham. Stationed to the South West of the city centre, the leafy surrounds are home to the University of Birmingham, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and a number of outstanding secondary schools.

History:

The name Edgbaston comes from Old English meaning “village of a man called Ecgbald”. In the 19th century, the Gough-Calthorpe family, who controlled the area, refused to allow factories or warehouses to be built in Edgbaston, hence why the area contains a rich variety of green spaces and is an attractive location for residents.

Education:

Edgbaston is home to the main campus of the University of Birmingham, with the Joseph Chamberlain memorial Clock Tower at its centre. There are a collection of secondary schools with excellent reputations, including Edgbaston High School for Girls, St Paul’s School for Girls, St George’s School, King Edward’s School, King Edward VI High School for Girls and Priory School. Prominent primary schools, such as West House School and the Birmingham Blue Coat School, are located in the area, whilst the Elmhurst School for Dance relocated to a splendid new building in Edgbaston in 2004.

Transport:

Situated close to the city centre, Edgbaston is served by two railway stations (University station and Five Ways railway station) and a busy bus route on the A38.

Sport:

Warwickshire County Cricket Club is based at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground, hosting regular county matches, as well as the England cricket team during one-day internationals and test matches. The distinguished Edgbaston Priory Club hosts the Aegon Classic Birmingham every year whilst the oldest lawn tennis club in the world, the Edgbaston Archery and Lawn Tennis Society, and the members-only Edgbaston Golf Club, are both situated nearby.

Literature:

JRR Tolkien lived in Edgbaston as a teenager, and the two towers of Edgbaston, Perrott’s Folly and the Waterworks Tower, are said to have provided inspiration for The Lord of the Rings.

Nature:

There are three beautiful public gardens within Edgbaston: the Birmingham Botanic Gardens, the University of Birmingham Winterbourne Botanic Garden and Martineau Gardens.

Politics:

Birmingham Edgbaston is a constituency and its Member of Parliament is Labour’s Gisele Stuart. Previous MPs include Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who was born in Edgbaston.

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