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Harborne: A Local Guide

An affluent Victorian suburb, Harborne sits approximately three miles southwest from Birmingham city centre.



Harborne is heaving with history, from the Anglo-Saxon buildings located around St Peter’s Church to the partial evidence of a Roman fort near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The earliest written mention of Harborne is an entry in the Domesday Book of 1086.



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.


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.



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.


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


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