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Moseley: A Local Guide

A vibrant suburb, with an assortment of pubs, restaurants, boutiques and a glorious monthly Farmers Market, Moseley has an eccentric feel and a glorious community spirit.


Listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Museleie, Moseley developed around a Victorian shopping area known as Moseley Village. From 1910, large properties were built to cater for the Edwardian middle class families. However, heating bills and high maintenance costs made them unpopular after the war and many were split into flats for the working population in the 1960s.

Moseley hall was built in the late 1700s, and was donated in 1891 to the City of Birmingham by Richard Cadbury and now forms part of Moseley Hall Hospital.


Moseley has two secondary schools, Moseley School and Queensbridge School, a number of primary schools, including Moseley C of E Primary School, and a special school, Uffculme School.


Located in Billesley, Moseley Rugby Football Club was one of Europe’s best teams in the late 1960s.


The Bishop of Worcester licensed St Mary’s Church in 1405, with the 600th anniversary celebrated in 2005. St Anne’s Church was opened in 1874.


Moseley has a plethora of pubs and bars, from the award-winning Prince of Wales and its fantastic pub garden to the Fighting Cocks and the live music venue at the Bull’s Head.


Local band Ocean Colour Scene became popular in the mid-1990s, with their most successful album ‘Moseley Shoals’ inspired by the suburb. Moseley is the birthplace of Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran. The community hosts the Moseley Folk Festival and the Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival every summer.


Lords of the Rings author JRR Tolkien spent his early years in Moseley, and drew inspiration from Moseley Bog. Local author Jonathan Coe has drawn on Moseley for inspiration in his books The Rotters Club and The Closed Circle.


Moseley has a great spread of parks and green spaces, including Moseley Park & Pool. Located in the heart of Moseley, Moseley’s ‘private park’ has a beautiful lake, swings and wonderful wildlife.

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