Selly Oak: a local guide
The lively suburb of Selly Oak, which houses a mixture of families, pensioners and a large student population, is bursting with history and has a great community spirit.
The name ‘Selly’ derives from ‘scelf-lei’ or shelf-meadow, meaning a pasture of land on a shelf or terrace. The ‘oak’ part of the name comes from a remarkable oak tree that stood at the crossroads of the Bristol Road and Oak Tree Lane/ Harborne Lane. There is a plaque above one of the nearby shops with a date of 1880, announcing it to be “Oak Tree Place.” The tree was felled in 1909 due to safety concerns; its remains were removed to Selly Oak Park, where it still exists today.