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Selly Park: A Local Guide

A leafy suburb of open spaces, quiet cul-de-sacs and spacious residential properties, Selly Park lies to the southwest of Birmingham.


Selly Park takes its name from the park and estate of Selly Hall, a Tudor-style 19th century red brick stately home, which was sold to the Roman Catholic Church in 1864. Selly Park was developed in the parkland surrounding Selly Hall whilst the land to the west of the Pershore Road was developed in the nineteenth century, with roomy plots and tree-lined streets aimed at the middle and upper classes.


There are a number of religious establishments, including two Catholic Churches, St Paul’s Convent and Chapel and St Edward’s Church, and three Protestant Churches, St Stephen’s Church, Christ Church and Selly Park Baptist Church.


Selly Park has a range of wonderful local parks, with green open spaces, play areas and duck lakes, including Selly Park Recreation Ground; a popular location for students with its own ‘outdoor gym.’


The BBC’s Pebble Mill Studios were originally based in Selly Park, and W H Auden briefly lived in the grounds of Selly Wick House.


The long-established and popular Selly Park Technology College is the only secondary school located in the suburb.


Northern Irish professional snooker player, Alex Higgins, won his first snooker World Championship in 1972 at the British Legion Club in Selly Oak.

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