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4-5: Edgbaston 6-7: Hall Green 8-9: Erdington 10-11: Hodge Hill 12-13: Ladywood 14-15: Northfield 16-17: Perry Barr 18-19: Selly Oak 20-21: Sutton Coldfield 22-23: Yardley



Towers in Edgbaston gave jr tolkien his ideas for the twin towers.










J.R.R. Tolkien went on to write some of the most popular and best known books in the world, and he is best remembered for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien himself admitted that some of the places he had grown up around in Birmingham had influenced his writings a great deal. Many of these places still exist today.

Sarehole Mill is one of only two surviving working watermills in Birmingham. The existing building was constructed around 1750, although there was known to be a mill here as early as the Tudor period. Today the mill is best know for its association with the author JRR Tolkien who spent part of his childhood nearby and who used the site and its surroundings as the inspiration for the Shire in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Sarehole Mill was a childhood haunt of celebrated author JRR Tolkien. Born in South Africa in 1892, his family moved to Birmingham in 1896 and lived close to the mill for four years. Tolkien and his brother spent many hours playing around the mill. This and other local settings such as the Moseley Bog provided inspiration for ‘Hobbitton’ and ‘The Shire’ in his books The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Tolkien contributed to the restoration of the Mill in the 1960s. JRR Tolkien was not, as many people think, Birmingham born and bred. He was born in Bloemfontein, in South Africa on 3rd January 1892. Christened John Ronald Reuel, he was called Ronald by the family.

When Tolkien refers to a ‘great mill’ in The Hobbit he was probably remembering Sarehole Mill on the River Cole. From 5 Gracewell the boys and their mother could look across the water-meadow to the mill. Tolkien mentioned the miller and his son, George Andrew senior and junior, in the Foreword to The Lord of the Rings. It is perhaps understandable that the miller shouted at him and his younger brother when they played in the mill-yard, as they were very small and there was dangerous machinery there!

Hodge Hill Common. This is a precious piece of undeveloped land around the junction of the Coleshill Road and Bromford Road. Hodge is probably the family name of a medieval landowner, but this was also a by-name of Roger, used as a patronising nickname for an agricultural labourer, ie. ‘a country bumpkin’.

The name Hodge Hill may have applied as much to the route across the common as to the hill itself and it could equally have referred to the Coleshill Road or to Bromford Road, both locally important through-routes from medieval times.

Ladywood is full of flats and apartments, either tower blocks or newly built high class apartments for the city workers. Ladywood is very close to Birmingham’s Broad St in the centre of the city and the National Indoor Arena and Broadway Plaza, so it’s not one of the quietest areas in Birmingham.

A lucky lottery player is sitting on a £12 million jackpot – and doesn’t even know it. And if the winner doesn’t claim the windfall by November 27, he or she will miss out on the fortune completely. The winning ticket was bought in Ladywood, one of Birmingham’s poorest areas, ahead of the May 31 EuroMillions draw. The draw included a special raffle prize of £1 million every month for a year.

St. Modwen recently submitted planning applications, including three new residential developments at Lickey Road and Low Hill Lane and a specialist construction centre for Bournville College. Mike Murray, senior development surveyor at St Modwen, said: “With 24 shops and restaurants, in addition to new office accommodation, education facilities, employment and nearby residential development, we are looking forward to welcoming new tenants to Longbridge.”

A new pub in south Birmingham acknowledging the area’s car manufacturing heritage is to create 50 jobs. The Cambridge is due to open on November 11 in the regenerated Longbridge town centre, named after the Austin Cambridge. The new pub, part of the Hungry Horse chain, owned by brewer Greene King, has signed a 25-year lease on a 6,000 sq ft premises overlooking Austin Park and the River Read.


The area was once home to the largest car plant in the world, employing around 250,000 workers in its 60s heyday. Since the collapse of MG Rover in 2005 a large part of the site has been regenerated for commercial and residential usage by Birmingham developer St Modwen and the remaining 69 acres are owned by Chinese automotive manufacturer SAIC.

Soho House Soho house was the home of industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton from 1766 to 1809; it’s been restored to the fashions and tastes of the late Georgian period and has many items of Boultons own furniture. The area Handsworth developed into the modern world by the industrial pioneer who made the area famous. With many handsworth street names such as Factory Road, Boulton Road, Park Road, Soho Road, and Watt Street remind us of the industrial pioneer work and legacy. Matthew Boulton was also the founding member of the Lunar Society during the late 1750s. This was a group who met every month on the night of the moon at Soho house to dine in the lunar room and to conduct experiments, discuss philosophical matters of the day.

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Bournville is a model village on the south side of Birmingham. The area thanks to the hard work and dedication of George Cadbury is considered as one of the most looked after and preserved areas in Birmingham After John Cadbury’s death during 1861 full responsibility was given to his two sons, Richard Cadbury and George Cadbury. Together the two built an empire after the factory was moved from the busy streets of bull street to the quiet plain lands of Bournville. Thus the name was born ‘ The Factory In The Garden’. Due to their strong quaker background and ethics I interviewed a worker, John Murphy who commuted from ireland to Birmingham during the 80’s and has been a factory worker at Cadbury for a quarter of a centry. He expressed how the work of George Cadbury still reflects the Bournville of today. He also expressed that the mass population living in the Bournville area when he first moved were eldery people but as the decades have gone a lot more people in their 30’s reside in the area. The main noticable change for him is that the area is becoming more industrial and modernised which is expected as we inch further and further into the modern era of business.


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M M Oo Ss Ee Ll e Ey Y It’s acknowledged for its traditional herb garden and orchard a port for butterflies and birds And with 400-year-old wall decorations in the Painted Chamber the most spectacular item in Blakesely hall is.The Long Table in the Great Hall – an original piece of furniture listed in the 1684 inventory of the house this one is hidden away, this time in Yardley. Out into the beautiful herb garden, you see the magnificence of this timber framed house. The property is mostly low ceilings, as it would have been 400 years ago and one of the great piecesto look out for is the long table, built they say in 1684.

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