Tuesday, 20 April 2021

West Midlands Places (1) : Hampton in Arden

Hampton in Arden, lying between Solihull and Coventry and being close to Birmingham Airport, was part of Warwickshire until 1974. Hampton in Arden was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Hantone, which has possible Saxon origins.

Hampton in Arden was on the salt route between Droitwich and Coventry as well as being a settlement in the Forest of Arden. The lands were owned by the Crown several times during the Middle Ages. By the 19th century the manor was held by Sir Robert Peel. His son had the current manor house built as well as rebuilding a number of village homes.

Hampton in Arden's parish church is St Mary and St Bartholomew which dates from the 12th century. Hampton in Arden railway station was the original station for Birmingham Airport (and had suitably long platforms for express services) before the opening of Birmingham International in the 1970s.