Tuesday, 18 May 2021

West Midlands Places (5) : Erdington

Erdington is nowadays a suburb of Birmingham though the village has existed from Saxon times and was listed in the Domesday Book as Hardintone. Erdington was mostly arable farmland with a mill at the bottom of a hill where the river Tame flowed at Bromford.

Erdington Hall manor house was also next to the Tame, the river used as part of it's defences. The manor house was demolished in the 17th century. The parish church of St Barnabas dates from 1822.

Erdington remained a rural farming village until the arrival of transport links including a turnpike road, the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal and the railways, Erdington and Gravelly Hill being two railway stations in the Erdington area. Erdington gained a number of industrial works including Fort Dunlop, once the largest tyre factory in the British Commonwealth.