Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Warwickshire Places (16) : Middleton

Middleton is a village at the North of Warwickshire not too far from Sutton Coldfield and Tamworth. The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book when it was owned by a Norman overlord called Hugh de Grandmesnil. The manor of Middleton was later owned by the de Freville family and later still the Willughbys including the noted ornithologist William. The owners in the manor lived at Middleton Hall since Norman times though the current house is mostly from later centuries. The house and estate was sold in the 1920s and is now maintained by a charitable trust.

Middleton's parish church dedicated to St John the Bapist dates from the 12th century. Middleton is near a number of leisure places including the Belfry golf club, Drayon Manor theme park and Aston Villa's training ground at Bodymoor Heath. 

When (or if) HS2 is extended North from Birmingham it will pass by very close to the village.