Monday 8 April 2024

West Midlands Places (14) : Elmdon

Elmdon is a village in Solihull, notable for being the location of Birmingham Airport and a Jaguar Land Rover factory.

Elmdon means hill of the elms, the village is listed in the Domesday Book but remained a sparsely populated estate until a turnpike road was built through Elmdon. The centre of Elmdon was near the parish church of St Nicholas, which was built in 1790, and the now lost Elmdon Hall but moved due the turnpike. The hall survived until 1956, though in it's latter years had a variety of uses and occupants including the Home Guard in the Second World War. The hall was demolished and it's lands largely turned into Elmdon Park.

Elmdon Airport was opened in 1939 though quickly became a Royal Air Force airfield due to the war. Post-war it eventually became Birmingham Airport, the old village was demolished during the building of the runway! In 1946 Rover opened a factory in Elmdon, the factory having it's origins in a factory built in preparation for the pending war in the late 1930s, and during the war made aero engines. The factory later became Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull plant and currently makes Range Rovers and the Jaguar F-Pace