Ten miles south of Birmingham, the village of Barnt Green combines a rural setting and surroundings with excellent transport links and a swift and easy journey to the city or Bromsgrove or Worcester to the south. Strictly speaking the village lies within the county of Worcestershire despite its proximity to the second city. The nearest villages to Barnt Green include Alvechurch, Hopwood, and Marlbrook along the southern outskirts of Birmingham.
Barnt Green developed as a village with the coming of the railway during the later years of the 19th century, before growing to its present size in the period between the two world wars as a favourite of commuters who travelled to the nearby manufacturing centre of Birmingham as the automotive industry, in particular, grew.
To the immediate north of Barnt Green lies the Lickey Hills Country Park which was gifted to the people of Birmingham in 1888, and a centre of interest for geologists, nature enthusiasts, and those seeking rare flora and fauna. There is also a golf course within the park. The area is also of note to literature enthusiasts – the author J.R.R.Tolkien lived briefly in nearby Rednal and spent time wandering the Lickey Hills and the celebrated travel writer Bruce Chatwin grew up on a smallholding in Barnt Green.
The Lickey Hills separate Barnt Green and the rural surroundings of north Worcestershire from the southern suburbs of Birmingham. Nearby the M5 and the M42 provide easy links to Worcester and Bromsgrove to the south and to Redditch, Solihull, Kidderminster and Stourbridge to the east and west. The village is only a few minutes’ drive from junction 2 of the M42 which provides access to the Birmingham Road running north. It is only 25 minutes from Barnt Green railway station in the centre of the village to the commercial and business centre of Birmingham, and one hours’ journey to Worcester.
The village is also home to a primary school – St Andrew’s on Howell Road – and is the home to various sports clubs and groups. Barnt Green Cricket Club is one of the leading cricket clubs in the Midlands area. The club run six senior teams as well as junior sides, with the first XI playing in the Birmingham and District Premier League and previously captained by current Warwickshire coach Dougie Brown. There is also a sailing and fishing club based on Upper Bittell Reservoir just to the north of the village.
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