Coleshill is a small market town in north Warwickshire to the east of the city of Birmingham. Residents of the historic town enjoy excellent transport links with nearby motorways providing swift access to both north and south Birmingham, and with Birmingham International Airport being just a few minutes’ drive away. Coleshill is situated on the eastern side of the M42 and the A446 – north of the town lies the small town of Water Orton and to the south is the Chelmsley Wood area in the northern tip of the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull. West of Coleshill are the areas of Kingshurst and Fordbridge and to the east is largely open countryside before the village of Fillongley.
The close motorway links are ideal for those working in Solihull, central Birmingham, Lichfield, Coventry and Nuneaton. The M42 connects to the M6 just to the south of Coleshill to run straight into the centre of Birmingham or in the opposite direction takes drivers towards Nuneaton and Bedworth, whilst the M42 heading south provides access to the Airport, NEC, Birmingham Business Park, and the M40 to London. Coleshill Parkway railway station is in the north of the town and provides commuters or shoppers connections to Birmingham City Centre with a journey time of no more than fifteen minutes and to Nuneaton in twenty minutes. There is also a station at nearby Water Orton on the same line.
The settlement at Coleshill is believed to date all the way back to the Iron Age. During the Middle Ages the town was known for its market in the area known today as Church Hill. The church at Coleshill dates from this period as is one of the finest architecturally in the Midlands, with one of the tallest spires in the region. The old town stocks and whipping post still stand on Church Hill. In the course of the 18th century Coleshill grew as a staging post on the coach road between London and Chester, with many local inns having their roots in this period.
Today there are many independent shops on the High Street selling food, coffee, cloths, and antiques as well as there being Tesco and Morrisons stores in Coleshill. There is a park and leisure centre in Coleshill, and the cricket club play in the shadow of the church spire. Maxstoke Golf Course is just east of the town. There are several schools in the town, including Coleshill Church of England Primary School and the Coleshill School, an academy on the Coventry Road that has its roots in the 16th century Coleshill Grammar School.