Edgbaston

Edgbaston has long been one of the most desirable areas of Birmingham. The suburb is known for its leafy streets, excellent schools, parkland and as home to the international sporting venue Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Edgbaston is just south of the centre of Birmingham and is bordered to the east by Balsall Heath, Smethwick to the north-west, Moseley and Stirchley to the south, and the similarly leafy suburb of Harborne to the west.

During the 19th century the area was largely controlled by the Gough-Calthorpe family whose name is commemorated in many of the road-names and parks within Edgbaston. They refused permission for any factory or industrial development within Edgbaston which led to the emergence of the area as a middle and upper-middle class suburb much favoured by those with business interests in the city and many who were engaged in the politics of the city on a regional and national level. Members of the Chamberlain family owned properties in Edgbaston, and along with other wealthy residents poured money into building projects such as the grand Gothic Revival church of St Augustine’s on Lyttleton Road.

The Bristol Road is just to the east of Edgbaston running north-south, with the Hagley Road running east-west through north Edgbaston. Both are main roads that run straight into the city centre or head out of Birmingham. The Pershore Road that heads south to link up with the M42 is also just a moments’ drive from Edgbaston. There is no Edgbaston railway station, though the University Station lies within the suburb, and Five Ways Station is just to the north.

Edgbaston is home to the University of Birmingham, founded in the 19th century, and King Edward’s School and King Edward’s School for Girls, both of which are amongst the leading independent schools in the country. With the area you will also find the Winterbourne Botanic Garden, the Birmingham Botanic Garden, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts with a superb art collection, Edgbaston Cricket Ground, the home to Warwickshire Cricket Club, the Edgbaston Pool site of Special Scientific Interest, and the Priory Club that hosts international tennis tournaments.

The housing types available in Edgbaston are varied. There are Victorian villas, suburban homes built in the 20th century, modern apartment buildings, terraced houses, and Arts and Crafts style homes including Grade One listed home designed by the prominent architect Herbert Tudor Buckland. It is a short drive to the major shopping centres in the city centre, and there is a branch of Tesco Superstore located on the northern side of the Hagley Road next to Five Ways Shopping Centre.

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