Meriden

Meriden is a large village at the centre of what is known as the Meriden Gap, an area of largely rural land between the cities of Birmingham and Coventry. The village forms part of the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull so is part of the West Midlands rather than Warwickshire. The local properties range from large, historic period houses to more modern detached and semi-detached homes. There are still many timber-framed cottages in the village and on the village green stands a medieval cross that is said to mark the very centre of England.

To the immediate south and south-west of Meriden lie the attractive villages of Berkswell and Hampton-in-Arden, whilst to the north are Fillongley and Coleshill. The town of Solihull is to the immediate west and beyond that the south-eastern suburbs of Birmingham. The excellent transport connections make Meriden popular with professionals who commute to Birmingham, Coventry, and south Warwickshire.

The village sits on the A45 Birmingham to Coventry road that takes commuters straight into the centre of Birmingham. Just a few minutes’ drive from the village brings motorists to Junction 6 of the M42. From there it is a quick journey to connect with the M6 heading north, or the M40 heading southwards to London. The A452 also runs nearby and provides access to the towns of Kenilworth, Leamington, and Warwick.

Birmingham International Airport is also only a few minutes’ drive away on the eastern edge of Solihull, along with the NEC, Blythe Valley Business Park and the main Birmingham Business Park. There is no railway station in Meriden village, though there are in both Berkswell and Hampton-in-Arden. From these stations it is a journey of just over a quarter of an hour to the centre of Birmingham and ten minutes to Coventry.

There have been people working the land at Meriden since the Iron Age, though during the Middle Ages the village was known as Alspath with the name Meriden only coming into use in the 17th century. The original church in the village was built by Lady Godiva, the wife of the earl of Mercia in the Anglo-Saxon age. Until the 1980s Meriden was the home of Triumph motorcycles, with the site of the old factory now being a residential development where the roads are named after famous types of motorcycle.

Meriden is home to one of the most historic archery grounds in England. There are also local football, cricket and rugby clubs in Meriden and the surrounding villages.

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