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The history of Edgbaston goes back to the Domesday Book. The Ward contains a wonderful variety of trees, green spaces and gardens. It remains the premier residential district close to the City Centre.
The Ward is an area of great diversity. It contains some of the most desirable housing in the City but also some areas of deprivation. This diversity is also seen in the distribution of wealth, health and other social indicators.
The Edgbaston Conservation Area and the smaller St Augustine's, Lee Crescent and Ryland Road Conservation Areas cover half the land area. The influence of the Calthorpe Estate has been particularly important in preserving the quality and character of the areas to the South of Hagley Road. The area features a unique range of 19th Century domestic architecture from Regency Villas to Gothic piles, many of which are listed.
There is also a wide variety of private and social housing in the rest of the Ward including the Benmore and Woodview Estates which since June 1999 have been managed by Optima, a new registered social landlord.
There are also three sites of nature conservation in the Ward.
The Ward is largely residential with very little manufacturing industry but contains very important service industries, The University of Birmingham, The Queen Elizabeth and other hospitals and many schools. There is a substantial commercial area along Hagley Road and around Five Ways, as well as small local shopping centres.
The Ward includes Warwickshire County Cricket Club, Edgbaston Reservoir and the Botanical Gardens.
Although some parts of the Ward have suffered from social pressures and street crime, the residents' strong sense of community has resisted decline. Birmingham remains unique among our provincial cities in having such a high quality residential area so close to the City Centre.
Edgbaston Ward Committee Meetings
Contact for meeting arrangements:
Errol Wilson, Area Democratic Services Officer.
Tel: 0120 675 0955 or 0121 303 4772. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rail: Five Ways & University Stations (Cross City Line)
For demographic information about the people who live in this Ward, take a look at our population and census pages
Warwickshire County Cricket Club
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Edgbaston Croquet Club