Harborne today is a west Birmingham suburb, yet older residents still talk of going down to the village to the shops. Everywhere there are reminders of its rural heritage, from the wide, open sweep of the golf courses to the 'old village' conservation area, with its ancient hall, stately 18th century house, cottages and village pub. Though the High Street may now be thronged with traffic, the parish church, with its 14th century tower, retains a peaceful, rural air.
Harborne was first mentioned in the Doomsday Book in 1086. It remained a small village on the borders of Staffordshire, until the Industrial Revolution. The growth of its neighbour, Birmingham, into a major City had far reaching effects, culminating in the then village becoming part of the second city in 1891.
Former home to, amongst others, Chad Valley toys, famous watercolour artist David Cox and Thomas Attwood, the city's first MP, Harborne is now one of Birmingham's most desirable places to live. A thriving and unique suburb, the area still manages to retain its Victorian heritage.
For more information on the History of Harborne see Harborne High Street Landmarks.
Harborne Ward Committee meetings
Contact for meeting arrangements:
Errol Wilson, Area Democratic Services Officer.
Tel: 0121 675 0955 or 0121 303 4772.