Birmingham City Council

Castle Square

Castle Square

Castle Square - The main local shopping centre and the heart of the estate

Origins:

"Weoley Castle Estate accommodates 2718 houses, together with central and other shopping areas, etc. The central shopping area is planned to contain also the civic buildings required in connection with a community of this size. (Extract from Stanley Gale: Modern housing estates, 1949).

At the heart of the estate where two main estate roads intersect, an attempt has been made to provide a small civic centre, with shops, bank and public buildings, etc.(Extract from estate leaflet issued by Birmingham City Council, 1950)

Weoley Castle, Birmingham's inter-war show estate, has by modern standards, misfired. The central shopping centre, breaking todays planning rules, is the traffic hub of the district. Its huge island, reputedly the second biggest in the city, is surrounded by shops, but shoppers have to cross the main estate roads which converge on the square. The island, no doubt intended as an urban village green, is now cluttered with after-the-war prefabs. But despite traffic hazards, the misnamed 'square' is a busy hive of shoppers, who can find there everything but pubs. (Extract from article in Birmingham Planet, 2 July 1964).