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Overview | Kings Norton local history | Birmingham City Council

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St nicolas church and the saracens head 1959 photograph


Kings Norton has a long and rich history with some evidence to show prehistoric and iron age use of the area. It is during the Anglo-Saxon era that permanent use of Kings Norton is first recorded historically.

In the Doomsday Book the area is called ‘Nortune’ of Bromsgrove and over the next centuries the manor of Kings Norton had many owners and leaseholders until it was separated from Bromsgrove in 1564. It remained a royal manor until 1804.

A large outer suburb of Birmingham, it still retains some of its earlier 'village' character particularly around 'The Green'. A number of buildings of historic interest surround the Green, in particular St Nicolas Church and the Saracen's Head. The church dates back to the 13th century and has an impressive and unusual crocketed spire that is a landmark visible for several miles. St Nicolas Church is a larger church than the neighbouring Norman church in Northfield and shows us that Kings Norton was the richer parish.