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20th century | Quinton local history | Birmingham City Council

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20th century

Quinton was not part of Birmingham in 1900, but work, services and transport, tied the population to Birmingham. On 9th November 1909, Quinton became part of Birmingham.

In a speech, the Lord Mayor, Sir George Kendrick said that Quinton had "green fields and tree-clad hills" everywhere. However, this was soon about to change! Only residential homes were planned for the area. This was due to the gentry of Edgbaston not wanting unpleasant odours from factories reaching them, as the wind blew from Quinton to Edgbaston!

During the mid-1900s lots of housing developments started as the city expanded outwards. 366 homes were built on the Tennal Hall Estate on the Harborne border. A further 525 were built to the south and to the west there were 828.

Between 1945 and 1957, 737 homes were built on the Quinton Estate. Quinton's "green fields and tree clad hills" were becoming less and less.

The landscape of Quinton changed drastically in the 1960s when the M5 motorway and the feeder road, the Quinton Expressway, ploughed a great gash through the area. Work started in 1964 and 30 houses were demolished. The Quinton section was completed between 1967 and 1970 and is mostly sunken, so it can't be seen from the old village. Where once there was the sound of nail bashing there was now the roar of motorway traffic!