Harborne and Edgbaston History

Last night I went to a very interesting meeting of the Edgbaston Supper Club at the Eaton Hotel on the Hagley Road. The speaker was Edward Chittham who has written books about local history.

He started off by explaining that the four wards which make up the constituency were once in 4 different counties. Edgbaston was part of Warwickshire, Harborne part of Staffs, Bartley Green part of Worcestershire, and Quinton part of Shropshire.Oct 09 164

Mr Chittham then spoke about four famous people from the area:  two politicians – Thomas Attwood and Neville Chamberlain (who was once Edgbaston’s MP), an artist – David Cox, and a man of the church – Cardinal John Henry Newman.

It was a really interesting speech and a thoroughly enjoyable evening. The picture shows the oldest building in Harborne – the Norman tower of St Peter’s Church.

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