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King's Heath

King’s Heath was originally part of King’s Norton, Worcestershire, becoming a separate parish in 1863. When Birmingham extended its boundaries in 1911 it took both parishes in as part of the Greater Birmingham Scheme.


The Society

King's Heath Local History Society meets in the community centre on Heathfield Road on the third Wednesday of each month (excluding July and August), starting at 7.15pm and ending by 8.45pm.

Membership of the society is £15.00 per year. Visitors pay £3.00 per meeting.

Light refreshments are available at meetings for a small charge.


Forthcoming Events

November 18th "King's Heath buidings and businesses" by the committee.

December 16th AGM and Christmas social evening with a chance to view some of our recently acquired material.



February 17th "Allotments." A history by Steve Hubbard.

March 16th "Trams to Trenches" by Doug Smith.

April 20th "Buses and trams in King's Heath" by Barry Maddocks.

May 18th "Billesley Common" by Bob Blackham.

June 19th Billesley Common and the Haunch Brook circular walk.

September 21st "1916 - The war and its effects in King's Heath" by Bob Blackham.

October 19th "Dying to Impress." Funeral practices in Birmingham by Jan Pick and Gail Pittaway.

November 16th "Fowler's Dairy, Haunch Lane." A history by David Fowler.

December 21st AGM and Christmas social evening with raffle and quiz.


New on the site J. R. R. Tolkien makes an appearance as a "famous King's Heathen" and some new publications have been added to the "booklets" page. One recounts World War Two memories compiled by Margaret Shepherd and the other two are about gentelmen's outfitters and are written by Diane Hirst. The first of these concerns the family business - Hirst and Sons - and the second is a history of the Phillip Collier shops which started on the High Street.


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