Kings Heath was originally part of Kings 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
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.
November 18th "King's Heath buidings and businesses" by
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
March 16th "Trams to Trenches" by Doug Smith.
April 20th "Buses and trams in King's Heath" by Barry
May 18th "Billesley Common" by Bob Blackham.
June 19th Billesley Common and the Haunch Brook
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.