Visit Old Birmingham Pictures (Post your pictures!) and A History of Birmingham Churches . . . from A to Ynot complete, but worth a look. I'm also setting up  'Birmingham History', 

(at the moment largely about Castle Bromwich) kindly sponsored by Halls Garden Centre the beneficiary being the Castle Bromwich Bell Restoration Project

A History of BIRMINGHAM Places & Placenames . . . from A to Y

From Acoks Green to the Yenton, from Ashstead to Gyrdleahe, from Hasfurlong to Yorks Wood, here is the story of Birmingham's places and placenames from A to Y, many of them dating back over a thousand years. Here are their meanings and a history of their localities. There are suggested places to visit and sights to see, historical overviews, a glossary with local examples and a very extensive list of weblinks.

William Hutton 1723-1815 Birmingham's first historian by Peter Hollins, Ward End Church
William Hutton 1723-1815 Birmingham's first historian by Peter Hollins, Ward End Church
Get Driving Directions


All pages have interactive Google Maps with Street View. If you lose the original focus of the map, press function key F5 on your keyboard to refresh. The map will recentre on its original location. This map will give driving directions to Birmingham City Centre. Press F5 to clear.

Many pages link to the 1921 Ordnance Survey Popular Edition maps on Andrew Rowbottom's Old Ordnance Survey Maps website.

For a map showing sites listed in the Birmingham Historic Environment Record see the City Council's Archaeology in Birmingham page -

Apology - I must apologise for the number of broken links on the Weblinks pages.   
At the moment I just haven't the time to check them all. Sorry - Bill Dargue


Take a look at - OUTSTANDING!

Keeping the Past in the Present


‘The Historical Gazetteer of England's Place-Names’ aims to associate disparate content through place - everything happens somewhere, after all - and to facilitate accurate searches across resources.

The Gazetteer’s historical place-name forms add chronological depth to the mix. These have been collected over the last ninety years as part of the English Place-Name Society’s Survey of English Place-Names. The Gazetteer brings the four million+ place-name forms of the Survey, including those for hamlets, fields, and streets, into the digital realm, heralding a new era of chronological depth and spatial granularity in gazetteer provision. This is a partnership of Queen's University Belfast, the University of Nottingham, the University of Edinburgh and King's College London.


A great way to see the City! - Get Walking Keep Walking is a Ramblers project with some 50 Birmingham walks each with a downloadable route card - There is a map with very clear instructions and information about things to look out for en route of geographical and historical interest. Or you can join Ramblers volunteers and be taken for a walk. See also Ted & Jen's GWKW routes and pictures on flickr -


You might also be interested in Roy Watson's Birmingham Cycling Greenways website. This is not a history site, but it definitely has historical leanings -