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Photographs of Kings Norton
medieval village in Birmingham

about.jpg (130924 bytes)The Green has been the public centre of King's Norton for at least 500 Years. During most of that time the Manor of Kings Norton, extending from Rednal to Balsall Heath, was the property of the King. The 15th Century "Saracen's Head" (next to the churchyard) was once the house of the bailiff, who was responsible for administering justice in the Manor. During the Civil War Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I, spent a night at the house on her journey from Yorkshire to gather troops and rejoin the King at Oxford. Since the 16th century a 'Mop Fair' has been held on the Green, on the first Monday of October. A Mop Fair was a hiring fair where people would go looking for employment, but although no longer used to help employment it is an important event each year with its stalls, fairground attractions and the traditional ox-roast. The Green has also been used for centuries for meetings and markets, and although the area of Kings Norton Parish is now much smaller than in the Middle ages the number of people coming to The Green is vastly greater so please treat it with care 

Restoration winners

Viewers of BBC Two's Restoration programme have voted to save the 15th century school buildings.
The Old Grammar School and Saracen's Head, in Kings Norton, has its future secured with more than ?3m raised during the series. >more (BBC)

"The Old Grammar School and Saracens Head are owned by Kings Norton Parish, who lack the funds to restore the buildings and put them to good use. The Old Grammar School is on the English Heritage 'At Risk' register and, sadly, lies empty. and now being featured on BBC Restoration.

kngrammer1931.jpg (55259 bytes) The Old Kings Norton Grammar School
by permission BCL
grammar2.jpg (150110 bytes) The Old Kings Norton Grammar School
green1201.jpg (134388 bytes) The Green
Kings Norton

parishoffice2.jpg (103612 bytes) The Saracen's Head
green1900.jpg (260157 bytes) The Green
Kings Norton

by permission BCL
green.jpg (134195 bytes) The Green
Kings Norton

westside1937.jpg (100286 bytes) The Green, West Side
Kings Norton

by permission BCL
westside.jpg (97616 bytes) The Green, West Side
Kings Norton

churchtower.jpg (82671 bytes) St Nicolas's Church Tower
parishoffice.jpg (85553 bytes) The Saracen's Head is now used as the Parish Offices.
bullshead.jpg (151799 bytes) The Bulls Head
The Green
Kings Norton
navigation.jpg (69161 bytes) The Navigation
Kings Norton


canalhouse.jpg (71690 bytes) The Canal House
canalhouse2.jpg (72368 bytes) The Canal House
thumper.jpg (67781 bytes) "Thumper"
thumper2.jpg (187234 bytes) The Guillotine Lock
Lifford Lane


wharf.jpg (125708 bytes) The Wharf
Kings Norton
winch.jpg (130687 bytes) The Guillotine Lock
Lifford Lane


swing.jpg (123932 bytes) Swing Bridge
Near Lifford Lane
lifford.jpg (77048 bytes) Lifford Reservoir


kingsnortonstn.jpg (41933 bytes) Kings Norton Station
boys.jpg (83648 bytes) Kings Norton Boys School
Northfield Road


If you are interested in Old Kings Norton you will enjoy this book with over 200 old photographs.
Click on the cover to enlarge and the Title to buy online
Images of England. Kings Norton Birmingham Kings Norton
Pauline Caswell

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