Barnt Green

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Coordinates: 52°21′36″N 1°59′56″W / 52.360°N 1.999°W / 52.360; -1.999

Barnt Green
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The Victoria
Barnt Green is located in Worcestershire
Barnt Green
Barnt Green
 Barnt Green shown within Worcestershire
Population 1,733 (2001)
OS grid reference SP0073
    - London  100 miles (160 km) 
Civil parish Barnt Green
District Bromsgrove
Shire county Worcestershire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BIRMINGHAM
Postcode district B45
Dialling code 0121
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Bromsgrove
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Barnt Green is a village and civil parish in the Bromsgrove District of Worcestershire, England, located 10 miles south of Birmingham, with a population at the 2001 census of 1,733.[1]

Origins[edit]

Originating from the development of the railway, Barnt Green has always been a commuter settlement. When the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway was completed in 1840 the only buildings already in existence on an 1880 map[2] were Barnt Green House, probably the oldest recorded bearer of the name Barnt Green, the buildings which made up the railway station, and Sandhills Farm which dates from the 15th century). The early establishment of Barnt Green as a village began with the construction of The Victoria a pub that was originally built as a temperance house at the turn of the century. A later map from 1905[citation needed] already shows several buildings, including the Victoria and many of the terraced houses which skirt today's shops.

Development[edit]

The majority of the village is a product of the 20th century. Much of its development occurred between the wars, with very many houses built between the 1940s and 1970s, and some newer redbrick development.

Despite the proximity of the Birmingham conurbation, the built up area of the city is concealed by hills to the north and the landscape retains a rural aspect. The area provides an environment for wildlife, including birds, foxes and badgers.

Situation[edit]

'Barnt Green House', etching from the Early 19th Century.

Immediately above (in height) to the northwest are the Lickey Hills Country Park and the Victorian houses of Lickey. Almost immediately to the north is the site of the former Longbridge car factory and beyond that Birmingham.

Northeast are Cofton Hackett and the Bittell Reservoirs, with the Worcester and Birmingham Canal running alongside. To the east, farmland stretches from the edge of the factory right across to Hopwood. This large block of rural land forms a part of the green belt which encircles the settlement.

Southeast is the older village of Alvechurch and beyond that Redditch. South of the village, across the M42 motorway, is the large stretch of farmland of Cobley and Tardebigge which runs to the ancient seat of the Earl of Plymouth, Hewell Grange (now a prison).

To the southwest, the Lickey Incline, a famous stretch of railway, runs down the Bunter geological formation to Blackwell and Bromsgrove. The M5 motorway lies to the West.

Services[edit]

Barnt Green railway station is on the Cross-City Line (Redditch to Lichfield) and the Birmingham to Worcester via Bromsgrove Line. The area is close to junctions on the M5 and M42 motorways, as well as the nearby A38.

In the centre of the village is a linear shopping street and small park. Other facilities include a sports club, a cricket club, and separate Quaker, Baptist and Church of England churches. St Andrew's Primary School is also based in the village.

People from Barnt Green[edit]

Margaret Leighton, award winning actress.

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