Catshill

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Coordinates: 52°21′44″N 2°03′37″W / 52.36224°N 2.06016°W / 52.36224; -2.06016

Catshill
Catshill Village Hall.jpg
Catshill Village Hall, located on Golden Cross Lane
Catshill is located in Worcestershire
Catshill
Catshill
 Catshill shown within Worcestershire
Population 4,428 (2001)[1]
OS grid reference SO960738
    - London  102 miles (164 km) 
Civil parish Catshill and North Marlbrook
District Bromsgrove
Shire county Worcestershire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BROMSGROVE
Postcode district B61
Dialling code 01527
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Bromsgrove
List of places
UK
England
Worcestershire

Catshill is a village in Worcestershire about 2.5 miles north of Bromsgrove and 10 miles south-west of Birmingham. The parish of Catshill was formed around the Turnpike Road (A38) in 1844.

The population of Catshill in 2001 was 4428.[1]

Education[edit]

Catshill is home to Catshill First School and Catshill Middle School. The first school Catshill First School and Nursery is located in the centre of the village on Gibb Lane. The Middle School was built in 1939, and was converted from a Secondary Modern to a Middle School in 1970. The village has a small library, though it is not open every day. Catshill has also a village hall in which many different learning activities take place, from karate to IT skills.

Transport[edit]

Catshill is served by regular bus services by First Midland Red, Diamond Bus and MRD Travel. There are routes to Birmingham, Halesowen, Merry Hill, Stourbridge, Bromsgrove, Worcester and Droitwich.

With nearby access to the M5 and M42 motorways, Catshill is within commuting distance by car to both Worcester and Birmingham and as a result the population of the village has grown in recent years.

History[edit]

In 1828 a Baptist chapel was opened in Little Catshill.[2]

Catshill developed in the nineteenth century through nailmaking and by 1914 was one of the few villages in the area which produced nails.[3]

Famous people[edit]

The poet Alfred Edward Housman lived in Catshill.[4] The professional footballer Roy Hartle (Bolton Wanderers) was born here. For more than a quarter of a century Sarah Hilda Haines was the much respected district nurse (plaque in church) who received the royal Maundy in 1980 at Worcester. Her son Roy Martin Haines, a Foundation Scholar of Bromsgrove School, became a mediaeval historian (Worcester College, Oxford) and professor at Dalhousie University, Canada (Wikipedia). A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge, he was awarded the degrees of D.Phil.and D.Litt. of Oxford.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://worcestershire.whub.org.uk/home/cs-research-census-populationreport.pdf
  2. ^ Berrow's Worcester Journal, 28 August 1828
  3. ^ "History". Catshill & North Marlbrook Parish Council. Retrieved 5 March 2009. 
  4. ^ Richard Perceval Graves (1979). A. E. Housman. Taylor & Francis. p. 25. ISBN 978-0-7100-0340-9.