Handsworth Wood

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Coordinates: 52°30′43″N 1°55′05″W / 52.512°N 1.918°W / 52.512; -1.918

Handsworth Wood
West Midlands
Handsworth Wood
Handsworth Wood
 Handsworth Wood shown within the West Midlands
Population 25,719 (2001 Population Census)
    - Density  37.4 per ha
OS grid reference SP055905
Metropolitan borough Birmingham
Metropolitan county West Midlands
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district B20
Dialling code 0121
Police West Midlands
Fire West Midlands
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Birmingham Perry Barr
List of places
West Midlands

Handsworth Wood is a rather affluent suburban area in the north west of Birmingham, England. It is also a ward within the formal district of Perry Barr as well as other areas such as Great Barr, Sandwell and Hamstead/Hamstead Village.

Located within the metropolitan county of the West Midlands since April 1, 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, it was previously a part of the county of Staffordshire. Handsworth Wood is regarded by estate agents as "upmarket" in comparison to the neighbouring district of Handsworth.

Places of interest[edit]

Local amenities include: King Edward VI Handsworth Girl's Grammar School and Handsworth Grammar School, Soho Road, St. Mary's Church, Hawthorne House Handsworth and Handsworth Park.

It is home to Birmingham City University's 'Hamstead campus'.

Handsworth Wood is Home to Bridge Trust Cricket Club on Romilly Avenue.

Handsworth Golf Club is also located here, a widely known Golf Club.


Birmingham historian Dr. Carl Chinn noted that during World War II the boundary between Handsworth and Handsworth Wood marked the line between being safe and unsafe from bombing, with Handsworth Wood being an official evacuation zone due to its very country like, undeveloped landscape. Due to the affluent residents of the area properties are larger than usual sizes meaning Handsworth Wood was ideal for evacuees etc.[1]

Mr Hudson, the singer/songwriter, was born in Handsworth Wood.

James Watt, the engineer/inventor, lived in Handsworth Wood.

Matthew Boulton also worked alongside James Watt, was born and raised in the area.

Local politics[edit]

There is a Birmingham City electoral ward called Handsworth Wood [2] comprising part of Handsworth and nearly all of Handsworth Wood made up of distinct cultures and built environments - the once salubrious Victorian suburb, now "inner-city" Handsworth, consisting of some of the finest Victorian houses in the city, increasingly being refurbished to complement the £9 million restoration of Handsworth Park, and Handsworth Wood dominated by characteristically suburban pre-war semi-detached and detached properties. The ward was formerly known as Sandwell Ward.

The ward is represented by three Labour councillors in the Birmingham City Council; Gurdial Singh Atwal, Paulette Hamilton and Narinder Kooner.[3]


The 2001 Population Census recorded that 25,276 people were living in the ward. It has a high percentage of ethnic minorities in the area with the figure being 67.1% (16,975) of the population being of an ethnic minority (mainly those from [[Indian]] heritage and [[Sikh]] backgrounds), as opposed to 29.6% for Birmingham in general.

Ethnic Groups
  • White British - 7,427
  • South Asian - 12,052
  • Black British - 4,100
  • Mixed Race - 877

A large majority of the Handsworth Wood area consists of ethnic minorities with over 50% of residents coming from South-Asian backgrounds; being the most popular region would be India where a vast majority of the Handsworth Wood Population descending from Indian heritage especially the Punjab region located in Northern India. The area is rather affluent and prosperous therefore properties are quite expensive and are of larger sizes.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Carl Chinn (1996) Brum Undaunted: Birmingham During the Blitz, Birmingham Library Services
  2. ^ Handsworth Wood ward profile
  3. ^ Handsworth Wood Ward

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