Sheldon, West Midlands
St Giles' Church
Sheldon shown within the West Midlands
|Population||20,911 (2001 Population Census)|
|– density||34.7 per ha|
|OS grid reference|
|Metropolitan county||West Midlands|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||West Midlands|
|UK Parliament||Birmingham Yardley|
Sheldon is also one of the 40 electoral wards in Birmingham, and one of the four wards that make up the council constituency of Yardley. It covers an area of 6.03 km². Areas covered by the ward are Lyndon Green, Wells Green, Sheldon and part of Garretts Green.
Sheldon was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Machitone, meaning "Macca's farm". A Mackadown Farm existed in the area up until the World War I, however, it is only remembered through Mackadown Lane, a residential road.
Population and housing
According to the 2001 UK Census there were 20,129 people living in 9,140 households in Sheldon with a population density of 3,481 people per km² compared with 3,649 people per km² for Birmingham. Sheldon has a low percentage of ethnic minorities in its population with only 5.9% (1,195) being of an ethnic minority compared with 29.6% for Birmingham in general.
Housing in the area primarily dates back to the 1930s and the area benefits from Sheldon Country Park which is adjacent to Birmingham International Airport. The area is served by numerous shops and businesses situated along the busy A45, Coventry Road which acts as one of the city's primary gateways. The A45 runs from Birmingham city centre through to Coventry and beyond.
There is two secondary schools serving the area; Sheldon Heath Secondary School and Cockshut Hill. As well as five primary schools, one of which is a Roman Catholic primary school. Sheldon Library serves the area, too.
As of 2005, the three councillors representing Sheldon Ward on Birmingham City Council are Sue Anderson, Paul Tilsley and Mike Ward, all of the Liberal Democrat Party. The ward has adopted a Ward Support Officer.
Birmingham City Council Elections, 4 May 2006 - Sheldon Results
- Robert Arthur Devenport - British National Party - 1132
- Derek Anthony Johnson - Conservative Party - 556
- Michael Johnson - Labour Party - 792
- Paul Morris - National Front - 74
- Colin Richard Preece - Legalise Cannabis Alliance - 45
- Michael Paul Sheridan - Green Party - 139
- Michael Howard Ward - Liberal Democrat - 3233
Candidate Elected - Michael Howard Ward - Liberal Democrat
- Ian Smith, town planning expert, also lived in Cranes Park Road in the 1960s and 70s.
- Rev. Thomas Bray, founder of the Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge, was Rector of Sheldon.
- Howard Brown, branch manager for the Halifax bank, won a staff competition to appear in their advertisements, was born and raised in Sheldon.
- Kevin Warwick, professor of cybernetics lived there in the 1970s. In the latter part of this time he studied at Aston University.
- Andre Marriner, a Premier League football referee.
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