Weoley Castle Square
Weoley Castle shown within the West Midlands
|Metropolitan county||West Midlands|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||West Midlands|
|UK Parliament||Birmingham Northfield|
Weoley Castle is a residential suburban district in south-west Birmingham, England. The area is part of the Weoley local authority electoral ward, and also comes under the Northfield local council constituency.
The suburb of Weoley Castle is bordered by Selly Oak to the east, Harborne to the north, Bartley Green to the west, and Weoley Hill and Shenley Green to the south. At its heart is the shopping area of Weoley Castle Square.
The area takes its name from ruins of a moated and fortified manor house (SP021826), now owned by Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. The castle ruins are a Grade II listed building, and the site became a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 1934
Between 1960 and 1961 excavations took place at Weoley Castle which unearthed a 13th-century wooden building. The substantial stone remains and the moat can be seen from the viewing platform which is open daily. A recent Heritage Lottery, Birmingham City Council and English Heritage funded project has led to consolidation of the ruins and the creation of a community education centre where schools sessions, community meetings and events are held. The ruins are supported by a volunteer group called the Castle Keepers.
Weoley Castle Library serves the district, and Weoley Castle Museum is a visitor attraction that is also located in the suburb. Weoley Castle Walkway is an area of recreation ground that is located mainly within Selly Oak and Quinton. The Lapal Canal is within the grounds and is maintained by the Lapal Canal Trust
Weoley Castle was mostly developed for council housing during the 1930s, and in 1935 the 10,000th council house in Birmingham was officially opened in Hopstone Road by the later Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. This made Birmingham the first local authority in Britain to build 10,000 council properties - just 15 years after building its first. The completed Weoley Castle housing estate consisted of nearly 3,000 homes.
|Bartley Green||Selly Oak|
|Ley Hill||Shenley Green||Weoley Hill|
- "Weoley Castle - History of Birmingham Places & Placenames A to Y". Billdargue.jimdo.com. 2010-07-31. Retrieved 2011-09-16.
- Birmingham Museum information about Weoley Castle
- Weoley Castle Library
- A Concise History of Weoley Castle and Northfield
- Weoley Castle Community Website
- Images of England - details from listed building text
- Heritage at Risk: Weoley+Castle
- Weoley Castle - Service for schools - Educational teaching sessions and resources at Weoley Castle
- Weoley Castle for Kids - fun and games for children based on Weoley Castle