Alum Rock, Birmingham

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Alum Rock
Alum Rock Road Saltely Birmingham.jpg
Alum Rock centre
Alum Rock is located in West Midlands county
Alum Rock
Alum Rock
Location within the West Midlands
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtB8
Dialling code0121
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52°29′13″N 1°49′55″W / 52.486944°N 1.831944°W / 52.486944; -1.831944Coordinates: 52°29′13″N 1°49′55″W / 52.486944°N 1.831944°W / 52.486944; -1.831944

Alum Rock (known locally as "The Rock") is an inner-city suburb of Birmingham, England, located roughly 2 miles east of Birmingham city centre. The area is officially a division of Saltley. Rockwood Academy is a secondary school located in the area.

Neighbouring areas[edit]

Alum Rock Road Saltley Birmingham View.jpg

Alum Rock includes the connecting streets of the 3 km Alum Rock Road beginning at Saltley Gate and ending at Railway Bridge. Once through the main shopping area, Alum Rock Road continues towards Stechford, passing through Pelham, before joining Washwood Heath Road at the Fox & Goose the eastern part of the main road is in Ward End.

The area locally known as "The Rock" starts at Saltley Gate and ends at the junction with Highfield Road and Bowyer Road.

Singer-songwriter and founding member of Duran Duran, Stephen Duffy, was born and brought up in Alum Rock.

Alum Rock covers most of Saltley and so runs into many of Saltley's neighbouring areas, Bordesley Green to the south, Ward End to the north and east and Nechells to the west.

Washwood Heath Road, which also begins at Saltley Gate, runs loosely parallel to Alum Rock Road for a mile, before both main roads join up in front of the Fox & Goose.

Brummie rhyming slang[edit]

According to the historian, Carl Chinn, Alum Rock is the only place name in Birmingham that features in Brummie rhyming slang and refers to 'socks', e.g. "Pull your Alum Rocks up!".[1]

Administrative area and census information[edit]

Alum Rock is part of the Washwood Heath ward.[2]

Census Data from the 2001 Census identifies the ward as having a higher population density, lower average age and a significantly higher ethnic minority population against the Birmingham average.[3]

Community organisations[edit]

The Saltley Gate Peace Group is an organisation based in Alum Rock, taking its name from the local roundabout which leads to the areas main shopping area, Alum Rock road.



Alum Rock ward is served by two Labour councillors; Mohammed Idrees and Mariam Khan.


Schools in Alum Rock include:


One step taken towards community cohesion comes in the form of sport. The Alum rock area has its own football club. Set up in the 90's by the late Farid Raja, Alum Rock FC takes part in the South Birmingham Football League every season. The club is now[when?] looking to expand and include youth teams along with its senior First XI.[5]


  1. ^ Laws, Roz. "Can you talk Brummie rhyming slang?". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Wayback Machine". 30 September 2007.
  3. ^ "Washwood Heath Ward". 11 March 2008.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Brookhill Tavern (1423497)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  5. ^ Alum Rock F.C. website. Retrieved on 2011-11-29.