Chad Brook

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Chad Brook
The Chad Lordswood School Grounds (geograph 2826502).jpg
The Chad in the grounds of Lordswood Boys' School, near its souorce
Country England
Physical characteristics
Main source Harborne
River mouth Confluence with Bourne Brook
52°26′57″N 1°54′57″W / 52.4491565°N 1.9157668°W / 52.4491565; -1.9157668Coordinates: 52°26′57″N 1°54′57″W / 52.4491565°N 1.9157668°W / 52.4491565; -1.9157668
Length 5.3 kilometres (3.3 mi)
Basin features
Progression Bourne—ReaTameTrentHumberNorth Sea
Chad Brook, in the grounds of Edgbaston Hall

The Chad Brook is a stream, or brook, wholly within Birmingham, England.[1] It rises in the district of Harborne (formerly in Worcestershire), giving its name to the area known as Chad Valley (and thus indirectly to Chad Valley toys),[1] and runs through the suburb of Edgbaston.

Its course follows a roughly south-easterly direction, passing through the grounds of Lordswood Boys' School and then Harborne Nature Reserve and the Grade II listed Westbourne Road Town Gardens,[2], underneath the former Harborne Railway (now a walkway), crosses the campus of the University of Birmingham and the grounds of Edgbaston Hall where it feeds Edgbaston Pool, and is in a culvert under the site of the BBC's former Pebble Mill Studios, leading to its confluence with the Bourne Brook.[1] From there, water flows into the Rivers Rea, Tame and Trent, then the Humber, and eventually the North Sea.

At one time, The Chad formed the boundary between the counties of Worcestershire and Staffordshire.

A water mill, called 'Over Mill'[3] operated on the brook from the 16th to 19th centuries. The remains of some of its buildings are extant.[4]


The origins of the name are not recorded. It may refer to Chad of Mercia, or be derived from the medieval term shadwell, a 'shallow boundary brook'.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Dargue, William. "Chad Valley". History of Birmingham Places A to Y. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  2. ^ "WESTBOURNE ROAD TOWN GARDENS, Birmingham - 1001375". Historic isEngland. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  3. ^ 52°27′6″N 1°55′7″W / 52.45167°N 1.91861°W / 52.45167; -1.91861 (Over Mill)
  4. ^ Arup (19 March 2012). "Edgbaston Central Campus Development – Hybrid Planning Application Archaeological Technical Appraisal" (PDF). University of Birmingham. p. 8. Retrieved 30 November 2017.

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