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The Clock Tower, Harborne
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Harborne is an area of south-west Birmingham, England three miles (5 km) southwest from Birmingham city centre. It is a Birmingham City Council ward in the formal district and in the parliamentary constituency of Birmingham Edgbaston.
Harborne is a Victorian suburb with a large stock of housing dating from pre-1900 (found mainly around the High Street), and the early 20th century. The oldest part of what is known locally as 'Harborne Village' is centred on St Peter's Church, (Church of England), Old Church Road, which dates from Anglo-Saxon times (St Chad preached there) and whose tower was (re)constructed in the 14th century.
As a non-Quaker area of the city, Harborne became well-supplied with public houses compared to nearby areas such as Edgbaston and Bournville. There is a famous "Harborne Run" pub crawl consisting of from 10 to 15 pubs (the agreed itinerary varies).
The spelling of Harborne has appeared with several variations through the centuries, and the derivation of the place name has often been disputed. One of the more probable suggestions is 'boundary brook', although 'high brow' and 'dirty brook' are also possibilities.
St Mary’s Church was the first Roman Catholic congregation formed by the Passionists who worshiped in a disused Methodist Chapel on Harborne High Street from 1870. Building work started on the current church, in Vivian Road, on 8 September 1875 and it opened on 6 February 1877. The Augustinians (Austin Friars) arrived at St Mary’s in 1973 to a growing catholic population and work on a new church, attached to the side of the old church, started on 1 August 1977 and was finished in 56 weeks. The St Mary's Parish Centre was opened in 1990 and is next door to the church.
Harborne became part of the county borough of Birmingham and thus transferred from Staffordshire to Warwickshire in 1891 by the Local Govt. Bd.'s Prov. Orders Conf. (No. 13) Act, 54 & 55 Vic. c. 161 (local act). It then became part of the West Midlands in 1974 by the Local Government Act 1972.
Harborne railway station, at the end of the short Harborne Branch Line off the LMS Birmingham-Wolverhampton line at Ladywood, opened on 10 August 1874. It closed to passengers on 26 November 1934 and to freight traffic in November 1963. It is now the Harborne Walkway, a two-mile (3 km) nature walk and cycling route from Harborne to Ladywood, where the canal can be followed either to Birmingham or Wolverhampton.
The 2011 census revealed that 23,001 lived in Harborne and that 17% of people were aged under 16, 69% were aged between 16 and 64, while 14% were aged over 65. The minority ethnic population made up 33% of the ward’s population, compared with 41% for Birmingham. The census found that 75% (11,997) of the population aged 16 to 74 were working or seeking work, this compared with 69% for Birmingham.
There are five primary schools: Birmingham Blue Coat School (which sits on the border between Harborne and Edgbaston), Harborne Primary School, St Mary's Catholic Primary School, St Peter's CofE Primary School, and Welsh House Farm Community School.
Harborne ward forms part of the Birmingham Edgbaston constituency at Westminster, represented by Labour's Preet Gill since 2017. At local government level, Harborne ward is represented on Birmingham City Council by two councillors from the Labour Party, including James McKay, cabinet member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, and one councillor from the Conservative Party, John Alden. The former leader of Birmingham City Council Mike Whitby was a councillor in Harborne from 1997 to 2014 and was made a life peer taking the title of Baron Whitby, of Harborne in the City of Birmingham.
The ward has a Ward Support Officer.
Harborne is served by the following bus routes:
The suburb had a railway station which opened in 1874. The station however closed to passenger traffic in 1934 and to freight in 1963. Since the closure of Harborne railway station, Harborne's closest station has been University. Which is on the Cross-City Line, as well as West Midlands Trains' longer-distance services to Hereford and CrossCountry services to Cardiff and Nottingham. There are frequent services to Birmingham New Street.
Sport and leisure
Harborne's tennis court facilities can be found in Moorpool at The Circle and on Moor Pool Avenue. Harborne has three bowling greens, two at public houses (Green Man and The Bell) and one in Moorpool. Grove Park and Queens Park are both in Harborne. There are two golf courses (Harborne Golf Course and Harborne Municipal Golf Course), as well as a cricket ground. When the swimming pool was rebuilt and opened in 2012, it was Birmingham's first new swimming pool for more than twenty years; the centre also houses fitness facilities. Harborne is bordered by Bourn Brook Walkway on the south and Harborne Walkway to the north east.
Food and drink
|Name||Image||Former name(s)||Operator||Location||Date||Grid ref.
|White Swan||Mitchells & Butlers
Premium Country Pubs
|Harborne Road, B15 3TT||1800 – c. 1850c.|||
|Green Man||Mitchells & Butlers
|2 High Street, B17 9NE||1940c.|
|The Plough||Independent||21 High Street, B17 9NT|
|The Hop Garden||The Sportsman||Independent||19 Metchley Lane, B17 0HT|||
|White Horse||Independent||2 York Street, B17 0HG|
|Harborne Stores||Stonegate Pub Company||109 High Street, B17 9NP|
|The Paper Duck||Drinks World||Independent||115 High Street, B17 9JT|
|Slug and Lettuce||The Proverbial
|Stonegate Pub Company||186-196 High Street, B17 9PP|||
|The Junction||Mitchells & Butlers
|212 High Street, B17 9PT||1904|||
|The New Inn||Marston's Brewery||74 Vivian Road, B17 0DJ||1883c.|||
|The Vine||Mitchells & Butlers
|310 High Street, B17 9PU||1830sc.|
|The Bell||Stonegate Pub Company||11 Old Church Road, B17 0BB||1700 – c. 1800c.|||
|Name||Image||Former name(s)||Operator||Location||Dates||Grid ref.
|Fish Inn||Fish Lane
(now North Road)
|The Huntsman||The Kings Arms||356 High Street, B17 9PU||?-2013|||
|The Duke of York|
|Scarlet Pimpernel||Tennal Road, B32 2JE|
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