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The King's Standing - - 13605.jpg
The barrow at Kingstanding, surrounded by urban housing
Kingstanding is located in West Midlands county
Location within the West Midlands
Population25,334 (2011.Ward)[1]
• Density59.0 per ha
OS grid referenceSP085945
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtB44
Dialling code0121
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52°32′53″N 1°52′23″W / 52.548°N 1.873°W / 52.548; -1.873Coordinates: 52°32′53″N 1°52′23″W / 52.548°N 1.873°W / 52.548; -1.873

Kingstanding is an area in north Birmingham, England.[2] It gives its name to a ward in the Erdington council constituency.[2] Kingstanding ward includes the areas; Perry Common, Witton Lakes and Wyrley Birch.[2] The other part of Kingstanding falls under the Oscott ward.

Kingstanding houses a covered drinking water reservoir, Perry Barr Reservoir, on the site of the former Perry Barr Farm.

Kingstanding is served by two libraries; Kingstanding Library and Perry Common Library.

The area known as Kingstanding Circle is where the Kingstanding village centre lies with its shops and Kings Road/ Kingstanding Road roundabout.


The name of the area is derived from the occasion when the Stuart King Charles I supposedly reviewed his troops standing on the Neolithic Bowl Barrow in the area on 18 October 1642 during the English Civil War, after his stay at nearby Aston Hall. The first references to Kingstanding were as King's Standing.

The course of the Icknield Street Roman Road runs past this barrow; and when the foundations for the water pumping station were being dug in 1884, a hoard of Roman coins was discovered.[3]

Warren Farm Estate in 1929.

The area was largely rural until the 1928, when large-scale residential development commenced in the area.[3] The first of the estates was completed in 1934.[4] It was during the 1930s and 1940s that most of the current housing was built. Most of the houses in Kingstanding were built as council houses in the north of the area. At the time, it was the largest council housing development in Europe, containing some 6,700 properties on its completion.[5]

In 1935, an Odeon cinema, designed by Cecil Clavering,[6] was opened on Kingstanding Circle.[7] On 6 June 1964, Kingstanding Library opened. It had an area of 1,000 sq ft (93 m2) and was identified as being liable to mining subsidence.[8]

Kingstanding is featured in the novel The Last Viking by Dr Ron Dawson. The author grew up at number 79 Parkeston Crescent, and used the estate and its many characters as the backcloth to his Birmingham-based novel.[9]


The Kingstanding ward was the scene of political controversy in May 2006 when it initially appeared its voters had elected a British National Party candidate, Sharon Ebanks, to Birmingham City Council – the first BNP candidate ever to be elected in Birmingham. However, it was announced by the Returning Officer shortly after the declaration that a counting error had taken place and, following a High Court recount, Ebanks was removed as Councillor on 26 July 2006 and replaced by Labour candidate Catherine Grundy.[10] In 2014 Conservative Gary Sambrook defeated Labour in a by-election, caused by the resignation of Catharine Grundy. In the 2014 local elections Ron Storer also won the seat for the Conservatives from Labour, in what was once a safe Labour seat.

World War II[edit]

A number of bombs were dropped on the then new Kingstanding housing estate during World War II. On 25 August 1940, four people including a three-year-old boy were killed when a bomb hit a house in Kingstanding Road, while a bomb in Oundle Road killed a 27-year-old man and a third bomb in Hurlingham Road killed a 61-year-old woman.[11]


Kingstanding had a population 25,702 at the time of the 2001 Population Census. It has a population density of 5,410 people per km² compared with 3,649 people per km² for Birmingham. It has a small ethnic minority population with ethnic minorities representing 10.6% (2,724) of the ward's population as opposed to 29.6% for Birmingham. White British is the largest ethnic population living in Kingstanding.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Dr Ron Dawson. Educationist, researcher and author lived in Parkeston Crescent, attended Twickenham Road School, 1945–1951.[12]
  • Lloyd Dyer, professional footballer currently plaything for Burton Albion In the third tier of English football, attended Cardinal Wiseman School between 1994 and 1999
  • Alison Hammond, actor and television presenter[13]
  • Steve Winwood, International rock star, lived on Atlantic Road
  • Kingstanding is the headquarters of the 23 Special Air Service Regiment.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Birmingham Ward population 2011". Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Erdington constituency | Birmingham City Council".
  3. ^ a b Raven, Michael (2005). A Guide to Staffordshire and the Black Country, the Potteries and the Peak. Michael Raven. p. 151. ISBN 0-906114-33-0.
  4. ^ Helen Elizabeth Meller (1997). Towns, Plans and Society in Modern Britain. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-57644-X.
  5. ^ "Kingstanding, Kings Vale".
  6. ^ Jane Turner (1996). The Dictionary of Art. Grove. ISBN 1-884446-00-0.
  7. ^ Anne Massey (2000). Hollywood Beyond the Screen: Design and Material Culture. Berg Publishers. ISBN 1-85973-321-2.
  8. ^ Library Association (1964). The Library Association Record. Library Association.
  9. ^ "The Last Viking". Archived from the original on 22 September 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  10. ^ End of the road for BNP seat battle – Birmingham Mail (27 July 2006)
  11. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Scary Bones meets the Pirates of Brownsea Island". Mulberry Tree Books.[failed verification]
  13. ^ Kheraj, Alim (28 September 2020). "This Morning's Alison Hammond: 'I had to educate myself on black history'". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  14. ^ Hurst, Ben (26 December 2008). "SAS to march through Birmingham to receive freedom of city". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 5 May 2015.

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