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For the Parliamentary constituency, see Birmingham Ladywood (UK Parliament constituency).
Ladywood is located in West Midlands county
 Ladywood shown within the West Midlands
Population 30,133 (2011 Ward)[1]
   – density  52.9 per ha
OS grid reference SP055865
Metropolitan borough Birmingham
Metropolitan county West Midlands
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district B1-B4
Dialling code 0121
Police West Midlands
Fire West Midlands
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Birmingham Ladywood
List of places
West Midlands

Coordinates: 52°28′34″N 1°55′05″W / 52.476°N 1.918°W / 52.476; -1.918

Ladywood constituency shown within Birmingham

Ladywood is an inner-city district in Central Birmingham, England. It is a council constituency, managed by its own district committee. The constituency includes the smaller Ladywood ward and the wards of Aston, Nechells and Soho.[2] In June 2004, Birmingham City Council conducted a city-wide "Ward Boundary Revision" to round-up the thirty-nine Birmingham wards to forty. As a result of this, Ladywood's boundaries were expanded to include Birmingham city centre.[3][4]


At the time of the 2001 Population Census, 23,789 people were living in Ladywood. The population density was 3,330 people per km2 living within its 7.1 km² boundary, compared with 3,649 people per km2 for Birmingham. Nearly half of the population of Ladywood (49%) consists of ethnic minorities compared with 29.6% for Birmingham in general. The largest ethnic minority groups are Afro-Caribbean at 13.18%, Indian at 11.65%, Pakistani at 10.64% and Mixed Race at 5.52%.[5][6]

Housing and land use[edit]

Tower blocks in Ladywood

The Ladywood ward combines areas of varying land-use, such that no generalisation is possible. There is the city centre (the economically valuable Central business district), the affluent Jewellery Quarter, and Broad Street areas which have become fashionable for "luxury flat" living, the Lee Bank area (now known as Park Central) which has been fully redeveloped, and there is the remainder of the ward (herein: "remainder Ladywood") which is relatively economically impoverished.

Most of "remainder Ladywood" (and area now occupied by Park Central) was redeveloped during the 1960s, with decaying terraced slums being cleared to make way for new low-rise housing and high-rise flats. Although the newer homes were an improvement on their predecessors in terms of quality and sanitation, social problems became prevalent in much of the local area including car crime, drug dealing, anti-social behaviour and many of the other problems commonly associated with inner city areas across England.

More than 20 multi-storey blocks of council flats were built around Ladywood during the 1960s and 1970s; however, six of them were demolished in the early 2000s.[7]

More recently there has been investment in physical improvements to the area. Some tower blocks have been either demolished or improved, not least with introduction of concierge or CCTV security systems. These and other such measures may have resulted in a reduction of antisocial behaviour.

There are plans to build high-density housing, possibly over 1,100 units, on 54 acres of derelict industrial land at Icknield Port. The proposals include old-style back-to-backs with internal courtyards raising fears of future slums[8]

The area is served by two libraries; Spring Hill Library[9] and Ladywood Library.[10]


The ward is currently represented by three Labour councillors at the Birmingham City Council: Sir Albert Bore, Kath Hartley and Carl Rice.[11]

Ladywood Ward has adopted a "Committee Manager" and an "Interim Neighbourhood Manager". These are Kay Thomas and Sandra Lawrence respectively.[12]


In July 2010, it was reported that the Parliamentary Constituency of Ladywood had the highest rate of unemployment out of all the constituencies in the United Kingdom with 10.8% claiming Jobseeker's Allowance. It was further reported that Ladywood had the highest rate in the UK for at least the previous 61 months (statistics produced on a month by month basis).[13][14] This may be blamed on the recession, but very high unemployment rates have been a problem in Ladywood for a number of years.[15]

In 2014, James Turner Street, in the area's Soho ward[16] featured in the TV series Benefits Street.

Famous residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Birmingham Population 2011". Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ladywood Community Plan" (PDF). 
  3. ^ "Ladywood Ward" (PDF). Birmingham City Council (Economy Strategy and Information Team). 
  4. ^ "Roll Forward to 40 Wards". Birmingham City Council. 27 September 2004. 
  5. ^ "Office for National Statistics – Ethnic Group Table". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ladywood Ward Stats". Birmingham City Council. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "Councillor Fears Slums of the Future At Icknield Port Loop". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Spring Hill Library". Birmingham City Council. 
  10. ^ "Ladywood Library". Birmingham City Council. 
  11. ^ "Ladywood Councillors". GB-BIR: 26 August 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Ward Committees". Birmingham City Council. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  13. ^ "Recession Tracker". BBC NEWS c/o Office for National Statistics. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  14. ^ Rogers, Simon (14 July 2010). "Ten things to learn from the latest unemployment statistics: Unemployment is down overall, but up in Northern Ireland, Birmingham and among 16-year-olds. Here are the facts behind the latest joblessness headlines". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  15. ^ McSmith, Andy (20 October 2002). "Ladywood is UK dole capital". The Independent (London). Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  16. ^ "My Local Information/". Birmingham City Council. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Ladywood Ward". Birmingham City Council. 
  18. ^ "Sgt. Alfred Joseph Knight". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "Tolkien's youth in Birmingham". Birmingham City Council. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 

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