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Lickey Old School House.jpg
The old school house, now in use as offices.
Lickey is located in Worcestershire
Location within Worcestershire
OS grid referenceSO999752
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtB45
Dialling code0121
UK Parliament
List of places
52°22′23″N 2°00′10″W / 52.37304°N 2.00289°W / 52.37304; -2.00289Coordinates: 52°22′23″N 2°00′10″W / 52.37304°N 2.00289°W / 52.37304; -2.00289

Lickey is a 'Linear Development', as opposed to a village, in the north of Worcestershire, England approximately 10 miles (16 km) south west from the centre of Birmingham. It lies in Bromsgrove District and is situated on the Lickey Ridge, amongst the Lickey Hills, its proximity to countryside and the city makes it a popular commuter area. The civil parish of Lickey and Blackwell has a population of 4,140.[1]

The name of Lickey dating back to 1225 is thought to have derived from 'leac' (a clearing) and 'hey' (an enclosed space), including perhaps referring to a clearing in the forest. Various names have included La Lecheye, La Lekeheye, Lechay, Lekhaye. The area forms part of the Lickey Hills Country Park which covers 524 acres.


The author Jonathan Coe was born in Lickey in 1961.

The First World War fighter ace Oliver C Bryson was born in Lickey on 18 August 1897.

Lickey was populated rapidly from the 1870s onwards by professionals and industrialists such as Herbert Austin, who moved to Lickey Grange in 1910 and lived there until his death in 1941. He is buried in the graveyard of the local church of Holy Trinity. Today the area has a mainly professional and entrepreneurial population.


Opposite Holy Trinity Church, Lickey is a drinking trough for horses and drinking fountain for travellers.

The Monument, a 60–80 ft tall obelisk, is situated behind the trees bordering the old Birmingham road directly opposite the petrol station in Lickey. The inscription reads "To commend to imitation the exemplary private virtues of Other Archer 6th Earl of Plymouth". The Earl had land at Tardebigge, near Lickey.


Lickey has some late Victorian houses but there was steady development of housing in the 20th century. Since the 1990s, there has been 'infill' housing.

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