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Winson Green

Coordinates: 52°29′40″N 1°56′27″W / 52.4944°N 1.9408°W / 52.4944; -1.9408
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Winson Green
Winson Green is located in West Midlands county
Winson Green
Winson Green
Location within the West Midlands
Metropolitan borough
Shire county
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtB18
Dialling code0121
List of places
West Midlands
52°29′40″N 1°56′27″W / 52.4944°N 1.9408°W / 52.4944; -1.9408

Winson Green is a loosely defined inner-city area in the west of the city of Birmingham, England. It is part of the ward of Soho.[1]

It is the location of HM Prison Birmingham[2] (known locally as Winson Green Prison or "the Green") and of City Hospital[3] (formerly Dudley Road Hospital)[4] as well as of the former All Saints' Hospital.[5]

The area has a diverse multi-racial population, including large Afro-Caribbean and Asian communities.[6] There is a nearby large Tesco supermarket and attached Victorian library, Spring Hill Library.

2011 rioting[edit]

The area was the scene of a riot on the evening of 9 August 2011,[7] one of many to hit England at the time.[8] Three men defending properties along Dudley Road were run over and killed by a car. They were Haroon Jahan (aged 21), Shahzad Ali (aged 30) and Abdul Musavir (aged 31).[9] The father of Jahan appeared on national television the following day and called for the rioting to stop.[10] The alleged driver and passengers of the car were later acquitted in Court.[11]

Benefits Street[edit]

One of its streets, James Turner Street, was the location of Benefits Street,[12] which caused controversy when it was broadcast in 2014 due to it showing a cannabis farm and instructions on how to avoid detection during shoplifting.[13]


Winson Green Outer Circle tram stop on West Midlands Metro Line 1.

The Birmingham Canal Navigations Main Line Canal[14] passes through the area, as does the former London, Midland & Scottish Railway main line between Birmingham and Wolverhampton. The West Midlands Metro has a stop at Winson Green Outer Circle,[15] connecting with West Midlands bus route 11.[16]

Railway stations which once served the area included Winson Green (built by the London & North Western Railway) and Soho & Winson Green (Great Western Railway). Both have since been demolished.



  1. ^ "Councillors' Advice Bureaux – Soho Ward – Birmingham City Council". GB-BIR: Government of the United Kingdom. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Winson Green". HMP Birmingham. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Birmingham City Hospital | Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals". Swbh.nhs.uk. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  4. ^ UK (4 August 2011). "City Hospital (formerly Dudley Road Hospital) – Birmingham City Council". GB-BIR: Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  5. ^ "All Saints' Hospital, Winson Green". County Asylums. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  6. ^ "PhpMyAdmin" (PDF).
  7. ^ Gall, Caroline (10 August 2011). "Riots: 'Tensions high' in Winson Green after deaths". BBC. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Winson Green riot death families hold peaceful protest". BBC. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Birmingham riots: Lawyers to review trial after three men killed by car". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Today – 'Anger won't bring my son back'". BBC News. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Eight men cleared of murder over Birmingham riot deaths". The Guardian. Press Association. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  12. ^ Paul Suart (6 January 2014). "Benefits Street TV show lied to us, say Winson Green residents". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  13. ^ Evans, Martin. "Police examine Benefits Street documentary after alleged criminal acts are broadcast". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  14. ^ "Waterway Gazetteer for Birmingham Canal Navigations (Old Main Line) – CanalPlanAC". Canalplan.org.uk. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  15. ^ "Metro Map". Network West Midlands. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  16. ^ "Winson Green, Outer Circle tram stop : Midland Metro". TheTrams.co.uk. 26 April 2004. Retrieved 7 January 2014.

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