Winson Green

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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 very multi-racial population, with 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]


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 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". 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". 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". 26 April 2004. Retrieved 7 January 2014.

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Coordinates: 52°29′40″N 1°56′27″W / 52.4944°N 1.9408°W / 52.4944; -1.9408