Druids Heath

Druids Heath is an area of southern Birmingham, United Kingdom covering the south-west quadrant of the B14 postcode (west of the Maypole). Primarily known for the large council estate in the Brandwood ward of south Birmingham. The estate is situated on former farmland on the southern edge of Bells Lane with Druids Lane forming the eastern, southern and western border. When first planned, it was known as Bells Lane Phases 1 and 2 and was part of wider postwar plans for the development of the area to accommodate the growing population of the city. Nearby settlements include Kings Heath and Kings Norton; it used to be part of them.

Druids Heath
Druids Heath is located in West Midlands county
Druids Heath
Druids Heath
Location within the West Midlands
OS grid referenceSP076786
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBIRMINGHAM
Postcode districtB14
Dialling code0121
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UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
West Midlands
52°24′23″N 1°53′18″W / 52.406296°N 1.888328°W / 52.406296; -1.888328Coordinates: 52°24′23″N 1°53′18″W / 52.406296°N 1.888328°W / 52.406296; -1.888328

Part of Druids Heath was ranked as the most deprived area in Birmingham and in the top 50 most deprived areas in the country in the 2019 Multiple deprivation index.[1]

EtymologyEdit

The name Druids Heath was formerly Drews Heath named after a local family who farmed here until the mid-19th century. Drew's Farm stood at the junction of Druids Lane and Bells Lane near the Maypole. .[2]

PoliticsEdit

Druids Heath is in the local council ward of Brandwood, which is represented by Labour Councillors Mike Leddy, Barry Henley, and Eva Phillips. It is also in the parliamentary constituency of Selly Oak. Therefore, it is represented in the House of Commons by the Labour Member of Parliament (MP) Steve McCabe.

EducationEdit

The schools within the Druids Heath area are; The Baverstock Academy (closed 2017), Bells Farm Primary School, The Oaks Primary School and St. Jude's RC Junior and Infant School.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jackson, Carl (30 September 2019). "Deprived Druids Heath has always been 'at back of the queue'". Birmingham Live. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  2. ^ http://billdargue.jimdo.com/placenames-gazetteer-a-to-y/places-d/druids-heath/