Marston Green is a village in the civil parish of Bickenhill and Marston Green, in the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull in the West Midlands. It lies within the historic county of Warwickshire. The Parish which includes the village had a population of 7,432 in the 2021 Census.[1]

Marston Green
The Marston Green Tavern, prior to a recent refurbishment
Marston Green is located in West Midlands county
Marston Green
Marston Green
Location within the West Midlands
Civil parish
Metropolitan borough
Shire county
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtB37, B40
Dialling code0121
PoliceWest Midlands
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UK Parliament
List of places
West Midlands
52°27′54″N 1°44′24″W / 52.465°N 1.740°W / 52.465; -1.740

Situated at the eastern fringe of the West Midlands conurbation, the village is adjacent to Birmingham Airport and the National Exhibition Centre. Marston Green railway station lies on the Birmingham loop of the West Coast Main Line railway and is served by West Midlands Trains local services to Birmingham and Coventry, and a small number of semi-fast services to Northampton and London Euston. Notable features of the area include a number of shops, the Marston Green Tavern, St Leonards Church and Marston Green Infant and Junior schools. It is also home to the long established sports clubs of Marston Green Tennis Club (Est 1923) and Marston Green Cricket Club (Est. 1926).



Marston Green began as a small village surrounded by agricultural land in the estate of Coleshill[2] at this time, the village was known as Merstone[3] The village grew into a leafy suburb in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, due to the construction of many detached and semi-detached homes in the 1930s, which were typical of many suburban homes in the area. The growth of homes here was encouraged by the presence of a rail station. Following the expansion of the nearby Birmingham Airport, the construction of the National Exhibition Centre and the local housing estate of Chelmsley Wood, Marston Green has grown largely into a commuter village with many of its residents working in Solihull and Birmingham.

There was a Canadian air force base in Marston Green during the Second World War. Afterwards, the buildings were used as a maternity hospital and then a psychiatric hospital, then were demolished in the 1990s.[4]

Famous people


Professional footballer, Terry Cooke who has played for Manchester United and Manchester City was born in the village on 5 August 1976.

Miles Hunt, lead singer of The Wonder Stuff, lived in Marston Green with his parents and brother in the 1970s and 1980s.

Stewart Talbot, professional footballer for Port Vale and Brentford, amongst others.

Frankie Bunn who played for Luton, Hull City and Oldham and holds the record for the most goals scored in one game.

Singer Dave Willetts was born in Marston Green on 24 June 1952 and brought up in Acocks Green.[5]

Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath was born in the village on 3 December 1948.

David Willey, "Mad Scientist" on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, was born in the village police station, where his father was the policeman, on 4 November 1947.


  1. ^ "Bickenhill and Marston Green (Parish, United Kingdom) - Population Statistics, Charts, Map and Location". Retrieved 10 December 2023.
  2. ^ "Marston Green history". Retrieved 10 December 2023.
  3. ^ "Marston Green history". Retrieved 10 December 2023.
  4. ^ "History". Bickenhill & Marston Green Parish Council. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  5. ^ Jones, Alison (31 May 2013). "Willetts still on song". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 24 March 2018.