Quinton, Birmingham

Quinton, situated in the west of Birmingham, is a ward that is approximately 5 miles from Birmingham city centre. From the Amber Tavern to Quinton church, the left-hand (southern) side of the Hagley Road is part of the city of Birmingham. The right-hand (northern) side is part of the metropolitan borough of Sandwell (which is considered part of the Black Country rather than Birmingham). Quinton, along with Bartley Green, Harborne and Edgbaston are a part of the Birmingham Edgbaston constituency. The whole of Quinton is covered by the B32 postal district.

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Hagley Road West, Quinton
Quinton is located in West Midlands county
Location within the West Midlands
Population24,174 (2011 Ward)[1]
OS grid referenceSO990846
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBirmingham
Postcode districtB32
Post townOldbury
Postcode districtB68
Dialling code0121
PoliceWest Midlands
FireWest Midlands
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
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West Midlands
52°28′N 2°00′W / 52.46°N 2.00°W / 52.46; -2.00Coordinates: 52°28′N 2°00′W / 52.46°N 2.00°W / 52.46; -2.00


Quinton borders the Birmingham suburbs of Harborne and Bartley Green, the area of Brandhall in Sandwell, and is separated by the M5 motorway from the town of Halesowen in Dudley. It covers an area of 4.8 square kilometres (2 sq mi); its population was recorded in the 2001 UK census as 23,084, though its boundaries have since expanded slightly. The eastern parts of it were formerly known as Ridgacre, with Quinton or "The Quinton" being the area now around the church.

The top of the spire of the (Church of England) Christ Church is the highest point of any building in Birmingham. The escarpment a little to the west also forms part of the national watershed, dividing the catchment areas of the River Severn and the River Trent.

The largest open space is Woodgate Valley Country Park, through which the Bourne Brook flows, dividing Quinton from Woodgate, South Woodgate and Bartley Green.


Before the Church was built, it was part of the ancient parish of Halesowen and was largely owned in medieval times by the wealthy abbey at Lapal near Halesowen. The parish was generally known as Ridgacre until 1901, and formed, with the most of rest of Halesowen parish, a detached part of Shropshire until moving to Worcestershire in 1844.[2] The area had developed along the Kidderminster and Birmingham Road, which had been turnpiked.

In the 1840s, it was mentioned, then called The Quinton, that there were two small coal mines in the area and that the inhabitants were employed in nail manufacturing. Christ Church was constructed in 1840 at a cost of £2,500.[3]

Though this area (including the Christ Church and its associated primary school) dates back to the Victorian era, and Quinton was formally removed from Worcestershire and incorporated into the county borough of Birmingham, in Warwickshire, on 9 November 1909; a tree was planted by Birmingham's Lord Mayor in Quinton Recreation Ground to commemorate the centenary. Quinton remained in character a village rather than a suburb until the large-scale private housing development of the 1930s.

Factory developments were not planned for the area as a result of objections by residents of Edgbaston to the possibility of fumes being blown over to their area by the wind.

The expanded Quinton of that time was fictionalised as "Tilton" by Francis Brett Young in his novel Mr & Mrs Pennington.

Quinton became, with the rest of Birmingham, part of the metropolitan county of the West Midlands on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972.

Population and housingEdit

The 2001 Population Census recorded that 23,084 people were living in Quinton. 14.5% (3,301) of the ward's population consisted of ethnic minorities compared with 29.6% for Birmingham. 71.7% of the population of Quinton stated Christianity as their religion.

Much of Quinton's housing on the Ridgacre estate consists of medium-sized private semi-detached houses from the 1930s and 1940s. Construction of the housing estate was halted during World War II. In the 1950s, council houses typical of the period were built in the remaining spaces. There is a concentration of low-rise council housing on the Woodgate Valley estate, and higher-rise blocks on the Welsh House Farm estate, though this was designated until 2004 as part of Harborne. The older part of Quinton, the original Quinton village in the area around the C of E church on Hagley Road known as The Quinton, is built largely of Victorian terraced houses and contains, on High Street, the Nailers Cottage which is the oldest building in the area. The area is almost entirely residential, though there are typical small local service businesses and an office park has recently been developed on the Quinton Meadows site adjacent to the motorway.


Quinton ward is currently represented by two Labour councillors on Birmingham City Council; Kate Booth, and former leader of the council John Clancy.

The ward of Quinton forms part of Birmingham Edgbaston (UK Parliament constituency) along with Bartley Green, Edgbaston and Harborne, which has been represented by Labour Co-operative MP Preet Gill since 2017.

Public servicesEdit

Quinton has one secondary school, Four Dwellings Academy and five primary schools; Quinton C of E, Worlds End Primary School, Woodhouse Primary School, Welsh House Farm Community School and Four Dwellings Primary Academy.

The area is served by Quinton Library.[4]


Quinton is home to two amateur football teams, Quinton Magpies and Quinton Rangers, both play in the Warley and District Football League. A healthy local rivalry has been built up over several years.

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ "Birmingham Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  2. ^ Vision of Britain: Relationships/ unit history of Quinton Archived 1 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Quadring - Quy". British-history.ac.uk.
  4. ^ "Quinton Library". Birmingham.gov.uk. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  5. ^ Post, Birmingham (14 February 2011). "Adrian Chiles pays off ex-wife after banking £6m ITV deal". Birminghampost. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Bill Oddie Episode Guide - Who Do You Think You Are Magazine". Whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.

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