Kings Norton's hidden delights revealed

By on 03/05/2013 in Cllr Ali, News

The rich and varied story of Kings Norton is to be unveiled in a new leaflet, to be launched at:

St Nicolas' Place, 81 The Green, Kings Norton, Birmingham, B38 8RU

Tuesday May 7th, 1:00 pm

The 'Canals, Roads, Rivers and Railways' guide highlights Kings Norton's wealth of fascinating history, as well as its abundance of little-known, charming wildlife havens.

The leaflet - the first in a series of 'Kings Norton Trails' leaflets - is produced by Lifford Business Association in partnership with Birmingham City Council, Centro and local organisations. It's centrepiece is a 4.5-mile walking tour through the conservation area, featuring the unique, independent businesses that help to give the area its special identity.

Kings Norton - meaning 'the King's north town' - was crown property until 1804 when it was purchased by John Taylor of Moseley Hall.

A number of buildings of historic interest surround Kings Norton Green: St Nicolas' Church, dating back to the 13th century, and the 15th century timber-framed Old Grammar School which, with The Saracen's Head, won the BBC Restoration competition in 2004.

Councillor Tahir Ali, Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Development, Jobs and Skills, said, “I'm very pleased that the real depth of King Norton's past and present  is being highlighted in this leaflet. The area has a great deal to offer local people and visitors: history, heritage, local trails through green space, and an array of unique businesses.  It's also an excellent example of partnership working, supporting local businesses to create this useful and informative leaflet and boost the area”.

Robert Grosvenor, chairman of the Lifford Business Association said:”It has been a pleasure to work with our partners to realise the first of a series of trail maps. It has bought the community and local businesses together to celebrate a beautiful and historic area that has been hidden away for many years.  This strong partnership will help to shape the future of the area to deliver a prosperous and sustainable local centre.”

The leaflets cost £1 and are available from Kings Norton Library and the Marketing Birmingham Visitor Centre in New Street.

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Note to editors

The Kings Norton Trail leaflets have been produced by Lifford Business Association in partnership with Kings Norton History Society, Friends of Kings Norton Nature Reserve, Friends of Kings Norton Park, The Friends of Historic Kings Norton and Kings Norton Photographic Society.

The leaflets are also supported by Centro and Birmingham City Council. Artwork for the Trail project is kindly supplied by Oliver Blackburn, a young local artist.

For more information about the Kings Norton Trails leaflet please contact Steve McCarthy in the Press Office on 0121 303 3287

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