Balsall Common

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Balsall Common is a moderately-sized village and one of the larger rural settlements in the borough of Solihull, nestling between the cities of Coventry and Birmingham to which it serves as a commuter village in the West Midlands. It is currently undergoing rapid suburbanisation.

The village is split between the civil parishes of Balsall (which also includes Balsall Street, Temple Balsall, Fen End, and Chadwick End, and has a population of 6,234 (2001 census)), and the parish of Berkswell.

The village is of recent origin; most of the houses and shops were built in the 20th century. Previously, the village consisted of a couple of hamlets of about 6 to 12 houses each and a few scattered cottages - as this map of 1889 shows. In the 1930s there began the development which linked these isolated buildings, but it was not until after World War II that the village really began to grow.

It is served by a railway station on the Coventry-Birmingham line. The station is called Berkswell after a much older, and now smaller, village to the north. It has two schools, one primary and one secondary. Nearby towns and villages include Kenilworth, Hampton-in-Arden, Meriden and Stratford-upon-Avon.

"Balsall Common" - Google News
Balsall Common teenager left paralysed after tree fall in fundraising push - Coventry Observer
Balsall Common teenager left paralysed after tree fall in fundraising push  Coventry Observer

A BALSALL Common teenager who has been left paralysed after falling from a tree is fundraising for vital equipment. Xander Van Der Poll was taking a study ...

Location, Location, Location fans fume over ungrateful couple with £800,000 budget - Mirror Online
Location, Location, Location fans fume over ungrateful couple with £800,000 budget  Mirror Online

Vets Sam and Andy rejected a five-bedroom Grade II listed building because it didn't have enough room for a playpen.

Residents to have their say on blueprint for Berkswell - Coventry Telegraph
Residents to have their say on blueprint for Berkswell  Coventry Telegraph

The Berkswell Neighbourhood Development Plan sets out policy for new homes, parking and green spaces.

Solihull's new leader speaks about the changes ahead - Birmingham Live
Solihull's new leader speaks about the changes ahead  Birmingham Live

Preparing for the arrival of high speed rail, tackling climate change and trying to reduce Solihull's gulf in living standards are among the key issues facing the ...

HS2 boss says future generations will be GRATEFUL if controversial rail project built - Birmingham Live
HS2 boss says future generations will be GRATEFUL if controversial rail project built  Birmingham Live

HS2 Ltd chief executive Mark Thurston said the UK must hold its nerve over the high-speed railway scheme.

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