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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.
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