Bartley Green District

History Group


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We hold Open Days on alternate months  throughout the year for our 'Friends' and their guests.

 The majority of our meetings are held in the Chouwen Centre at King Edward VI Five Ways School, Scotland Lane, Bartley Green. 

We have strong links with King Edward VI Five Ways School and the Woodgate Valley Country Park.  We also assist the Lapal Canal Trust with knowledge of the spoil heaps throughout the Country Park.

We work with local schools to promote local history in the district.

The Group has:-

Safeguarding Policy

Equal Opportunities Policy

Complaints Policy

Mailing Address:

c/o Woodgate Valley Country Park

Clapgate Lane


Birmingham B32 3DS





The Group has been in existence for over 24 years and has been going from strength to strength.  We were formerly known as The Woodgate & The Valley History Group and, having incorporated Bartley Green 'village' into our areas of research, renamed as Bartley Green District History Group in 2009.  We research the old villages/hamlets that surround The Woodgate Valley Country Park in Birmingham.  These villages are Woodgate, Moor Street, Kitwell, California and Bartley Green.  In between there is Woodgate Valley South.

The area, once part of Worcestershire, was on the boundaries of Shropshire and Staffordshire and was the most North West tip of the ancient parish of Northfield.  Amalgamated into Birmingham in 1911, it is now the south west edge of the city and is mostly swallowed up into the district known as Bartley Green.

As well as these villages we have worked with the then City Archaeologist, Mike Hodder, to help raise peoples awareness of the historical importance of the Woodgate Valley Country Park with its Medieval burnt mounds, moated sites, claypits and possible brick and tile kiln sites. The aim of our Group is to gather as much information as we can about our area and to share it with as many people as possible to preserve the history for future generations.

Our membership is made up of 'Friends' of Bartley Green District History Group and new 'Friends' are always welcome.  It is also a great pleasure to meet people at our meetings and to share our research with them.




Please visit our ongoing display at Woodgate Country Park Visitors Centre with different themes throughout the year




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