We hold Open Days on alternate months throughout the
year for our 'Friends' and
The majority of our meetings are held in the Chouwen
at King Edward VI Five Ways School, Scotland Lane, Bartley
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.
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c/o Woodgate Valley Country Park
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
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
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.