A Brief History
There has been a village at Erdington since before Saxon times. By 1066 Erdington belonged to the estates of Edwin, Earl of Mercia , and many of the familiar thorough fares we know today were in place. Kingsbury Road and Chester Road were part of an important network of routes that were essential for trade and survival to the village's Norman inhabitants.
The powerful De Erdington family came to prominence around 1166 when Henry obtained the manorial rights from Gervais Pagenal of Dudley, thus beginning a long association between Erdington and the De Erdington family which lasted until 1467, when the family died out. Their tomb can still be seen today at Aston parish church.
During the subsequent years the manor of Erdington changed hands many times, the Duke of Clarence and Sir Thomas Holte from the famous Holte family of Aston Hall being among the more notable landowners.
Erdington Hall was built in the mid 1600s and was the manor house for Erdington until its demolition in 1912 to make way for the construction of the Tyburn Road. The prominent owners of the Hall included the Jennens family who lived there until the eighteenth century, Sir Lister Holte and William Wheelwright, who is believed to have given his name to Wheelwright Road.
Erdington was very much a rural area until recent times. In the mid eighteenth century it had a population of under 700 and consisted of 40 farms, 96 cottages, 2 smithies and a shop. The arrival of the canals at the end of the century encouraged some industrial development but the nineteenth century introduction of the railways was the spur to Erdington's suburban growth, seeing the population increase to 9,262 by 1891.
Welcome to the Erdington Town Centre web site. We hope you will find these pages a useful guide to what’s going on in the town, as well as being a celebration of our progress.
There has been an established community here for over a thousand years, and, in the spirit of such progress, Erdington became a Business Improvement District (BID) in 2007 to help local businesses to face the modern challenges of globalisation, out-of-town shopping centres, and e-bay!
The BID was renewed for a further 5 years in November 2011.
On this site you will find more detail about the BID, a bit of history, and some business opportunities if you want to invest in, and become part of Erdington.