Erdington is a suburb and ward of Birmingham in the West Midlands. It houses over 22,000 residents. Tracing its origins all the way back to before the Saxons came to England, Erdington has a rich history of political activity, from royals taking control of the area to its many district changes in the modern period.
The area was formerly known as Hardintone when it was mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1066, when it once served as a small farm land for corn milling and as a trade route. Ownership of the land changed hands between Norman barons, earls, and powerful English families.
Today, it serves as a key transport hub for Birmingham, where Britain’s longest bridge, Bromford Viaduct, begins. The Gravelly Hill Interchange, which is more commonly known as Spaghetti Junction for its twisting complex design, highlights Erdington’s importance in connecting the ward to Birmingham and the Aston Expressway. It has also transitioned from being an industrial centre, with tyre company Dunlop Rubber once employing over 10,000 people in Fort Dunlop, to becoming a commercial centre, with Erdington High Street taking the spotlight.