Witton is an urban area in the city of Birmingham as part of the metropolitan county of the West Midlands. It traces its origins all the way back to the 11th century as the property of a landowner, with its ownership trading hands from noble to noble throughout its existence. It was once a part of the ancient parish of Aston in the historic county of Warwickshire.
As part of Birmingham’s role in England’s rise during the Industrial Revolution, Witton was once a key contributor to the city’s heavy industries. Engineering company IMI plc established a base in the area in the early 20th century, while The General Electric Co. Ltd. built a factory and employed 18,000 people in Witton.
Today, Witton is most famously known for its proximity to the stadium Villa Park where the Premier League football club Aston Villa F.C. calls home. Witton Lakes and the River Tame are two important bodies of water that are located in the area, with the former being a leisure destination while the latter serves as an important route for migratory birds.