Aston is a ward of Central Birmingham, in the West Midlands of
England. Commencing immediately to the north-east of the city centre,
Aston constitutes a ward within the metropolitan authority.
7 Places of interest
8 Notable residents
9 See also
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Church of SS Peter & Paul, Aston.
Aston was first mentioned in the
Domesday Book in 1086 as "Estone",
having a mill, a priest and therefore probably a church, woodland and
ploughland. The Church of Saints Peter and Paul was built in medieval
times to replace an earlier church. The body of the church was rebuilt
by J. A. Chatwin during the period 1879 to 1890; the 15th century
tower and spire, which was partly rebuilt in 1776, being the only
survivors of the medieval building.
The ancient parish of
Aston (known as
Aston juxta Birmingham) was
large. It was separated from the parish of
Birmingham by AB Row, which
currently exists in the Eastside of the city at just 50 yards in
length. It was partly included in the borough of
Birmingham in 1838,
and a further part,
Saltley was added in 1891.
Old buildings which became popular within
Aston included the Aston
Hippodrome and the Bartons Arms public house. Gospel Hall on Park Lane
was opened in 1892 and demolished in the 1970s to be rebuilt at the
top of Park Lane in 1979. The original hall had a seating capacity of
73. Another meeting place was the Ellen Knox Memorial Hall which was
next door to the Midland Vinegar Brewery. The brewery was owned by the
Midland Brewery Company was built around 1877. It was located on
Upper Thomas Street. The brewery was a three-storey brick building
with rounded corners and semi-circular windows. The roof was slated.
Other industry that was located in
Aston include the Premier Motor
Works which produced cars during the early 20th century. The works
were situated at the junction of
Aston Road and Dartmouth Street. On
Miller Street was a tramcar depot which had a storage capacity of 104
tramcars. It opened in 1904.
Aston University. Its campus is not in
Aston but far south of
Birmingham city centre.
Aston underwent large scale redevelopment following the Second World
Aston was designated a renewal area whilst a new town to
the west of this. This became "Newtown" and is a large estate
consisting of sixteen tower blocks, five of which have since been
demolished. The project was approved in 1968. Three 20-storey tower
blocks on the complex contained 354 flats alone.
Villa Park, home of
Aston Villa F.C.
Aston gives its name to
Aston Villa F.C.
Aston Villa F.C. and
(the campus of which is not in
Aston but to the far south of
Birmingham city centre).
Aston University is one of four universities
Aston Villa have played at
Villa Park since 1897, and
it has traditionally been one of the largest football grounds in
England that has staged many notable matches at club and international
level. The park has also hosted other sports and events including
international level rugby league and rugby union.This is one of the
main attractions in this town
Aston consists of terraced houses that were built around the
end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Some of
these houses were demolished in the late 1960s to make way for the
Aston Expressway, which links
Birmingham city centre to the M6
motorway. In the late 1950s,
Aston was the location of the famous
'Venus Baby' case of Cynthia Appleton (87 Fentham Road).
By the early 1980s,
Aston was suffering from severe deprivation with
many of the terraced houses being outdated for the requirements of the
time. Many of them lacked bathrooms and indoor toilets, whilst the
vast majority were suffering from decay as a result of a lack of
maintenance. There was speculation that the homes would be demolished,
Birmingham City Council made money available to the homeowners for
them to be brought up to modern standards.
The crime rate is higher than the city average and higher than the UK
average, and many high-profile incidents have been reported in
national news outlets. On 2 January 2003, gunmen shot at three
innocent teenage girls who were celebrating the New Year in the
[Birchfield] area of Aston. Two of the girls were killed and another
was seriously injured. More than 18 bullets were fired from at least
two weapons. Four men were later tried and found guilty of murder
in March 2005. Marcus Ellis (the half-brother of one of the two dead
girls), Nathan Martin and Michael Gregory were sentenced to life
imprisonment with recommended minimum terms of 35 years on two charges
of murder and three of attempted murder. A fourth man, Rodrigo Simms,
received life with a recommended minimum of 27 years for the same
crimes. A fifth defendant, Jermaine Carty, had walked free from
court after being cleared of possessing a firearm. The four men
convicted were members of a notorious local gang known as the Burger
Bar Boys, who had been trying to gain revenge on members of their
rival gang the Johnson Crew: a notorious local gang originating in the
Aston ward is represented by three Labour councillors.
Aston has adopted a Ward Support Officer with the current holder of
the title being Pat Whyte.
Aston railway station
The 2001 Population Census found that 27,917 people were living in
Aston with a population density of 4,185 people per km² compared with
3,649 people per km² for Birmingham. 50.4% of the population was
female and 49.6% was male. This was above and below the national and
city average respectively.
Aston has an area of 6.4 km²/ 451.5 hectares.
Aston is a very
diverse community, ethnically, with 70.6% (19,030) of the area's
population being of an ethnic minority compared with 29.6% for
Birmingham. 36.9% of the population was born outside the United
Kingdom, over double the city average of 16.5% and nearly four times
the national average of 9.3%. The largest ethnic group was Asian at
49.8%. More specifically, the Pakistani ethnic group was the largest
at 27.2%. White British was the second largest ethnic group at 26.00%
and Black British was third with 21.51%. The smallest broad ethnic
group was Chinese and Other at 2.2%, double the city average of 1.1%.
Islam was the most prominent religion in the ward with 44.3% of the
ward's population stating themselves as Muslim. Christianity was the
second most prominent religion in
Aston at 32.4%.
The ethnic make-up of the area drastically changed in the 1950s and
1960s with immigration from the Commonwealth. Most of the immigrants
were from the Indian subcontinent, though a significant number were
from the Caribbean.
The A38 motorway
A total 99% of the residents lived in households, above the city
average of 98.3% and the national average of 98.2%. 1% lived in
communal establishments. There was a total of 9,939 occupied
Aston at the time of the census resulting in an average
of 2.8 people per household, above the city average of 2.5 and the
national average of 2.4. 37.7% of households were owner occupied,
below the city average of 60.4%. 33.5% of households were rented from
Birmingham City Council, above the city average of 19.4%. 454
households were stated as being vacant. 41.7% of the total households
were stated as terraced, above the city average of 31.3%. 28.2% of
households were stated as purpose built blocks of flats, just over
double the national average of 14%.
11.6% of the population was of a pensionable age, below the city
average of 16.7% and the national average of 18.4%. 57.7% were of a
working age, below both the city and national average. The largest age
group in the ward was 25–44 at 28.1%, compared with the city average
of 28.3%. This age group is also the largest for
Birmingham and the
46.7% of the residents were in full-time employment, below the city
average of 59.9% and the national average of 61%. At 20.6%,
an above average unemployment rate with the city average being 9.5%
and the national average 5%. 35% were in long term unemployment, below
the city average of 36.3% but above the national average of 30.3%.
20.2% had never worked. The manufacturing industry provided the most
employment to the ward at 18.2%.
King Edward VI Aston
King Edward VI Aston School
There are three secondary schools in Aston: Broadway School (Broadway
also has a campus in Perry Barr),
King Edward VI Aston
King Edward VI Aston and
School. There are seven primary schools:
Aston Tower Community Primary
School, Birchfield Community School, Lozells Junior & Infant &
Nursery School, Manor Park Primary School, Mansfield Green Community
School, Sacred Heart Cathlolic Primary School, Prince Albert Junior
and Infant School and Yew Tree Community School.
Aston is currently
Aston Library though the Library may be cut,
Council blames lack of funding from the Central government.
Aston Cross was once the home of Ansells Brewery and HP Sauce. The
Aston site was purchased by developer Chancerygate in 2007 at
£800,000 per acre, but they subsequently sold it for half that price
and it now houses a distribution warehouse for East End Foods. There
is a campus of City College,
Aston Manor Brewery was
started in Thimblemill Lane in 1982 by former employees of Ansell's
Aston Brewery closed.
From 1956 to 1969,
Aston Cross was the Midlands base of television
broadcaster ATV which had its Alpha Studios on
Aston Road North. The
ATV office building later became the studios of radio stations BRMB
and XTRA-AM. Although both stations moved to Birmingham's Broad Street
in the early 1990s, the building is still called Radio House.
Launching in February 1974, BRMB was the UK's fourth commercial radio
station and, while in Aston, was the most listened to station in the
Places of interest
Aston Villa Football Club and Villa Park
King Edward VI Aston
Former Norton motorcycle factory
Church of SS Peter & Paul, Aston
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All the original members of the heavy metal band
Black Sabbath were
born and raised in the
Aston area: Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Bill
Ward and Geezer Butler.
Victor Johnson, (1883–1951) was a track cycling racer who, in 1908,
won a gold medal at the Olympics, became 'World Amateur Sprint
Champion' and the 'British National Quarter-mile Champion'.
The author Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle
Arthur Conan Doyle worked in the area for a short
John Benjamin Stone, a politician and prolific photographer, was born
Aston and inherited his father's local glass manufacturing
Albert Ketèlbey, composer, conductor and pianist, was born in Aston
on 9 August 1875.
Jamelia lived for a short period in Aston.
Leicester City F.C.
Leicester City F.C. winger
Lloyd Dyer was born in
Gustard was also a resident.
Birmingham Ward population 2011". Retrieved 14 December 2015.
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^ Astonbrook through Astonmanor:
Aston Development Archived 27
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^ BGFL: Redevelopment and Renewal
^ Emporis: Newtown,
Birmingham Archived 30 September 2007 at the
^ "Gunmen fired more than 30 shots". BBC News. 3 January 2003.
Retrieved 1 August 2008.
^ Parker, Andrew (21 May 2007). "Burger Bar killers jailed". The Sun.
^ "Four jailed for New Year killings". BBC News. 21 March 2005.
^ "Background: How the Burger Bar Boys and the Johnson crew came to
Birmingham City Council – Councillors by ward".
Birmingham libraries facing closure because of budget cuts
The City of
Birmingham Baths Department 1851 – 1951, J. Moth, 1951
2001 Population Census information: Ward profiles
Birmingham City Council:
The History Of
Government of Birmingham
Birmingham council constituencies and wards
Moseley and Kings Heath
Lozells and East Handsworth
Sutton Four Oaks
Sutton New Hall