Moseley is a suburb of south Birmingham, England, 3 miles
(4.8 km) south of the city centre. The area is a popular
cosmopolitan residential location and leisure destination, with a
number of bars and restaurants. The area also has a number of
boutiques and other independent retailers.
It is located within the
Moseley and Kings Heath Ward
Moseley and Kings Heath Ward of the city, in
the constituency of Hall Green.
6 Notable residents
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Moseley was listed in the
Domesday Book of 1086 as Museleie.
St. Mary's Church, Moseley
St. Mary's Church, Moseley was licensed by the Bishop of Worcester
(authorised by Pope Innocent VII) in February 1405, and the 600th
anniversary was celebrated in 2005 with a series of special events. In
2012 the church bells which had been named as the worst sounding in
the country were replaced.
Moseley itself developed around a Victorian
shopping area known as
Moseley Hall was rebuilt in parkland in the late 1700s and rebuilt by
1795 after being set on fire during rioting in 1791. It was donated in
1891 to the City of
Birmingham by Richard Cadbury and now forms part
Moseley Hall Hospital.
Spring Hill College (
Moseley School), a
Gothic revival construction
built in 1857, is located in the south of the district. Former pupils
Jasper Carrott and musician
Bev Bevan of the Electric
St. Anne's Church, Moseley
St. Anne's Church, Moseley was opened in 1874.
Moseley was served by
Moseley railway station
Moseley railway station from 1867 to 1941. It
was opened by the
Midland Railway on the Camp Hill line. A previously
Moseley Station on the same line changed its name to Kings Heath
Station upon the opening of the station.
Moseley and the surrounding areas were much developed after 1910,
being built upon the once extensive farm land that was predominant in
this area. The new properties being mostly of large houses, designed
to cater for the Edwardian middle-class families that settled in the
suburbs surrounding Birmingham's industrial centre. These large houses
relied upon at least one servant or "tweeny" as they were often
termed, to help the lady of the house run the household. With the
advent of the First World War, staff were hard to find to maintain
houses of this size. The heating bills and high maintenance made them
unpopular after the war and many were split into flats to cater for
the requirements of the expanding working population who moved from
the city centre as extensive redevelopment took place in the 1960s.
In some respects
Moseley and the surrounding area suffered a serious
decline in the last part of the 20th century. Much property fell into
neglect, and problems with crime, drugs and prostitution became
commonplace in the areas bordering Balsall Heath. During this same
period, however, with a great deal of cheap accommodation on offer, it
is arguable that
Moseley also enjoyed its most creative and
cosmopolitan phase as the focus of artistic and student communities.
Moseley is one of the more affluent suburbs in Birmingham,
although parts of north
Moseley continue to suffer deprivation. The
area has a mixture of residential properties, with some streets being
among the most expensive in the city and others consisting largely of
social housing and other rented accommodation.
Ocean Colour Scene
Ocean Colour Scene flourished in the mid-1990s British
Britpop–indie scene with songs such as "The Riverboat Song",
inspired by locations within the suburb of Moseley. Their most
successful album (in terms of weeks on chart) was
Moseley is also the birthplace of
Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran.
The suburb is the spiritual home of the great
Moseley Rugby Football
Club, regular cup finalists in the 1970s and 80s, and still regularly
hosting one of the top 14 games in the country. Their new home is a
few yards from the
Moseley border at Billesley.
Joseph Chamberlain had his
Birmingham residence at
Highbury, on the edge of Moseley. The property was entrusted to the
city after Chamberlain's death and is currently used as a conference
venue and location for civil ceremonies.
J. R. R. Tolkien
J. R. R. Tolkien spent his early years in Moseley, living close to
Sarehole Mill in Hall Green.
Sarehole Mill is believed to have been
his inspiration for the tranquil Shire in The Lord of the Rings. He
also drew inspiration from
Moseley Bog for the landscape of
Planning permission has been acquired for the erection on Moseley
Green of a 20-foot (6.1 m) high statue of Treebeard, an
The Lord of the Rings, made by Tolkien's great-nephew, Tim Tolkien.
Jonathan Coe has drawn on
Moseley for inspiration,
including the suburb in scenes in his books The Rotters' Club and The
Moseley has a rich history of success in Rugby Union. Its most famous
Moseley Rugby Football Club, who were one of Europe's best
teams in the late 1960s to the 1980s. Notable players include Sam
Doble, J. F. Byrne, Peter Cranmer, Alain Rolland,
Mike Teague and
Moseley Wanderers team of 1900 won the
Silver Medal in the Rugby
Union competition at the 1900 Olympics.
Today, a monthly Farmers' Market in
Moseley - set up by the Moseley
Neighbourhood Forum- has won various awards including best FARMA
Certified Urban Farmers' Market 2009 and in 2009 local farmer Dominic
Butler won the Most Unique Produce award with his micro blue
Moseley has a well defined and established
community spirit and ethos, exemplified by
Moseley Neighbourhood Forum
- a neighbourhood forum - that works to develop the area for the
betterment of everyone. The
Moseley Society exists to protect the
heritage of the area; meetings of the Society discuss and debate a
wide range of local issues and the interests of its residents.
Moseley Community Development Trust (CDT) invests in the social
and physical capital of the area. Established with funding from
charitable trust funds and with the support of the
Moseley and Kings
Heath Ward Committee, the CDT is now managing a series of initiatives
to improve the environment of Moseley.
It has its own monthly magazine,
Moseley B13 (formerly
reporting on local events and personalities. It has been printing
since May 1973.
A group of volunteers have formed
Moseley in Bloom (MiB). Much like
Moseley Community Development Trust, the group undertake many
projects which look at the greener issues around Moseley. Many
projects take place throughout the year to enhance the landscape of
Moseley as well as renovate dilapidated areas.
Moseley Festival, a festival of arts and
culture that sees people in the community come together and hold a
series of music, art, food, cultural and sporting events.
Moseley Folk Festival happens later in the year, and attracts big
names from the world of folk. Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival
takes place in the park during the summer as well.
Moseley also has
its own literary festival, Pow-Wow LitFest, which has taken place
annually at the Prince of Wales pub since 2011.
Moseley is also home to many pubs, restaurants and cafés.
Moseley was named as the "best urban place to live" by The
Sunday Times, with the newspaper citing its 'Arts and Crafts',
'Bohemian culture' and 'Victorian Architecture' as reasons to live in
the suburb. This award followed its being highlighted by The
Guardian in 2013 as a place to move, with similar reasons being
The Guardian also pointed out that if HS2 is built it would
be the ideal place for a wealthy London worker to live.
Moseley has two secondary schools,
Moseley School, a language college
and Queensbridge School, an Arts College. It also has several Primary
schools such as
Moseley C of E Primary School a one form entry school
that has connections with St. Mary's Church and Park Hill Primary
School on Alcester Road.
Moseley is also home to Uffculme School, an all age special school for
children on the Autistic Spectrum.
Many people who have been born, lived or worked in
Moseley have made
important contributions, a few of the more high-profile ones are:
Kabir Ali, Worcestershire &
Edward Bach, Doctor, best known for developing a range of remedies
called the Bach flower remedies.
Dan Bull, Rapper and songwriter
Ali Campbell, Singer UB40
Austen Chamberlain, Statesman and
Nobel Peace Prize
Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Austen Chamberlain MP, Statesman, Lord Mayor of
Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister, MP and Lord Mayor of Birmingham
(declared World War II)
Carl Chinn, Historian, radio presenter, newspaper columnist, and media
Alan Cottrell, Metallurgist and physicist.
Fyfe Dangerfield, Musician, solo artist and lead singer of the
Roger Jon Ellory, Author
Simon Fowler, Musician and lead singer of Ocean Colour Scene
Frederick W. Lanchester, Pioneer of the motor car
Joanne Malin, TV presenter, co-presenter of Central Tonight
Herbert Mason MC, Film director, producer, actor, stage manager,
choreographer, production manager and army officer in World War
Nick Rhodes, Keyboardist for Duran Duran
Brian Travers, Saxophone UB40
J. R. R. Tolkien, Author of
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
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Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Moseley.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Moseley.
Moseley B13 community website
Moseley Forum - the neighbourhood forum for the village of Moseley
Moseley in Bloom -
Moseley volunteers growing a cleaner, greener
1890 Ordnance Survey map of
Moseley in the Domesday Book
Moseley Local History Group
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