Place:Yardley, Worcestershire, England

NameYardley
TypeFormer parish
Coordinates52.4647°N 1.8127°W
Located inWorcestershire, England     ( - 1912)
Also located inWarwickshire, England     (1912 - 1974)
West Midlands     (1974 - )
See alsoHalfshire (hundred), Worcestershire, Englandhundred of which the parish was a part
Yardley Rural, Worcestershire, Englandrural district in which the parish was located 1894-1912
Birmingham, Warwickshire, Englandcity into which it was absorbed in 1912
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Yardley is an area in east Birmingham, England. It is also a council constituency, managed by its own district committee.

Birmingham Yardley is a constituency and its Member of Parliament is John Hemming.

History

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Yardley is not a town. Yardley is named in the Domesday Book and was referred to as early as 972 in King Edgar's Charter where it is named Gyrdleah. It was mentioned as being under the possession of Pershore Abbey.

The parish of Yardley, historically part of Worcestershire, became the only parish in the Yardley Rural District under the Local Government Act 1894, and was added to Birmingham and Warwickshire in 1911.[1] The ancient parish of Yardley included the areas known as Stechford and Hall Green. The area of Gilbertstone straddles the border of Yardley and South Yardley.

Yardley has a Tudor hall called Blakesley Hall and an old church, St Edburgha's, that dates back to the 13th century, with the church tower and spire dating to the 15th century. It was not established by the abbey, but by Aston Church in the Diocese of Lichfield. A Tudor addition to the church is a doorway surrounded by Tudor roses and a pomegranate, commemorating the marriage of Prince Arthur, Prince of Wales, to Catherine of Aragon.

Yardley had a manor that was owned by various lords. It remained unoccupied from 1700 onwards. It was owned by the Royal Family until 1626, when it was bought by Richard Grevis of Moseley Hall. His descendants sold it in 1759 to pay off debts. John Taylor, one of the founders of Lloyds Bank, bought the lordship in 1766. Most of the land, had by then, been purchased by other people so Taylor owned only a small portion of the original grounds.[2]

A small amount of Yardley, called Old Yardley, was granted conservation area status in 1969, becoming Birmingham's first conservation area.

In 1981, an Arcon V prefab home on Moat Lane was dismantled and transported to Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings.

Yardley also contains a moated medieval site called "Kent's Moat". Now dry, it has retained its depth and shape remarkably well considering its age, as excavations have shown evidence of inhabitation from as early as the 12th century.


A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Yardley from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"YARDLEY, a parish in the [registration] district of Solihull and county of Worcester; 4 miles E of Birmingham. It contains Stechford [railway] station in the N, and Acocks-Green [railway] station in the S; is traversed by the Warwick and Birmingham canal; and has a post-office under Birmingham. Acres: 7,355. Real property: £25,252. Population in 1851: 2,753; in 1861: 3,848. Houses: 775. The manor has belonged since 1768 to the family of Taylor. There are many good residences. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Worcester. Value: £625. Patron: Mrs. M. Severne. The church is good and has a tower and spire. The [perpetual] curacy of Marston and the vicarages of Yardley-Wood and Acocks-Green are separate benefices; and the first and the second have been separately noticed; while the third was constituted so late as 1867. A handsome new Independent chapel, with tower and spire, is at Acocks-Green; another Independent chapel is at Rushall-Lane; the Independent theological college, noticed in our article on Moseley, is at Wake-Green; and there are an endowed grammar-school with £100 a year, another endowed school with £70, a national school, and charities about £800.

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