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Taylor's Bridge in Minworth

Minworth is a village contiguous with Sutton Coldfield on the northeastern outskirts of Birmingham, West Midlands. It is located near Walmley, Wishaw, Curdworth, Erdington, Water Orton, Thimble End, and Castle Vale.


A large Asda Supercentre is situated on the Minworth border with Walmley. This opened on 3 May 1977 as a Carrefour hypermarket,[1] before being taken over by the Dee Corporation that owned Gateway Foodmarkets and the larger Gateway Superstores in 1987. Since late 1989 it has been an Asda hypermarket, which after Asda was taken over by Walmart in 1999 was branded as an Asda Wal*Mart Supercentre in 2001. By 2007, however, the building was becoming outdated and Asda decided to rebuild it, but after haggling with the local authority Asda decided against this due to the costs demanded for environmental incentives and planning conditions deemed to be excessive by the company. The original store still remains there today.[2] However, the interior of the store was completely remodelled and more or less rebuilt. The exterior was also refreshed and from 2008, the store signage was changed to Asda Supercentre„ and the Walmart branding was removed.

The site has a Wickes DIY store. There is also a B&M Bargains store overlooking the adjacent site and a Screwfix opposite. Minworth has two pubs: The Hare and Hounds and The Boat, which lie on the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal. Minworth Social Club is on Water Orton Lane offers bed and breakfast accommodation as well as social club facilities. Minworth Convenience is a small local shop on Kingsbury Road and opposite this is Mansells offering MOTs and repair services for motorcycles, bicycles and lawnmowers. Motorcycle training is provided by Spirit Rider on the Kingsbury Road and further motorcycle repair services are provided by Flying on Wings Motorcycle Repair, which is adjacent. Also nearby are: Chili Spice Indian takeaway and Hullternative environmental services.

On Forge Lane and Maybrook Road there are industrial units including: Selecta (vending); steelworks; Cooke & Son (furniture); Speedy (hire); Safestyle UK and Selco (building). At Midpoint Park there are premises for: The Works (books); Cadbury; Hozelock (hoses) and a paper company. There is also an American Auto Center offering specialist services for US vehicles.

Water treatment works[edit]

Minworth Sewage Treatment Works, east of the village, is Severn Trent's largest treatment works, treating the waste from the equivalent of 1.7 Million people from across Birmingham and the Black Country. The site includes a digester plant to generate biogas, fuelling the plant.[3]


Minworth's name probably came from Mynna's Estate. Minworth and Curdworth both originated in the 6th or 7th centuries, being established by Angle settlers, and are historically associated with the Arden family (William Shakespeare's maternal relations). Peddimore Hall is a double-moated farmstead and can be associated with the Ardens from 1298 until 1659. The present farmhouse can be dated to the 16th century.

Minworth was originally a hamlet in the parish of Curdworth in the hundred of Hemlingford.[4] Minworth then became a civil parish in the Castle Bromwich Rural District of Warwickshire from 1894 to 1912, then becoming part of the Meriden Rural District. In 1931 the parish was abolished, with the populated parts being split between Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham, and an area of unpopulated land going to Castle Bromwich parish.[5]

Plans to revitalise Minworth in the past have met with a cool reception. A council plan aimed to construct new housing, shops and encourage new industry into the area. However, residents did not back the plan as they wanted Minworth to remain the same. Another plan to develop an 11-acre (4.5 ha) patch of land into a canal-side marina also met with disapproval from residents, who did not want the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal to become a busy area.[6]

Public transport[edit]

Minworth's main public transport links consist of the one bus line that serves the village (route 167)[7] and the 5 bus routes that serve the ASDA (routes X4, 71, 75, 167 & 168).[8][9][10] All bus routes serve Sutton Coldfield with the 71 to Chelmsley Wood, X4 to Wylde Green, Erdington and Birmingham and routes 167 & 168 to Erdington.


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Coordinates: 52°31′52.05″N 1°46′37.96″W / 52.5311250°N 1.7772111°W