A History of BIRMINGHAM Places & Placenames


from A to Y

From Acoks Green to the Yenton, from Ashstead to Gyrdleahe, from Hasfurlong to Yorks Wood, here is the story of Birmingham's places and placenames from A to Y, many of them dating back over a thousand years. Here are their meanings and a history of their localities. There are suggested places to visit and sights to see, historical overviews, a glossary with local examples and a very extensive list of weblinks.


All pages have interactive Google Maps with Street View. If you lose the original focus of the map, press function key F5 on your keyboard to refresh. The map will recentre on its original location. Unfortunately, Google have recently changed the way their maps work and they don't show my markers in the way they used to.

Many pages link to the 1921 Ordnance Survey Popular Edition maps on Andrew Rowbottom's Old Ordnance Survey Maps website.