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 sights to see,

historical overviews, a glossary with local examples and a very extensive list of weblinks.

Google Maps content is not displayed due to your current cookie settings. Click on the cookie policy (functional) to agree to the Google Maps cookie policy and view the content. You can find out more about this in the Google Maps privacy policy.


All pages have interactive Google Maps with Street View. Many pages also link to Ordnance Survey Popular Edition maps 1921 on Andrew Rowbottom's Old Ordnance Survey Maps website. These used to link to a modern Google map, but no longer do so - use the slider at the bottom to remove Google's blank in the middle.

Click the following link if you haven't yet discovered the National Library of Scotland's collection of georeferenced Ordnance Survey Maps - you're in for a treat. The OS 25 inch 1892-1914 maps are a joy!  Click here for their main maps menu.

And do have a look at the Birmingham Historic Environment Record in map form.