Harborne is an area three miles southwest of Birmingham, England. Harborne’s unique appeal must lie in the fact that it still has a ‘village’ feel. Small enough to feel like an urban village yet important enough to attract some of Britain’s most coveted trading names into its high street.
People have dubbed Harborne as ‘Birmingham’s little Chelsea’ with its smart rows of Victorian terraces, fine Georgian Houses and a host of independent High Street traders from ironmongers to fashionable boutiques.
In 1898 Queens Park was bought by the local populace to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
St Peter’s Church is located on a site that is believed to have had a church on since Saxon times. The tower dates from the 14th century and the current body of the church is from Victorian era. Inside the church are the remains of the iron work on the grave of A F Hill 1883 who made the gates to the Houses of Parliament.
Indeed, Harborne was once home to the world’s greatest toymaker – Chad Valley from its Rose Road base, where it was appointed Toymaker to her Majesty the Queen in 1938.
Harborne’s most notable residents include landscape painter David Cox.