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Edgbaston – traditionally has a reputation for being one of the most upmarket parts of Birmingham. In the19th Century, the area was under the control of the Gough-Calthorpe family who refused to allow factories or warehouses to be built in Edgbaston, thus making it an attractive residential district. Edgbaston is home to the University of Birmingham.

J R R Tolkien lived in Edgbaston during his teenage years, and the two towers of Edgbaston, Perrott’s Folly and the Waterworks Tower, both close to the Oratory, are said the have provided inspiration for part of his The Lord of the Rings novel.

Public gardens located within Edgbaston include the Birmingham Botanical gardens.

Warwickshire County Cricket Club is based in Edgbaston. As well as hosting regular county matches, the ground often plays host to the England cricket team during one day internationals and test matches.

Famous residents include:-

Nick Mason – Pink Floyd drummer was born in Edgbaston

J R R Tolkien also lived here for a period of time in his younger life

Neville Chamberlain – former British Prime Minister was born in a house called Southborne in Edgbaston

Sir Rowland Hill – (postal reformer) lived at 146 Hagley Road (house now demolished)

John Henry Newman lived at the Birmingham Oratory, Hagley Road.

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