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John Hemming
John HemmingJohn Hemming o/s Parliament
Parliamentary Candidate for Birmingham Yardley
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Yardley History

One thing that surprises many people about Yardley is that it used to be in Worcestershire.
Old Bill & Bull Pub

The pub called the Old Bill and Bull was built by Worcestershire County Council to try to keep Yardley in Worcestershire. Balanced against the King Edward Schools, however, it did not have the pulling power and Yardley moved into Birmingham in 1911.

This can be demonstrated by looking above the door of the pub where you will find three pears, the sign of Worcestershire, rather than Warwickshire's bear. The pears represent the Worcester Black Pear.

The River Cole is a traditional boundary of yardley being in 699 the boundary between Hwicca and Mercia.

In 1086 Gerlei (Yer-ley) appeared as a 'member' of Beoley, overseen by the same radman for the Abbot of Pershore. The vital statistics for both manors are given as one and cannot be separated, but in view of Yardley's greater size it is possible to claim for it a larger share of population and ploughland.

There were perhaps 60 people in the whole manor, of which about 600 acres (1/13) were under cultivation, the rest being meadow (much of it unusable bog) and wood which covered probably a third of the total area. Nothing can be said of Swanshurst Quarter except that it was fairly thickly wooded, especially on the valley sides, but this is known from geology and place-names not from Domesday Book.

The area of wood given therein was much more than the total acreage of both manors! Foundation dates of Yardley's early sites are not recoverable; there were four communal settlements including Greet in medieval times, but which of these existed in 1086 must remain unknown. Greet was like at least one of the others in having no nucleated hamlet, its farmers living in cottages about the edges of the open fields.

Domesday Manors Map

A good map that can be found in the Central Library.

This is a good domesday reference


Page last updated: 05 December 2012