Situated five miles to the northeast of Birmingham, Erdington has a population of approximately 23,000 inhabitants. It developed as a village in the ninth century and the land was given to a man named Peter de Erdington. The Domesday Book mentions the area under the name of Hardintone, under the ownership of Peter.
Erdington continued to develop as an area, despite being badly affected by the plague, and grew from a population of 700 in the mid-1700s to 2,000 in 1832. It was incorporated into the expanding city of Birmingham in 1911. Despite strong commercial development, the area retains a village feel, with its high street and parish church.
Changes in the architecture and character of Erdington have been documented through postcards printed over the past decades. These include Erdington High Street in 1905, Erdington Green, Sutton New Road in 1943 and the Birmingham Suburbs. These images of Erdington truly document a bygone era and serve to remind all who live there about the areaâs rich history.