Sheltered under the ancient St Alphege Church, the original village name was a derivative of Soily Hill. St Alphege still stands, magnificent at the top of the hill. A short distance along the High Street, now pedestrianised, is the Manor House which, along with many older buildings, has survived the tremendous re-developments of the town centre over the years. First came Mell Square and then Touchwood. The town centre now boasts two large department stores, alongside a fantastic choice of other stores and leisure facilities.
Complementing these developments are the excellent transport links. Solihull Station offers main line commuter services between London and Birmingham. A short distance from the town centre is access to the M42 motorway, which provides links to the M5, M6 and M40 motorways and access to Birmingham International Airport and Railway Station, the National Exhibition Centre and National Motorcycle Museum.
Solihull also has a thriving business community, both in the town centre and on a choice of expanding business parks, which are sited within easy reach of central Solihull.
If all this makes Solihull seem like an over-developed area, this impression could not be more wrong. There are numerous parks in the Borough, including Tudor Grange, Malvern and Brueton Parks, which nestle next to the town centre. Surrounding Solihull is an attractive countryside offering delightful walks and access to the canal system, all giving credence to Solihull’s motto of ‘Urbs in Rure’.
It is an excellent place to bring up a family with very well regarded schools and a choice of sixth form colleges, as well as a wide selection of sports and leisure facilities.
You will find a superb variety of accommodation in the Borough, ranging from large Victorian “Gentleman’s” residences to 1920/30’s property and many styles of modern houses and apartments.
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