KNOWLE SOCIETY LOCAL HISTORY CENTRE Extended opening for Heritage Open Day

Extended opening for Heritage Open Day

The Centre is open every Saturday from 10:00 to 12:30 for anyone to visit and view the archives, as well as to ask about the history of the area and local families.

On 15 September this year, the second Heritage weekend, Knowle Society Local History Centre (upstairs in the library) will  extend its hours and remain open until 2.30pm. There will also be a selection of old photographs and scrap books on display for visitors to look through.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Steelhouse Lane Lock Up

The Lock-up is opening its doors for the next series of fundraising open days.

On Saturday 15th September you can explore the old  Steelhouse Lane cells, which held Birmingham City Centre prisoners for 125 years.  View the custody records of some of the former residents and find out about some of our old kit and equipment.
For younger prisoners there are a few fun activities. We have a history quiz, uniform to try on, fingerprinting and lots of pocket money priced items in our shop. You will be let out after your time slot for good behaviour!!
Open day on Saturday 15th September – or subscribe to to be notified of future dates if you can’t make this one
Do you want to learn a bit more about the history of the Lock-up and policing during the past 50 years?
Then why not come to our adult’s only evening tour on the 15th September – 5-7pm.
There will be 4 mini talks on policing included along with a chance to browse the cells, see the museum display and visit the shop to help our fundraising in support of our plans to bring the whole WMP museum to the Lock-up one day.
Evening talk Saturday 15th September 5-7pm including talks on the history of the Lock-up,  policing during WW2 and during the 60s & 70s.

Any further queries please contact:
Corinne Brazier


Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) is launching a project to gain a better understanding of the experience of mobility and immobility from the perspective of people living in the West Midlands. They are interested in learning more about what transport, mobility and immobility means to different people; what role ‘being mobile’ plays in people’s lives, and what challenges or opportunities people experience with regards to mobility.



The Council has reviewed the plans for increased on-street parking restrictions and has amended SOME of them following comments from residents and businesses in Knowle. [Some of the comments were contradictory.] The notice (see below) is being published around the affected areas and the new yellow lines and signs will be installed in the next two weeks. Full details can be found on the Council website following the link in blue below.


The Metropolitan Borough of Solihull (Knowle Village)

(Various On-Street Parking Restrictions) Order 2018

The Council has made this Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended, the Traffic Management Act 2004 and the Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Metropolitan Borough of Solihull) Order 2007, where applicable, and all other enabling powers. The reasons for this Order can be obtained by written request from the address below; or by inspecting the documents at Solihull Connect, Library Square, Touchwood, Solihull during normal opening hours or via
A copy of the Order is available upon request. Anyone wishing to question the validity or provisions of the Order should apply to the High Court within six weeks from the date that the Order became effective. The Order, which comes into force on 31 August 2018, will introduce the following:

Total Prohibition of Waiting (At Any Time)

Lodge Road (western side) – fronting no. 20 as detailed in Order Plan 8247/4A.

Longdon Road (southern side) – short section located north-west of no.7 as detailed in Order Plan 8247/4A.

St Johns Close – along the entire perimeter of the central green area and along individual various lengths as detailed in Order Plan 8247/1A.

St Lawrence Close – various short lengths as detailed in Order Plan 8247/3A.

Station Road – short section between nos. 22 to 26. Various short lengths fronting nos. 1 to 51. Short section fronting 1702/1704 Warwick Road as detailed in Order Plan 8247/2A.

Prohibition of Waiting (Monday to Saturday – 8.00am to 6.00pm)

Lodge Road (western side) – from southern boundary of no. 30 to northern boundary of no. 98 as detailed in Order Plan 8247/4A.

Prohibition of Waiting (Monday to Friday – 8.00am to 9.00am and 3.00pm to 4.00pm)

St Lawrence Close – various short lengths as detailed in Order Plan 8247/3A.

Revocation of Existing Limited Waiting (Monday to Saturday – 8.00am to 6.00pm – 1 Hour No Return Within 1 Hour

Station Road (northern side) – fronting nos. 26 to 38 as detailed in Order Plan 8247/2A.


Chief Executive

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Manor Square, Solihull, B91 3QB

24 August 2018

Society Walk Sunday 2pm on 12th August Hockley Heath & Lapworth 4 miles

Meet at 1:45pm at Hockley Heath Pavilion, which is on the Old Warwick Rd, Hockley Heath, B4439.  Not far from the A3400 junction and at the back of the Rybrook car sales showroom. [The one with the McLaren cars!!]

The walk will be 4 miles, mainly fields and canal, with a little road walking.  It will take in the obelisk overlooking the M40, Nuthurst Grange and Lapworth Church.

If you need a lift or can offer one, please call me on 01564 773894 by 10:00 on Sunday.