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Shown within West Midlands (county)
Status: Metropolitan Borough
Region: West Midlands (region)
Admin. County: West Midlands (county)
- Total
Ranked 175th
178.29 km²
Admin. HQ: Solihull
ONS code: 00CT
- Total (2008 est.)
- Density
Ranked 75th
1153 / km²
Ethnicity: 91.8% White
4.2% South Asian
1.6% Mixed Race
1.5% Black British
0.9% Chinese and other[1]
Leadership: Leader and cabinet
Control: Conservative
MPs: Lorely Burt (LD)
Caroline Spelman (C)

The Metropolitan Borough of Solihull is a metropolitan borough in the ceremonial county of West Midlands in the United Kingdom. It is named after its main town of Solihull, which is the seat of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. Much of the large residential population in the north of the borough centres on the communities of Castle Bromwich, Chelmsley Wood, Fordbridge, Kingshurst, Marston Green and Smith's Wood. To the south lie the towns of Solihull and Shirley.



Solihull probably derived its name from a 'miry or muddy' or soily hill. The parish church was built on a hill of stiff red marl, which turned to sticky mud in wet weather.

In 1894, Solihull (including the parishes of Shirley, Baddesley Clinton, Barston, Lapworth, Balsall, Bushwood, Elmdon, Knowle, Nuthurst, Packwood and Tanworth-in-Arden) was made into the Solihull Rural District in the county of Warwickshire. In 1932 some of its rural areas were taken away when the RDC was succeeded by Solihull Urban District Council. Expansion continued and Queen Elizabeth II granted a charter in 1954 making Solihull into a Municipal Borough; ten years later it was given the status of County Borough. Reorganisation of boundaries and council responsibilities in 1974 created the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull by the merger of the Solihull County Borough and most of the Meriden Rural District, which forms the main rural part of the borough and county. It included Balsall Common, Barston, Berkswell, Bickenhill, Castle Bromwich, Chelmsley Wood, Elmdon, Fordbridge, Hampton in Arden, Hockley Heath, Kingshurst, Knowle, Marston Green, Meriden, Olton, Smiths Wood, Solihull, Shirley and Temple Balsall.

In 1986 the Solihull borough effectively became a unitary authority when the West Midlands County Council was abolished. It remains part of the West Midlands for ceremonial purposes, and for functions such as policing, fire and public transport.


The borough is bordered by the M6 and the M40 and split by the M42 which divides the urban centre of the borough from the rural south and east. The borough’s transport links have led to a number of established large businesses being based in the borough, such as Land Rover, the National Exhibition Centre and Birmingham International Airport. A short automatic light transport system links the airport to the nearby Birmingham International railway station. Around three quarters of the borough is greenbelt and a large proportion of that is worked farmland. The borough shares its boundaries with Birmingham to the west and north, Coventry to the east, Warwickshire to both the north and south and Worcestershire to the south west. The borough contains a sizeable rural area known as the Meriden Gap (after the village of Meriden) which serves as a green belt separating the Birmingham conurbation from the city of Coventry.



The council is under Conservative control, with 26 of its 51 councillors representing the Conservative Party (as of 1 May 2008). The next largest party in the council is the Liberal Democrats with 18 councillors. A further 5 councillors represent the Labour Party, 1 councillor represents the British National Party and 1 councillor represents the Green Party.

For election purposes the council is divided up into the following wards based on civil parishes. Each ward is represented by three councillors:

Coat of arms

The constituent parts of the borough's coat of arms are:

  • Battlements, sickles and an oak tree with golden acorns, which represent the rural and agricultural nature of the Forest of Arden.
  • The Black Griffin is taken from the arms of the Earls of Aylesford, who are associated with Meriden.
  • The Silver Fleur-de-lys comes from the Digby family, who were associated with Fordbridge.
  • The Black Greyhound is taken from the arms of the Greswolds, the family who built the 15th century house called the Manor House in the High Street, Solihull.

A stylised version of the coat of arms can be seen on the top left of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council's website pages, and the official, heraldic version appears on a dedicated page on the same site - external links below.


This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Solihull at current basic prices published (pp.240-253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added4 Agriculture1 Industry2 Services3
1995 1,929 12 496 1,421
2000 2,959 8 870 2,082
2003 4,023 8 1,121 2,893

Note 1: includes hunting and forestry

Note 2: includes energy and construction

Note 3: includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

Note 4: Components may not sum to totals due to rounding

Settlements in Solihull

Localities in the borough include:

Famous people

  • Michael Buerk - BBC news presenter and journalist was born and educated in Solihull.
  • 51 breaks - Indie Prog band formed in Solihull
  • Richard Hammond - Top gear presenter and radio presenter was born in Solihull.
  • Jasper Carrott - Born and lived in the Solihull Area


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Coordinates: 52°24′32″N 1°46′51″W / 52.40880°N 1.78092°W / 52.40880; -1.78092


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