Austin Village Walk
Join us for a guided walk through the Austin Village, a model village built by Herbert Austin for munition workers in the First World War.
Less well known than nearby Bournville Village, the wooden bungalows are unique with a fascinating history. Join a leisurely 1.5 hour stroll and hear from our guide, a local resident, about the history of this estate which includes 200 prefabricated cedar wood bungalows, shipped from the Aladdin Timber Company of Bay City, USA in 1917 and erected in a very short time.
You will hear about its development after the war, the survival of this temporary housing solution for over 100 year and the gaining of conservation status in the 1990s. There will also be an opportunity to see a detailed scale model of an original bungalow and to talk to local residents and ask questions.
Date & Time
Sat 12 Sept | 11am–12.30pm
The walk will start from Northfield Conservative Club in Mill Walk, where parking is available, and take in most of the roads on the estate.
Booking required, to book please email
Booking opens 1st September, booking closes 11 September 12 noon. This walk will have limited capacity. Please only book if you are sure you can make time and date. If you find you can no longer attend, please let the organiser know so someone else can take your place.
There is a short steep walk from Northfield Conservative Club up to the Austin Village. The pavement may be uneven in places. Please wear suitable footwear and come dressed for the weather. The walk will go ahead come rain or shine. There are no public toilet facilities during the tour but refreshments and toilet facilities will be available at the conservative club afterwards. Please adhere to the latest government Covid-19 guidelines.