Birchfield Heritage Trail
This new trail – the Red Route – takes us on a journey around the east side of Birchfield. It reveals hidden stories of the Birchfield area, how the place has changed over time and the many links between Birchfield and other parts of the world. The trail raises questions about Britain’s colonial history, the impacts of which continue to the present day.
The tour includes the site of a 2nd Century Roman Kiln; the locations of Aston Villa’s first match and first permanent football ground, and the first Odeon Cinema in the UK. It also explores the area’s contribution to documentary photography and raises questions about Britain’s colonial history.
The trail is one of two trails developed with support from the Commonwealth Games Legacy Fund.
On Sat 9 Sept the trail is part of the Birchfield Jazz and Heritage Festival at the United Reformed Church, 13 Wilton Road, Handsworth B20 3RX and funded through the CWG Legacy Community Events Fund.
For further information about the trail, please see
How to get there:
Car parking space is available.
By Bus: Number 11 to Wellington Road/Upper Grosvenor Road Junction; Number 16 to Hamstead Road (St Mary’s Church); Numbers 33 & 51 to Perry Barr (One Stop Shopping Centre)
By train: Birmingham New Street to Perry Barr
Organised by Birchfield Big Local
Date & Time
Sat 9 Sept | 10am–12pm
Sat 16 Sept | 10am–12pm
LocationStarting at the United Reformed Church, 13 Wilton Road, Handsworth, B20 3RX
BookingBooking required by mobile: 07421 994752 (call or text) or
The event is an outdoor walk, expect uneven pavements, steps and crossing roads.
Accessible toilet at venue