is a large and loosely-defined area which straddles the boundaries of Birmingham
, West Bromwich
; including the Great Barr with Yew Tree Ward
) and Walsall
), West Midlands
. The area was historically in Staffordshire
, and the parts now in Birmingham were once known as Perry Barr
, which is still the name of an adjacent Birmingham district.
"Barr" means "hill", and the name refers to nearby Barr Beacon
Great Barr was a largely rural area in south Staffordshire
, on its border with Warwickshire
, as recently as the First World War
, but during the 1920s development for private and council housing began. The urban district
of Perry Barr was ceded to Birmingham, then in Warwickshire, in 1928.
By the outbreak of the Second World War
in 1939 it was a very busy residential area with good road connections to West Bromwich
Expansion continued after the war, and during the 1960s the area received a motorway link when Junction 7 of the M6 motorway
was opened on the A34
. It is also located close to the starting point of the M5
, which can be accessed just one mile (1.6 km) northwards on the M6.
Kidnapper Michael Sams
abducted estate agent Stephanie Slater from a house in Turnberry Road, Great Barr before holding her for eight days in January 1992. Following receipt of £175,000 ransom, Sams released her. Police arrested him three weeks later and he was sentenced to life imprisonment for... Read More