Visit Shirley, Solihull, and find out about its heritage.

July, 2022

Did you know that Shirley, Solihull, has one of the oldest legal firms in the country? Or that the zombie film – ‘The Girl with All the Gifts’ - was filmed in Shirley?

Thanks to the work of Shirley’s Ambassadors’ group of local businesses, local residents and historians Ann and Malcolm Turner and the council’s business support team, there is now a 40-minute heritage trail in Shirley for everyone to enjoy.

Cllr Karen Grinsell, Deputy Leader of Solihull Council and Lead Member for Partnerships and Wellbeing, said: “The new heritage trail is a great way to find out about Shirley’s rich history. We’ve created the trail to support local businesses as they recover from the pandemic. I hope it will encourage more people to visit Shirley and enjoy our cafes and restaurants after completing the trail. 

The Shirley Heritage Trails can be downloaded by clicking here. There are also free printed trails available at Shirley Library and The Shirley Institute.

Residents with local historical photos of Shirley are invited to email up to five photos to by Friday 5 August. These do not need to be professionally scanned. In the first instance they can be photographed using a smart phone and then attached to an email. The photos will be archived at Solihull Library and a selection will be displayed during Heritage Week which is the 9th – 18th September. All photos must be submitted by the owners because of copyright rules.

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