Hall Green has evolved from a rural backwater into one of the most desirable places to live in Birmingham.
Survival of traces of the past can often be in name only, and there are some examples of medieval names still used. Bromhale, Greet Mill, and Six Weyes are examples going back to the fourteenth century and beyond. Sixteenth century documents mentioned Sarehole Mill, Four Ways, Busmere, Swartmore Laine, Hawes House and Hawe Green and other locations. This House became the Hall, and Hawe Green became Hall Green. Just across from the Hall, Marston Chappell (now the Church of the Ascension) was built in 1703. This was the old centre of Hall Green, supplemented in late Victorian times by a collection of houses known as the Hamlet. Hall Green has lost this centre, and does not have one, unless the Stratford Road is seen as a very elongated one! See more about the history here.
The Hall Green Ward, is part of the parliamentary constituency of Birmingham, Hall Green, which also includes the wards of Moseley and Kings Heath, Sparkbrook and Springfield; and has approximately 25,000 residents. The current Member of Parliament for the constituency is Roger Godsiff, of the Labour Party. Hall Green ward is currently represented by three councillors on Birmingham City Council; Paula Smith for the Liberal Democrats and for the Labour Party, Sam Burden (who was Hall Green’s first elected Labour Councillor in the 2011 May elections) and Barry Bowles who was successfully elected in 2012.
There is a Greyhound racing stadium and race course situated on York Road called Hall Green Stadium, though this is technically just across the border in neighbouring Acocks Green. The stadium has won the BGRB Midlands and Western Region Racecourse of the Year 2003 award for the fourth consecutive year.
Hall Green was also home to Moor Green F.C. but the club is now known as Solihull Moors after a merger with Solihull Borough due to an arson attack in 2005 on the Moorlands stadium.
The area is served by Hall Green Library, which was opened in 1962.
The Shire Country Park runs past Sarehole Mill and along the course of the River Cole to Small Heath. Millstream Way passes through the park. Wildlife present at the country park include otters and water voles and many types of birds. The old village of Sarehole (now on the border of Hall Green and Moseley) is where J. R. R. Tolkien lived as a child and gained inspiration for the Hobbit’s home “The Shire”.