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History

Aston has a long history, appearing in the Domesday book in 1086 where it was considered to be more five times more valuable than Birmingham.  It was centred around Aston Church, a mill, and Aston Old Hall, a Saxon moated house which stood on the Serpentine site of the proposed Phase 1 development.  This building stood until the 19th Century.  For a more in depth history please click here.

 

Archaeology

The importance of the site has been recognised and forms part of the Aston Hall and Church Conservation Area, indeed the Council's Area Action Plan (Policy R2 - RIS Historic Environment) requires that an archaeological evaluation is performed on the site as part of any development, and any remains will be required to be preserved in situ.

Community

In more recent times the importance of the Serpentine site to the local community has been demonstrated by the various fairs held there from the 19th century to 1968, for more information please click here.

The Serpentine site is also host to an important local resource, the Aston Arena, which provides much needed sport and leisure facilities for the Aston Community who are trying to prevent Birmingham City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency from demolishing it.  They've been aided by local independent MEP Nikki Sinclaire who, along side the charity which ran the arena, presented a petition of over 3000 signatures protesting the closure to 10 Downing Street, for more information please click here.

 

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