Shard End is a post-war housing estate with an Anglo-Saxon name. It was the Shard End of the manor of Castle Bromwich from before the Norman Conquest, and remained a rural area on the fringes of Birmingham until the city took It over in 1931 with plans to build houses for residents displaced by extensive inner-city slum clearances. However, it was not until after World War 2 that this became the city’s largest municipal development with nearly four thousand houses built eastwards from Hodge Hill Common between the Coleshill Road, Bradford Road, Chester Road and the River Cole. A village centre was created around Shard End Crescent with shops, library, a public house and a church. This has been rebuilt and remains an important focus for the district.
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