Handsworth (grid reference SP035905) is now an inner city, urban area of northwest Birmingham in the West Midlands. Handsworth lies just outside the Birmingham City Centre.

First picture of the scene shows the police cordon in place as inquiries continue

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Residents call for 'crime hit' park to be closed down

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Using long steel swords, a team of eight men perform a dance which lasts about nine minutes and ends with all the swords being interlocked and held aloft by one man. Traditional music is played and the dancers wear a military style uniform similar to the Dragoons.

“There was a stabbing there only recently,” he said.

Close to St Mary's Church is the Cross Keys Inn, a very old building that has not always been a public house. It was originally built in the mid-13th century as a Church House for the chaplains and lay clerks attached to St Mary's Church.[citation needed]

The park is also bordered by another quiet residential street, Marrowfat Lane, which has around 25 semi detached houses, all with neat front gardens. A woman who lives there said the park and its crime blighted the area.

The tenor Webster Booth was born in Handsworth in 1902, and began his singing career as a child chorister at the local parish church of St. Mary's. Together with his duettist wife Anne Ziegler, he became a mainstay of West End musicals and World War II musical films. A BBC Showbiz Hall of Fame article described him as "possessing one of the finest English tenor voices of the twentieth century."[9]

Formerly there were two clowns who performed for the crowd and collected money. At Christmas time, the sword dancers would tour the local villages and public houses. The sword dancing continued until the First World War and there was a revival of interest during the late 1920s. It survived through the Second World War because the sword dancers had priority occupations in the coal mines and in the steel works, so they were not conscripted.

A murder inquiry is underway after a man has been stabbed to death in a Birmingham park.

Police have said the cordon will remain in place in the park for some time.

The Urban area, Handsworth, Birmingham UK, has suffered several riots and is notorious for its high crime rates and ghettoised attitudes towards the area.

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The West Indian population in Birmingham numbered over 17,000 by the 1961 census count. In addition, during this time, Indians, particularly Sikhs from the Punjab arrived in Birmingham, many of them working in the foundries and on the production lines in motor vehicle manufacturing[citation needed], mostly at the Longbridge plant some 10 miles away.

Handsworth hosts a number of Open Competitions events during the season, please click here for details.

Handsworth Golf Club, 11 Sunningdale Close, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham B20 1NP

Without crucible steel, Sheffield could not have emerged as the major steel producing town in Europe. In 1740, Sheffield produced only 200 tons of steel per year; by 1860, this total had risen, because of the application of Huntsman's techniques, to over 80,000 tons per year—almost half of Europe's total tonnage.

A man, 32, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently on bail pending further investigations.

More than a hundred years of tradition makes this mature parkland course, with its undulating tree lined fairways and gently sloping greens, a jewel amongst Midland golf courses.

Not much of the Tudor rectory remains today. Handsworth Parish Registers, dating back as far as the reign of Queen Elizabeth I still exist. There are written documents from 1558, the year that Elizabeth I ascended the throne, recording all baptisms, marriages and burials which took place in the Parish of St Mary's.[5]

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Under the parliamentary rule of Oliver Cromwell, Quakers were treated with suspicion and hostility. During the restoration monarchy of Charles II, persecution of the Quakers was severe, especially in the early years, as they still refused to conform, even outwardly, to the Church of England. Their refusal to take off their hats or speak respectfully when in the presence of "nobles" made them a particular object of hatred.

St Mary's was built in about 1170. It was founded by the Norman lord William de Lovetot, or his father Richard, and the foundations were planned by William Paynel. (This church is not to be confused with St. Mary's Church, Handsworth in Birmingham UK).

By devising this process of crucible steel making, Benjamin Huntsman transformed the nature of steel making in Sheffield and thereby made a most significant contribution to Britain's role in the Industrial Revolution.

Marc Reeves is the editor of the Birmingham Mail and the Birmingham Post, and has worked in regional media in the Midlands and across the UK for more than 30 years.

On May 19 a 44-year-old, believed to have been knifed in the stomach, was discovered in Waverhill Park, Handsworth.

A nearby shooting in Weeford Drive - which is within half a mile of the park - took place at the end of March. A man was injured in the street when a shot was fired from a vehicle in Handsworth Wood. The 27-year-old has a leg injury and remains in hospital in a stable condition. It is believed that the man was deliberately targeted.

Pickard was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England and was educated at Framlingham College.[1] Pickard was the son of the late P. C. Pickard and Mrs. Pickard. His sister was actress Helena Pickard, married to English actor Sir Cedric Hardwicke.

St Mary's Parish Centre holds displays of artefacts, documents, records, photographs and maps relating to Handsworth and its history.

A nearby shooting in Weedford Drive - which is within half a mile of the park - took place at the end of March.


Handsworth parish was transferred from Staffordshire to Warwickshire, and became part of Birmingham, in 1911.[1] The redbrick building with the clocktower in the photograph was originally the offices of the district council on Soho Road.

One aspect of Handsworth history which remains very much alive is the traditional sword dancing. The origins of this ancient ritual are unknown, but written records held by the team go back to the middle of the nineteenth century.

The Jeffcock family settled in Handsworth in the 17th century, having moved from Eckington, Derbyshire. The first record of the family name occurs in the Court Rolls of the Manor of Eckington in 1351. But they settled in the Handsworth parish and there are over 60 entries in the Parish Registers for members of the Jeffcock family between 1636 and 1768.

There are two uniformed police officers guarding the cordon.They are stopping people from using the park as a cut-through between Soho Road and Holliday Road.

The 27-year-old had a leg injury. It is believed that the man was deliberately targeted.

Police say they are not identifying the victim of the attack at this stage.

A tram depot was erected near Birmingham Road, next to the border with West Bromwich, during the 1880s, and remained in use until the tram service ended in 1939. Although it has since been demolished, a replica of the depot was created later in the 20th century at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley.[4]

Under Norman rule, the parish of Handsworth grew to include Darnall, Gleadless, Richmond and Woodhouse.[citation needed]