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There are five primary schools: Birmingham Blue Coat School (which sits on the border between Harborne and Edgbaston), Harborne Primary School, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School, St Mary's Catholic Primary School, and St Peter's CofE Primary School.

Schools Primaries: Harborne, St Peter's CofE, World's End, Welsh House Farm, Water Mill and Paganel are all "good", says Ofsted, with Our Lady of Fatima Catholic and Chad Vale "outstanding". Secondaries: a mixed bag – Hillcrest is "good". Local independents are very popular.

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Where to buy Around St Peter's church, you have the old village heart; north and south of the High Street it's a later Victorian and Edwardian suburb of ruddy brick terraces and town houses; both are conservation areas. Surrounding this are plenty of broad late-Victorian, Edwardian and 1920s avenues, such as Fitz Roy, and, nearby, a little garden suburb, the Moor Pool estate. Prices peak towards Edgbaston – look at postwar property for bargains.

The earliest written mention of Harborne is an entry in the Domesday Book of 1086,[4] however the settlement pre-dates this.

From the world-famous, 21st Century Bullring to the Victorian elegance of the Great Western Arcade.

Soap actress, Corrinne Wicks who is best known for her role as Dr Helen Thompson in the BBC soap Doctors and her 2010 role as Ella Hart in Emmerdale, resides in Harborne.[12]

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.

From 1865 to 1870, Elihu Burritt, a US Consul sent by Abraham Lincoln, resided in Harborne in a house called New Britain Villas, Victoria Road, which still stands. Burritt was a social activist, working to promote international peace.

Harborne railway station, at the end of the short Harborne Branch Line off the LMS Birmingham-Wolverhampton line at Ladywood, opened on 10 August 1874. It closed to passengers on 26 November 1934 and to freight traffic in November 1963.[5] It is now the Harborne Walkway, a two-mile (3 km) nature walk and cycling route from Harborne to Ladywood, where the canal can be followed either to Birmingham or Wolverhampton.

Edward Augustus Freeman was born in Metchley Abbey in 1823 and was a noted historian appointed Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford.

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Frances Henderson "Birmingham Botanical Gardens has great planting, glasshouses and a band on summer Sundays. Generations of children have rolled down the grassy slopes."

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Harborne is an area of south-west Birmingham, England three miles (5 km) southwest from Birmingham city centre. It is a Birmingham City Council ward in the formal district and in the parliamentary constituency of Birmingham Edgbaston.

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There is also some evidence of a Roman fort around the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and Metchley Park,[2][3] near Harborne.

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The nearest train station to Harborne centre is the University station situated 15 minutes walk away on the edge of the University of Birmingham campus.

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Other famous residents include landscape painter David Cox, the composer Granville Bantock and Thomas Attwood[4] who became the first MP from Birmingham.

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The Nobel Prize-winning chemist and physicist Francis William Aston was born in Harborne on 1 September 1877.[8]

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Well connected? Trains: the nearest station is east at University, with trains every 10 minutes or so to central Birmingham (seven minutes), and hourly to Worcester (35). Driving: Hagley Road mainlines you to Birmingham and the M5 (both 10-15 minutes); Birmingham airport (a half-hour) and you can be hiking up the Clent Hills in 25 minutes.

Harborne has a thriving restaurant scene, including a Michelin-starred restaurant – making it the perfect place for an evening out and a real alternative to the city centre.

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Harborne's most notable resident was W. H. Auden - the present day swimming baths stand on the site of his childhood home.

Jerome Wallington, the first person to perform as Tiny Tim in the world premier of Leslie Bricusse's Scrooge the Musical at the Alexandra theatre Birmingham and who subsequently recorded the original cast sound track at Abbey Road Studios in London was born in Harborne in 1982. Ben Richards, starred in The Bill, grew up in Harborne.

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Welcome to the website of St Peter's Church, in Harborne. The church is a well known local landmark for miles around and there has been a church here since Saxon times. We are an Anglican church, part of the Church of England.