Kingstanding is featured in the novel The Last Viking by Dr Ron Dawson. The author grew up at number 79 Parkeston Crescent, and used the estate and its many characters as the backcloth to his Birmingham-based novel.[9]

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At the time the Kettlehouse estate with over 4000 houses was the biggest municipal housing project in Europe. Warren Farm and Kingsvale Farm were also bought for housing bringing the total up to some 6700 houses.

A number of bombs were dropped on the then new Kingstanding housing estate during World War II. On 25 August 1940, four people including a three-year-old boy were killed when a bomb hit a house in Kingstanding Road, while a bomb in Oundle Road claimed the life of a 27-year-old man and a third bomb in Hurlingham Road resulted in the death of a 61-year-old woman.[11]

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Kingstanding had a population 25,702 at the time of the 2001 Population Census. It has a population density of 5,410 people per km² compared with 3,649 people per km² for Birmingham. It has a small ethnic minority population with ethnic minorities representing 10.6% (2,724) of the ward's population as opposed to 29.6% for Birmingham. White British is the largest ethnic population living in Kingstanding.

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The Kingstanding pub was built at the same time as the estate, a large 'family' pub with Dutch gables, similar in style to that of Warren Farm, now demolished. That pub was replaced in the 1960s by a functional rectangular block typical of the time. At the end of the 20th century this too was demolished to be replaced by the present red-brick building.

The extensive housing estates of Kingstanding were built after 1928 on land previously under the control of Perry Barr District Council. The estate is centred on the junction of Kingstanding Road and Kings Road.

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Kingstanding is served by two libraries; Kingstanding Library and Perry Common Library.

Oscar Deutsch's first Odeon cinema opened in 1930 on Birchfield Road in Perry Barr, the first of 300 across the country; the building still stands but is no longer a cinema and its frontage much altered. 


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Take a look at the King's Standing, a prehistoric mound on Kingstanding Road alongside the Roman road to Wall which is known here as Icknield Street. This Scheduled Ancient Monument is thought to be an ancient barrow, probably the burial mound of a local noble of the Bronze Age some three thousand years ago. As such it is possibly unique in this area.

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During the Civil War King Charles I is said to have addressed new recruits from Staffordshire and the gentry of Warwickshire and Staffordshire at the Kings Standing on 19 October 1642. There is no reason to disbelieve the story, but the name of the mound certainly predates this event. A new farm tenant later levelled the mound but then rebuilt it on hearing from his neighbours of its royal association.

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The name may be medieval and derives from its later use as a 'standing'. This was a place where the king could wait to have deer driven past so that he could hunt with a fair chance of success. The identity of the king is unknown.

Kingstanding houses a covered drinking water reservoir, Perry Barr Reservoir, on the site of the former Perry Barr Farm.

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St Mark's Church in Bandywood Crescent was dedicated in 1952. A new church was built and consecrated in 1971, the old building becoming a day centre. It is a low concrete flat-roofed building with a tall bellcot.

The name of the area is derived from the occasion when the Stuart King Charles I supposedly reviewed his troops standing on the Neolithic Bowl Barrow in the area on October 18, 1642 during the English Civil War, after his stay at nearby Aston Hall. The first references to Kingstanding were as King's Standing.

West of Sutton Oak Road is Kingstanding Wood, a plantation laid out after the enclosure of Perry Barr Common and Sutton Chase between 1814 and 1824.

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