Solihull is a town located around 10 miles southeast of Birmingham city centre and is the largest town in the borough of Solihull.
Nearby Birmingham and Coventry were severely damaged by the bombing raids of WW2, yet Solihull escaped largely intact. Whilst Birmingham nearby featured heavily in the industrial revolution, having been christened “the first industrial town in the world”, the industrial revolution largely passed Solihull by. Perhaps this suggests why the population of Solihull didn’t explode until the 1960s, rising from around 8,000 at the turn of the century to a massive 100,000. A number of factors contributed to this dramatic rise, including the development of a Rover car plant that employed many in the area, and the release of large areas of land for housing development.
Today, Solihull is one of the most prosperous towns in the Midlands.