Balsall Heath is one of the suburb districts of Birmingham, England. It is famous for its rich cultural diversity. It also houses the Balti Triangle.
Before the expansion of 1850,Balsall Heath was a small agricultural land between Birmingham City and Moseley village. It was the expansion that merged the two villages. Balsall District initially formed part of the parish of Worcestershire until it was added to Birmingham Borough in 1891.
In 1890,while negotiations were ongoing, the district was promised a library and installation of a public bath. The library was subsequently opened in 1895 along Moseley Road and the District’s public bath was opened in 1907.
In 1900, Balsall Heath witnessed the opening of its ‘College of Art’. It was in that era that the district’s small lake was filled with sand in order to convert it to a park.
Before now, Balsall Heath’s population was made up of wealthy individuals. This is still visible through the dilapidated buildings along most of the deserted streets. With the advent of a railway station built on the road that led to Brighton, developments sprung up which led to the construction of several homes for low- income earners.
In 1940s, the Muslim community sprouted up. This started when some Yemenis bought some cottages on the road that led to Mary Street. A mosque was subsequently erected in the area which led to an influx of more Muslims. Currently, Balsall Heath boasts of having the biggest community of Muslims in Birmingham.
Aside from the Muslims, Balsall Heath serves as a home to different people within the Commonwealth realm.
As regards Education, due to the closeness of the district to University of Birmingham, it attracts several foreign students.
The crime rates of the district has been relatively low, though in 1950s, street prostitution, drug dealing and street Robbery was a common sight. However, in the mid 1990s,through protests organized by the residents, the social anomaly was curtailed to a large extent.
Starting from Jakeman Nursery School located at Jakeman Rd, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9NX, United Kingdom head north via Court Rd and Clevedon Rd to Percy Shurmer Primary School located at Longmore St, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9ED, United Kingdom
From Percy Shurmer Primary School head southeast via Belgrave Middleway/A4540 to Luxor Shisha Lounge located at 352 Moseley Rd, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9AZ, United Kingdom
From Luxor Shisha Lounge head south via Moseley Rd and A435 to EH Smith Builders Merchants located at 156-161 Brighton Rd, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 8QN, United Kingdom
From EH Smith Builders Merchants head south west via A435 to St. Anne’s Church located at Birmingham B13 8DX, United Kingdom
From St. Anne’s Church head northwest via Park Hill to Jakeman Nursery School located at Jakeman Rd, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9NX, United Kingdom