About Birchills

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Birchills is a residential area of Walsall, associated with Bloxwich as part of the ancient Foreign and now as part of the Birchills-Leamore word.

It is situated several hundred yards west of Walsall town centre and is an established area containing many different housing types, though Victorian/Edwardian terraced houses and inter-war council houses are the most frequent type.

Reedswood Park is located in Birchills, as is Pouk Hill – a hill which inspired a 1970s Slade song but which was largely dug out prior to the second world war, as it was for centuries a basalt quarry.

Birchills Bus Depot, off Bloxwich Road, was originally built as the Walsall Corporation Tram Depot in the late 1800s.

Several tower blocks, built during the 1960s, are situated in the east of Birchills, near Walsall town centre.

A power station was opened in the north of Birchills in 1949, just a few years before the Beechdale council estate was developed at the far side. This power station, preceded by an earlier station, served the Walsall area for 33 years until its closure in October 1982, although it was not demolished until March 1987. The site of the power station was redeveloped for housing and commerce during the 1990s.

News & heritage for Bloxwich, Walsall & Willenhall. Formerly The Bloxidge Tallygraph. Est. 2006, inspired by a Victorian news-sheet. Edditid by a Bloxidge Mon.

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