Moseley is often hailed as the best place to live in Birmingham.
The trendy district is famous for its pubs, independent shops and cultural scene.
But what was it like in times gone by?
It’s named in the Domesday Book of 1086 as a village called Museleie – meaning ‘fieldmouse clearing.’
In Saxon times, it was a settlement in the kingdom of Hwicce, an area that today covers most of Worcestershire, half of Warwickshire and much of Gloucestershire.
Moseley later became part of the manor of Bromsgrove and today, of course, it is a suburb of Birmingham.
See these amazing old photographs of Moseley from times gone by:
The notion of Moseley Village persists as the name for the shopping centre at the heart of this area, which still has its own identity.
In recent decades, Moseley has developed a reputation as Birmingham’s bohemian quarter.
This is partly because of the number of Victorian houses converted into flats, which have attracted a large population of students.
Every year, the area hosts the Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival and the Moseley Folk Festival.
Moseley School’s past pupils include comedian Jasper Carrott and musician Bev Bevan of The Move and ELO.
Britpop band Ocean Colour Scene were formed in Moseley, and Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes was born there, along with Fyfe Dangerfield, lead singer of indie rock band The Guillemots.
Among his Birmingham residences, JRR Tolkien lived in Moseley for some of his childhood and used Moseley Bog as the basis for the Old Forest where Tom Bombadil lived in Lord of the Rings.
Other famous people linked to Moseley include UB40 singer Ali Campbell and former Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.
Source : BirminghamMail