Solihull Council celebrates 70 years of being a borough - The Solihull Observer

Solihull Council celebrates 70 years of being a borough

Solihull Editorial 3rd Jun, 2024   0

SOLIHULL Council is celebrating 70 years of being a borough.

To celebrate the anniversary, Solihull Council’s archivist and local studies librarian, Tracey Williams has made a video about Solihull’s history which has been made available to view exactly 70 years to the minute since the Charter came into effect.

The video presentation explains more about the history of Solihull with plenty of facts to learn, such as the borough almost being named Hemlingford, and the huge increase of Solihull residents in the early 1900s.

On 24 May 1954 Solihull changed from an Urban district to a Municipal Borough, the following decades continued changes to the borough elevating it to County Borough status in 1964 and finally Solihull Metropolitan Borough status in 1974, which also introduced the Mayoral role.

The path to becoming a Municipal Borough began on 11 March 1954 when Princess Margaret visited Solihull on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II to present a scroll authorising the incorporation of Solihull Urban district into a Municipal Borough, known as ‘Charter day’.

Visit to watch the video.


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