Moor Pool Garden Suburb has been described as “Possibly the most charming enclave of 20th Century social housing in Birmingham and, arguably, one of the city’s best kept architectural secrets” (Steve Beauchamp & Simon Inglis, Played in Birmingham, May 2006.) Today it remains a virtually intact example of a garden suburb since its creation, which was the vision of John Sutton Nettlefold.
Moor Pool Estate is a meticulously designed Garden suburb consisting of around 500 houses designed in the Arts and Crafts style between 1908 and 1911 in response to overcrowded urban dwellings, and to provide residents with extensive green space, fresh air as well as community and sporting facilities. The estate boasts two community halls (Grade II listed) with a ‘hidden’ Edwardian Skittle Alley, a snooker and billiards hall, two tennis clubs, a bowling green, fishing pond and allotments all designed to improve the physical and social wellbeing of the residents and encourage a sense of community.
Moor Pool Heritage Trust is a charity set up to conserve, advance and protect these assets for the benefit of the community, and to promote the history of this historic garden suburb. Today a visit to the enchanting Moor Pool Garden Suburb is like stepping back in time with the scenic Moor Pool itself, the Orchard, intriguing hidden pathways, the bowling green, and outstanding examples of Arts and Crafts architecture as well as the historic hidden gems such as the skittle alley hidden below the Main Hall.
Pictured: Moor Pool collage
Moor Pool Hall,
Tel 0121 426 2908
Contact Person(s): Barbara Nomikos, Manager
Moor Pool Garden Suburb is always open. Walking Tours of the Main Hall and Estate can be organised by pre-arrangement.
The Moor Pool Hall is available for hire for fairs, fundraising events, parties, meetings, or for regular classes and sporting activities.
There are also a range of clubs and societies that meet at Moor Pool Hall including Tai Chi, Ballet, Pilates, Zumba, The Circle Cinema Club, Moorpool Players Theatre Group, the Rifle Club, Skittles Club, Moorpool Pre-school, Moor Pool Mother & Toddler Group and more!
Education sessions for schools can also be arranged which examine local history, architecture and geography. Science sessions linked to the curriculum using the allotments and the Moor Pool are also available.
Events throughout the year include: The Moor Pool Heritage Festival, Moor Pool’s Got Talent, Fish and Chip Quiz Supper and Evening talks.
There is limited disabled access in the Hall at present.
Street parking is available but the roads around the Circle are very narrow. There is more extensive parking and wider roads located on Ravenhurst Road (down Moor Pool Avenue off the Circle) and Wentworth Road (down Wentworth Gate off the Circle).