About this website
Scope and aims
The aim of this web site is to paint an authoritative picture of “King's Norton - Past and Present”.
King's Norton is a district in the south of Birmingham. Parts of King's Norton retain a “village” atmosphere. The key to the village atmosphere is the village green. Some building of historical importance are round the green, and various events and fairs take place there. And King's Norton's canals are well known to enthusiasts.
The member of the King's Norton History Society who is steering the development of this web site is Wendy Pearson.
More information about this website
Material written for this web site spells "King's Norton" with that possessive apostrophe. This is a contraction from the earlier possessive form "Kinges Norton". Although this is probably in line with punctuation convention since the introduction of the apostrophe into English during the 16th century, there is no consensus about this.
Some maps, recent legislation, some official publications, several books, and many web sites, spell it without the apostrophe. The current proper name of the Parish has no apostrophe. The 2003 legislation which defines the names of Birmingham City Wards spells it without an apostrophe.
The Kings Norton (sic!) Parish spells the name of their major church, St Nicolas, without an "h". That spelling is used for material written for this web site. But many sources incorrectly spell it "St Nicholas" (with an "h"). Inevitably, some older material used here, or referenced from here, uses this alternative spelling.
Website design and development
The design and development of this web site is by Barry Pearson. He provided several of the photographs too.