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    Handsworth Area Guide

    Handsworth is a suburban town in Birmingham, 3 miles from Birmingham City Centre. The name Handsworth originates from its Saxon owner, Hondes and the word weorthing, meaning farm or estate.For many years Handsworth was known as a village with lots of farmland and extensive woodland until, the 18th century when accommodation was built for factory workers, increasing the population and making the village a township.

    In 1911, the town had a population of over 68,610 with many new buildings and churches. During World War II the border between Handsworth and its neighbouring suburb Handsworth Wood marked the line between being safe and unsafe from bombing, with Handsworth Wood being an official evacuation zone. The suburb displays a mixture of architectural buildings and periods – among them some of the finest Victorian buildings in the city.

    Handsworth Property Market

    Sold property prices in Handsworth Wood over the last year were up 13% on the previous year and up 23% during the 2016 peak. The majority of sales in Handsworth Wood during the last year were semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £246,840. Detached properties sold for an average of £354,432, with terraced properties fetching £178,568. According to the latest Zoopla report, property values have gone up by 6.2% in the last 12 months. For more info, please contact our estate agents in Handsworth.

    Why Handsworth is a great investment

    Handsworth has consistent rising property values and sale property prices which are great signs for a promising investment. Handsworth has some of the highest rental yields in Birmingham, much like its neighbours Perry Barr. Handsworth is going to benefit massively for the new ‘Athletes Village’ being built ready for the Common Wealth Games in 2022. After the games the village will be home to 1,400 new homes with improvements to public transport, a new train station and new shops, boosting their economy further.

    Schools in this area

    1. Hamilton School – Hamilton School is a school catering for students who have special educational needs due to learning difficulties, physical disabilities or behavioural problems, aged 4 – 11. This school is Ofsted rated outstanding.
    2. King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls – King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls is a state grammar school for girls aged 11–18. This school is part of the Foundation of the Schools of King Edward VI. This school is Ofsted rated outstanding.
    3. King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School For Boys – King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School For Boys is a grammar school that admits boys aged 11 – 18. This school is Ofsted rated outstanding.


    Bus – The 82, 87 and 89 buses will get you from Handsworth to Birmingham City Centre and back with exceptional convenience and ease. The 11A and 11C can take you to most other locations in and around the wider Birmingham area.

    Handsworth Area Guide
    By David Price