Changes in the City Boundaries

  • 15 Jan 2012
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The ancient boundaries of the City comprised 318 acres, and had remained unchanged since medival times, but in 1835 the Municipal Reform Act brought great changes in the government of the City, and in 1837 the Liberties were absorbed into the City and its boundary extended by 966 acres, thus the urban area was at a stroke more than quadrupled, From 318 acres the urban area of the City had become 1284 acres and the municipal boundary went from Salt Lane to Barbourne Brook in Claines parish. In St.Martin's Parish the boundaries extended from the bottom of Tallow Hill to a line on Shrub Hill and St. Catherine's Vale. The next move to change the boundaries was in 1867 when a Commission of Enquiry was held, resulting in the following year (1868) in the Parliamentary Representation Boundary being extended by 2,000 acres, and it brought into the Parliamentary boundaries parts of Hallow, Claines, St.John's, St.Martin's and St. Peter's, but it was not until 1885 that it was sought to make the municipal boundaries the same. In 1914, a further 500 acres were added to the City, chiefly in the area of Bromwich Road and S.W. of the City. In 1931, Lower Wick, Dines Green, part of Nunnery Wood and Perry Wood were absorbed, taking in 3,700 acres; and in 1951, the City boundary was extended to include the rest of Nunnery Wood and the Astwood area, making the area nearly 15 times larger than the old walled City.