King's Heath – who's heath?

Martin Mullaney says"The Council's Transportation Department are about to erect various signage directing people to Kings Heath – they have asked me about whether Kings Heath should have an apostrophe making it King's Heath."

I think it should (the name deriving apparently from nearby King's Norton) – but feel free to play Lynne Truss over on Martin's blog. [link]

5 comments for “King's Heath – who's heath?

  1. 3 January 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Sadly I can’t seem to ever comment on Blogger posts, so my post here will have to do… :) I’d say it should be without; http://www.kingsnorton.info/articles/the_name.htm goes into far more detail than I ever could. The defined names for the wards are both Kings Norton and [Moseley and] Kings Heath.

  2. Mick
    6 January 2009 at 11:27 am

    Perhaps the Heath was meant for Kings (plural) and a place where you might meet Kings? I have certainly met some Queens in Highbury Park…

  3. Juliet
    24 January 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Hi – we’re moving to Birmingham and I need to know where to live! We need to be on the South side as my husband’s job is in Redditch and I’ll be looking for work in Birm. What’s Kings Heath like? We’ve two little children so I need access to parks etc, also would like a bit of a community spirit / buzz. Solihull looks a bit posh. Any views?

  4. 24 January 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Hi Juliet – King’s Heath is lovely (it’s where I live) – there are getting to be more and more independent shops and cafes, and there are certainly lots of parks nearby.

  5. Juliet
    28 January 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks Jon, I’m going to look into it a bit more. Why is it lovely? The people or the surroundings?
    J

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