In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Solihull like this:
SOLIHULL, a small town, a parish, a sub-district, a district, and a division, in Warwick. The town stands near the Birmingham and Warwick railway, and near the B. and W. canal, 7 miles SE of Birmingham; is a seat of petty-sessions, and a polling place; and has a post-office‡ under Birmingham, a r. station with telegraph, a town hall, a police station, a cruciform later English church, Independent and Roman Catholic chapels, an endowed grammar-school with £125 a year, another endowed school, a workhouse, and two annual fairs.The parish includes Shirley chapelry, and comprises 11,296 acres. ...
Real property, £25,230. Pop., 3,329. Houses, 710. Malvern Hall is the seat of F. E. Williams, Esq. A Benedictine nunnery was founded, in the time of Henry II., at Henwood. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Worcester. Value, £1,455. Patron, the Rev. A. Clive. The p. curacy of Shirley is a separate benefice.The sub-district contains three parishes, and comprises 19,778 acres. Pop., 7,383. Houses, 1,519.The district includes also Knowle and Tanworth sub-districts, and comprises 46,015 acres. Poor rates in 1863, £5,192. Pop. in 1851, 11,973; in 1861, 13,231. Houses, 2,859. Marriages in 1863, 71; births, 393,-of which 24 were illegitimate; deaths, 238,-of which 68 were at ages under 5 years, and 8 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 835; births, 3,537; deaths, 2,294. The places of worship, in 1851, were 18 of the Church of England, with 6,086 sittings; 3 of Independents, with 466 s.; 1 of Baptists, with 110 s.; 1 of Wesleyans, with 118 s.; and 2 of Roman Catholics, with 164 s. The schools were 17 public day-schools, with 1,031 scholars; 22 private day-schools, with 387 s.; and 17 Sunday schools, with 1,187 s.-The division contains ten parishes, and is part of Hemlingford hundred. Acres, 35,592. Pop. in 1851, 9,098. Houses, 1,972.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Solihull in Warwickshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd May 2013
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