Edgbaston surrounds the majority of the Hagley Road and is bordered by Moseley, Smethwick and Bearwood. Traditionally, Edgbaston was regarded as a very affluent area, popular for its tree lined streets, and leafy views.
During the 19th Century Edgbaston was largely governed by the Gough-Calthorpe family who protected the area from mainstream development of industrial factories. The clear lack of such made the area most appealing to the middle class. The Calthorpe name is still heavily associated with large parts of the area.
Edgbaston Reservoir, used locally for water sports such as rowing, consists of 70 acres of mainly open water. It provides a supply for the Birmingham Canal Navigations. It was created by Thomas Telford in 1827.
Edgbaston is also home to three major public gardens; the well-established Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the hidden gem that is the University of Birmingham Winterbourne House and Botanic Gardens and the Martineau Gardens.
Warwickshire County Cricket Club can also be found within Edgbaston. The grounds host many county matches. This is also home to the England cricket team during one day internationals and test matches.
Edgbaston also boasts a world class tennis venue; The Edgbaston Priory Club.
Situated within the borders of the area is the only Grade I listed domestic building in Birmingham; 21 Yateley Road. The property was designed by Herbert Tudor Buckland. Edgbaston Hall - a Grade II listed country hall, can also be found nearby. It is currently utilised by the Edgbaston Golf Club.
Edgbaston is also an area of historical literary interest as J. R. R. Tolkien lived here while a teenager. It is said that the two towers of Edgbaston - the Waterworks Tower, and Perrott's Folly, provided the inspiration for the ‘The Two Towers’ featured in his ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy novels.