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A Journey Back in Time with Solihull Town Centre Heritage Trail Leaflet

Take a journey back to early 19th Century Solihull with our Heritage Trail leaflet, sponsored by Touchwood and Solihull BID and launched by Solihull Councillors Alison Rolf and Joe Tildesley with Solihull BID Chief Executive Mel Palmer and Touchwood General Manager Tony Elvin on Wednesday 7 August 2019. 

The leaflet provides an insight into the historical background of Solihull town centre and visitors can see it brought to life by a guided tour taking place on Saturday 10 August. 

Tracey Williams from Solihull’s Core Library will be leading the tour.  It is about one kilometre, along a fully pedestrianised circular walk that will take around one hour to one and a half hours.

The Trail has thirteen points of interest beginning at the heart of the town centre in The Square where the High Street meets Church Hill Road. The Heritage Trail leaflets, with more information displaying the full route, are available to collect in Solihull’s Core Library. 

The Council teamed up with Touchwood and Solihull BID as part of the ‘A Postcard to Solihull’ event. Shoppers and visitors can take a look at the two full High Street panoramas from 1948, which are on the wall of Touchwood shopping centre near the Manor Walk entrance and show just how much Solihull has changed over time. 

Councillor Alison Rolf, Solihull's Cabinet Member for Stronger and Safer Communities, said: 
“The leaflet is a fantastic way of getting people to see the history of Solihull! Many thanks to Touchwood and Solihull BID for all their support in getting the new heritage trial leaflet printed.”

Councillor Joe Tildesley, Solihull's Cabinet Member for Leisure, Tourism and Sport said: 
“What a great way to attract people to the heart of Solihull and tell people about its wonderful history. I’m sure people will love reading the leaflet and take part in the tour.”

Tony Elvin – Touchwood General Manager, said:
“Touchwood has been a significant feature of Solihull town centre since opening in 2001 so we are delighted to support the Trail Leaflet and help promote the heritage of the town centre and see life BT . . . before Touchwood.”

Melanie Palmer – Chief Executive Solihull BID 
“The Heritage Trail is a great addition to our ‘A Postcard to Solihull’ campaign in which we invite you to join us on an adventure down memory lane. We want to encourage visitors into the town centre and the new Trail Leaflet and the Postcard project gives an insight into the town’s rich history.”

For full details on how to book on to the Heritage trail, or take part in the linked Postcard heritage activity including the town centre and children’s trail go to

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