Catshill Village Hall, located on Golden Cross Lane
Catshill is located in Worcestershire
Location within Worcestershire
Population6,858 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSO960738
• London102 miles (164 km)
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtB61
Dialling code01527
PoliceWest Mercia
FireHereford and Worcester
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°21′44″N 2°03′37″W / 52.36224°N 2.06016°W / 52.36224; -2.06016

Catshill is a village in the civil parish of Catshill and North Marlbrook, in the Bromsgrove district, in Worcestershire, England, about 2.5 miles north of Bromsgrove and 10 miles south-west of Birmingham. The parish of Catshill was formed around the Turnpike Road (A38) in 1844.

The population of Catshill in 2011 was 6,858.[1]


Catshill is home to Catshill First School and Catshill Middle School. The first school Catshill First School and Nursery is located in the centre of the village on Gibb Lane. The Middle School was built in 1939, and was converted from a Secondary Modern to a Middle School in 1970. The village has a small library, though it is not open every day. Catshill also has a village hall in which many different learning activities take place, from karate to IT skills.


Catshill is served by regular bus services by First Midland Red, Diamond West Midlands, National Express West Midlands and MRD Travel. There are routes to Longbridge, University Hospital in Birmingham, Halesowen, Stourbridge, Bromsgrove, Worcester and Droitwich.

With nearby access to the M5 and M42 motorways, Catshill is within commuting distance by car to both Worcester and Birmingham and as a result the population of the village has grown in recent years.


In 1828 a Baptist chapel was opened in Little Catshill.[2]

Catshill developed in the nineteenth century through nailmaking and by 1914. It was one of the few villages in the area which produced nails.[3]

Famous people

The poet Alfred Edward Housman lived in Catshill.[4] The professional footballer Roy Hartle (Bolton Wanderers) was born here. For more than a quarter of a century Sarah Hilda Haines was the much respected district nurse (plaque in church) who received the royal Maundy in 1980 at Worcester. Her son Roy Martin Haines, a Foundation Scholar of Bromsgrove School, became a mediaeval historian (Worcester College, Oxford) and professor at Dalhousie University, Canada. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge, he was awarded the degrees of D.Phil.and D.Litt. of Oxford.


  1. ^ a b "2011 census".
  2. ^ Berrow's Worcester Journal, 28 August 1828
  3. ^ "History". Catshill & North Marlbrook Parish Council. Archived from the original on 4 April 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  4. ^ Richard Perceval Graves (1979). A. E. Housman. Taylor & Francis. p. 25. ISBN 978-0-7100-0340-9.