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Rubery is a village in the Bromsgrove District and a suburb of Birmingham in the counties of Worcestershire and West Midlands, England. It is 9 miles (14 km) from Birmingham city centre and a similar distance from Bromsgrove.
Rubery was built on a sandstone quarry, now known as "Rubery Cutting"/"Leach Green Quarry", parts of which can still be seen near the Rubery 'Fly-over'. Former clay mining pits, later flooded and known locally as 'The Marl Holes', now make up Callowbrook Park, which, alongside St Chads Park, is one of the two main parks in the village.
Much of the urbanisation in Rubery occurred between 1960 and 1970, where suburbs replaced former farmland and historic farms such as Callowbrook Farm (formally located at the site of Callowbrook Bridge) and Gunner Lane Farm.
The word "Rubery" comes from the old English word "rowbery" meaning "a rough hill", which may refer to Rubery Hill, situated on "Cоck-Hill Lane".
The village is divided between Birmingham and Bromsgrove. The boundary for both districts is between both Cock Hill Lane and Callowbrook Lane.
The village is also contiguous with nearby New Frankley, Northfield and Rednal which are all part of Birmingham.
The village lies next to both the A38 road and M5 motorway. The village has good connections to nearby Birmingham, Bromsgrove, Redditch, Stourbridge, Worcester and Kidderminster.
The population of Rubery was recorded at 11,016 for the Rubery and Rednal Ward of Birmingham. While the Bromsgrove wards of Rubery North and South had populations of both 3,643 (North) and 2,964 (South).
The village was served by a railway station on the former Halesowen Railway which linked the village with Old Hill, Halesowen and Longridge. The station and line closed in the 1930s and have since been redeveloped and turned into public footpath.
The author Jonathan Coe (b.1961) was brought up in Rubery, and his novel "The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim" names several local places and landmarks.
The local councillors are, as of March 2014:
Peter McDonald (Labour) and Colin Wilson (Labour) - Waseley (District),
Christine McDonald (Labour) - Beacon (District),
and Peter McDonald (Labour) - Beacon (County)..
Part of Rubery is represented on Birmingham City Council by Adrian Delaney of the (Conservative Party (United Kingdom)) who is councillor for the Rubery and Rednal ward.
Geographically, most of Rubery lies in the Beacon Ward of Worcestershire County Council, and under both the Waseley and Beacon areas for Bromsgrove District Council. Part of Rubery falls under Birmingham Council.