History of the Peacock, Icknield Street and Kings Norton
The Peacock Inn is situated in the hamlet of Forhill on Icknield Street, a Roman road dating back to 49 AD. Built in 1828 to serve coaching traffic travelling from the fast growing Black Country industries to the wealthy towns south of Birmingham, including Worcester, Cheltenham and Oxford, this thriving tavern was well positioned, atop the Birmingham Plateau, to benefit from the growth.
The ancient Roman road, also known as Ryknild/Rycknield Street, runs from Gloucestershire to South Yorkshire, cutting through Alcester, Studley, Redditch, Metchley Fort and Birmingham. Thought to be one of the oldest Roman roads in Britain, a preserved section of the original road can be seen at Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield.
Crossing Icknield Street at The Peacock is the 37 mile long North Worcestershire Path from Majors Green to the pretty Georgian town of Bewdley on the banks of the Severn. This lovely trail treats walkers to views over the Cotswolds, Shropshire Hills and Welsh Borders, and passes through stunning landscapes including several country parks and reservoirs, the Clent Hills and the breathtaking Severn Valley.
Just over two miles north of The Peacock lies historic Kings Norton. The name derives from the Norman period and means ‘north farmland or settlement belonging to or held by the King.’ The Domesday Book of 1086 records the village as ‘Nortune’, at that time part of a Royal Manor surrounded by the royal hunting grounds of Feckenham Forest.
Kings Norton still has signs of its Saxon origins, and the medieval centre based around the village green and 13th century church are well preserved. The picturesque Kings Norton Junction connects the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal with the Worcester and Birmingham Canal here and visitors may wish to explore the canal and riverside walks.
The Kings Norton Local Nature Reserve is a stunning section of land running along the River Rea between Kings Norton and Northfield, a haven for wildlife in a variety of habitats, from wetland, riverbanks, open water areas, meadows and grazing.
To the north, Kings Norton borders the model village of Bournville, built in the late 19th century by the Quaker Cadbury family to house their workforce in better living conditions, and home today of the family attraction Cadbury World.
After a day’s rambling or visiting the nearby attractions, The Peacock Inn offers a warm welcome and a delicious pub menu with seasonal specials and a fine selection of wines and ales. Sunday lunch in the Worcestershire countryside is especially popular at The Peacock.
Directions to The Peacock Inn
You can find the Peacock Inn on Icknield Street in Forhill, just south of Kings Norton. Situated minutes from Junction 3 on the M42, just 4 miles from Cadbury World. Key B38 0EH into your satnav to find us.