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Alum Rock is located in West Midlands county
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Alum Rock is an inner-city suburb of Birmingham, England, located roughly 2 miles east of Birmingham city centre. The area is officially a division of Saltley. Alum Rock Road is located here and has many Pakistani clothing shops and restaurants.

Neighbouring areas

Alum Rock Road Saltley Birmingham View

Alum Rock includes the connecting streets of the three kilometre Alum Rock Road beginning at Saltley Gate and ending at Railway Bridge. Once through the main shopping area, Alum Rock Road continues towards Stechford, passing through Pelham before joining Washwood Heath Road at the Fox & Goose the eastern part of the main road is in Ward End.

The area locally known as "The Rock" starts at Saltley Gate and ends at the junction with Highfield Rd and Bowyer Rd.

Founding member as well as vocalist and bassit of Birmingham Based band Duran Duran Stephen Duffy was brought up in Alum Rock and has also worked with stars such as Robbie Williams and Steven Page.

Alum Rock covers most of Saltley and so runs into many of Saltley's neighbouring areas, Bordesley Green to the south, Ward End to the north and east and Nechells to the west.

Washwood Heath Road, which also begins at Saltley Gate, runs loosely parallel to Alum Rock Road for a mile, before both main roads join up in front of the Fox & Goose.

Administrative area and census information

Alum Rock is part of the Washwood Heath ward.

Census Data from the 2001 Census identifies the ward as having a higher population density, lower average age and a significantly higher ethnic minority population against the Birmingham average.


  • Brookhill Tavern, a Grade II listed pub


Schools in Alum Rock include:

  • Rockwood Academy


The Alum rock area has its own football club. Set up in the 90s by the late Farid Raja, Alum Rock FC takes part in the South Birmingham Football League every season. The club is now looking to expand and include youth teams along with its senior First XI.

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