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Walmley is a suburb of Sutton Coldfield four kilometres southeast of Sutton Coldfield town centre and eleven kilometres northeast of Birmingham city centre.
The origins of Walmley are unknown, however, it is believed it may have formed as a community for workers at the nearby halls of Langley Hall, New Hall Manor, Penns Hall and Peddimore Hall Until the turn of the 20th century, Walmley still remained a rural village featuring a church, a few houses and an inn (The Fox Inn). After World War II, Walmley was transformed into a 'boom suburb' through the construction of many new housing estates.
The central area of Walmley along Walmley Road where the shops are located is known as Walmley Village.
Walmley is a reasonably affluent suburb, containing many large detached and semi-detached houses and despite the large-scale residential development in the post-war period it still retains its distinct identity.
New Hall Manor is the oldest part of Walmley and claims to be the oldest inhabited moated house in Great Britain dating from the 13th century when the Earl of Warwick built a hunting lodge on the site but the first reference to the site as a manor was in 1435. The core of the present buildings, including the great hall, dates from the 16th century when the Gibbons family (relatives of Bishop Vesey) were in residence. The buildings served briefly as a school from 1885 and it was restored to residential use in 1903. In 1923 New Hall Manor was acquired by the industrialist Alfred Owen of the engineering company Rubery Owen and remained the Owen family home until the 1970s. It was converted to a hotel in 1988.