About Us - Shirley

Shakespeares Estate Agents in Shirley, Solihull

Shakespeares Shirley branch was established in 1999 and is prominently located at 378 Stratford Road (A34) on a very busy traffic island opposite Staples, with good parking. Shirley has a bustling high Street with the Parkgate shopping Centre providing many big name retailers, restaurants and bars.

About Shirley, Solihull

The earliest known settlement in the area was at Berry Mound site of an Iron Age Hill Fort in Solihull Lodge, part of which was a fortified village dating back to the first century BC. Shirley was part of the Manor of Ulverlei, now Olton until the establishment of Solihull in the 12th centuries after which it became part of the parish of Solihull. and Shirley's remoteness attracted sporting activity in the form of bull baiting and cock fighting hence the name of the local pub the Plume of Feathers pub These activities encouraged the church authorities to start building St James Church opposite on the Stratford Road from.

Shirley grew rapidly in the late 19th century and early 20th century, as people moved out of Birmingham, helped by the opening of the railway. For a hundred years from the mid-nineteenth century, Shirley had a racecourse, and this was supplemented by a public lido in Sansome Road, the Odeon Cinema on Stratford Road, and the public library in Church Road, all in the 1930s.

Shopping & Retail

There are many shops and businesses in the area, many along the Stratford Road splitting Shirley.

To the south of the high street (Stratford Road, A34) there are two retail parks which has shops including retail outlets Argos, Boots and Toys R Us; DIY stores B & Q and Homebase; and electrical store Currys. To name a few.

Along the A34 Stratford Road there are many car dealerships such as Jaguar, BMW, Mini, Land Rover, Audi, Honda, Ferrari and Maserati.


There are many highly rated secondary schools such as Light Hall School, Alderbrook, Tudor Grange,Saint Peters and Solihull Sixth Form College serving Shirley. Further infant schools include Woodlands Lane School, Streetsbrook School, Blossomfield infants, Burman Road School and Our Lady of The Wayside.


Shirley has a public library and park, and a small patch of woodland at Bill's Wood. There is also the canal as an invaluable walking route into the Warwickshire countryside.


There are train services to Birmingham City Centre and to Stratford Upon Avon in the other direction from Shirley railway station which is located in Haslucks Green Road.

Shirley is also served by several bus routes.