Northfield was a village within the rural north Worcestershire countryside before it was formally absorbed into Birmingham in 1919. The name Nordfeld is of Saxon origin, likely to be a reference to the settlement being open land north of Bromsgrove, and was first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086.
It’s also home to St Laurence Church, one of three remaining medieval churches in Birmingham, with the present church mainly built during the 12th to 15th centuries. However it’s almost certainly Anglo-Saxon as the priest is also mentioned in the Domesday Book.
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