Britain By Car - A Motoring History

Longbridge

Located about seven miles south west of Birmingham, Longbridge was, until the late 19th century, a greenfield site, named after a long bridge that crossed the River Rea as it flows towards Birmingham.

The Austin Village

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 An estate of some 200 pre-fabricated timber houses, built in 1917, to accommodate the growing workforce at the Austin Works in Longbridge.

Location        
Coney Green Drive, Central Avenue, Hawkesley Crescent, and Hawkesley Drive, Longbridge, B31.

Date 1917 – present.

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The Longbridge Works

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Once one of Britain’s largest car plants, home to Austin, BMC, BLMC, BL Ltd, the Rover Group, and MG Rover.

Location
Bristol Road South, Longbridge Lane and Lickey Road, Longbridge, B31 2TB.

Date
1905 – 2005.

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MG Motor UK

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A small part of the former Longbridge Works is now home to MG Motor UK Ltd, under the ownership of the Shanghai Automotive Industrial Corporation, China’s largest motor company.

Location        
MG Motor UK Ltd, HQ, Main Gate, Lowhill Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham, B31 2BQ.

Date
2005 - present.

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