Henrietta Maria, King's Norton Green, and Saracen's Head green plaque in Birmingham

King's Norton Green
The green has been a public centre of
King's Norton for at least 500 years. During
most of that time the Manor of King's Norton, extending from Rednal to Balsall Heath, was the property of the King. The 15th century "Saracen's Head" (next to the churchyard) was once the house of the bailiff, who was responsible for administrating justice in the Manor. During the Civil War Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I, spent a night at the house on her journey from Yorkshire to gather troops and rejoin the King at Oxford.
The Green has been used for centuries for meetings, fairs and markets, and although the area of King's Norton Parish is much smaller than in the Middle Ages the number of people coming through to The Green is vastly greater so please treat it with care.

Henrietta Maria of France (French: Henriette Marie de France; 25 November 1609 – 10 September 1669) was queen consort of England, Scotland, and Ireland as the wife of King Charles I. She was mother of two monarchs, Charles II and James II, and grandmother of three: Mary II, William III and Anne.Her Catholic religion made her unpopular in England, and also prohibited her from being crowned in an Anglican service; therefore she never had a coronation. She began to immerse herself in national affairs as civil war loomed on the horizon, and was compelled to seek refuge in France in 1644, following the birth of her youngest daughter, Henrietta, during the height of the First English Civil War. The execution of King Charles in 1649 left her impoverished. She settled in Paris, and then returned to England after the Restoration of her eldest son, Charles, to the throne. In 1665, she moved back to Paris, where she died four years later.The North American Province of Maryland was named in her honour, and the name was carried over into the current US state of Maryland.

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The Saracen's Head is the name formerly given to a group of late medieval buildings in Kings Norton, Birmingham. The buildings, together with the nearby Old Grammar School, won the BBC Restoration series in 2004. Following the restoration project, the Old Grammar School, Saint Nicolas Church and the Tudor Merchant's House (formerly the Saracen's Head) were given the collective name of Saint Nicolas Place.

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