Kids Club history trail

Scroll through the years of Kingfishers history.

Middle Ages

Specialist Trades

During the middle ages it became a centre for needle-making - and this grew in to specialist works in the fish-hook, fishing-tackle, motorcycle and spring industries.

Fish hooks

1100s

Historical Sites

The town has a number of historical sites including the National Needle Museum, the ruins of Bordesley Abbey and the remains of a moated development called Moons Moat.

Historial sites

1348

Red-Dych

The first recorded mention of the town was as Red-Dych in 1348 (thought to be a reference to the red clay of the nearby River Arrow).

Red-Dych

1901

Royal Enfield Motorcycle

The town was home to the Royal Enfield Motorcycle. Manufacturing ended in the town in 1970, but the name continues - now in its third century - and the bikes are manufactured in Madras, India.

Royal Enfield Motorcycle

1964

The New Town

In 1964, it was designated a 'new town' and the population more than doubled from 32,000 to 77,000.

New Town

1976

Kingfisher Shopping Centre

Officially opened by the then Prime Minister, James Callaghan.

Shopping centre