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


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



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).



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


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


Kingfisher Shopping Centre

Officially opened by the then Prime Minister, James Callaghan.

Shopping centre