How high is Birmingham?

As I mentioned there’s been a major clear out in the office but thought I should share this one:

Fed up a couple of years ago with the ‘second city’ tag I wondered if Birmingham is the highest city in the country? I mailed Ordnance Survey and they said they couldn’t tell me. Then they mailed to say they could, then within 24 hours mailed to say they couldn’t. “Well if you can’t then who can?” I ask “Beats us” they say.

Not buying this I dropped a line to my wonderful local MP Dr Lynne Jones who wrote to Ordnance Survey on my behalf and below is their reply. Shame about the result but now we know and hopefully something here for you pub quiz compilers:



Having been prompted by Dr Lynne Ordnance Survey sent the following too

The Rest!

Heights for cities in England based upon the average height of the points within a city boundary:


9 thoughts on “How high is Birmingham?

  1. Consolation can be found in the good lands of Bromwich – that majestic structure just off the Birmingham Road, standing a lofty 551ft / 168m above sea-level, is the highest football league ground in the country, and the last to be built in the 19th century.

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  3. Very good result! But I’d like to see two more things: the other list, of averaged heights, and the name of the city with the distinction of being the lowest (and probably most prone to flooding or sea level rise). Partly because if it’s on the Thames, then the recent Thinktank/LSE/Tory idea about moving people from higher to lower elevations has an interesting connotation.

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