The Saracen's Head - Tudor Merchant's House

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The Saracen's Head

 

The area of Kings Norton is historically rich and its Green is located at the center of a community which is growing and diverse. One of the oldest Scottish grammar schools, a church which dates back to the 12th century, and a merchant’s house which was built in the 15th century are all on the Green. This group of buildings is presently known collectively as the Saint Nicolas Place.

The old Tudor Merchant's House, formerly known as Saracen’s Head, was most probably the biggest house of the king’s manor in the fifteenth century. It boasts of lavishly decorated workmanship from the Middle Ages. The building’s sophisticated structural attributes is proof that House was held in high esteem.

It was rumored that this was where Queen Henrietta Maria, Charles I’s wife, lodged en route to Yorkshire where she had assembled troops for the faction of the Royalists during the English Civil War. In July 1642, the steadfast Catholic Queen came to Kings Norton with over five thousand men. She probably stayed in what is called the Queen's Room, as her loyal soldiers camped out in the area just behind the church. This is probably why this lane is still called Camp Lane.