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ASTON MANOR, a municipal and parliamentary borough of
Warwickshire, England, adjoining Birmingham on the north-east.
Pop. (1901) 77,326. There are extensive manufactures, including
those of motors and cycles with their accessories, also paper-mills,
breweries, &c., and the population is largely industrial.
Aston hall38401-h.htm'>hall, erected by Sir Thomas Holte in 1618-1635, is an
admirable architectural example of its period, built of red brick.
It stands in a large park, the whole property being acquired by
the corporation of Birmingham in 1864, when the mansion
became a museum and art gallery. It contains the panelling
of a room from the house of Edmund Hector, which formerly
stood in Old Square, Birmingham, where Dr Samuel Johnson
was a frequent visitor. Aston Lower Grounds, adjoining the
park, contain an assembly hall38401-h.htm'>hall, and the playing field of the
Aston Villa Football Club, where the more important games
are witnessed by many thousands of spectators. Aston Manor
was incorporated in 1903. The parliamentary borough returns
one member. The corporation consists of a mayor, 6 aldermen
and 18 councillors. Area, 960 acres.
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