The Yardley Conservation Society note Yardley as a village of remarkable survival, which retains more of its rural atmosphere than any other village now incorporated within Birmingham. The area was designated a Conservation Area in July 1969 and was upgraded to Outstanding category in 1976, the only one so far in the city.
At the heart of Yardley is the historic church of St Edburgha’s a Grade I listed building built in stone which dates back to the 13th Century and has been a centre for worship for over 1000 years.
Ian Lane ‘The Stone Mason’ who can be seen below carving Rev William J Sands name onto the Tablet at St Edburgha’s Church. Using almost exactly the same methods as those used by the Romans, the lettering is marked on the stone by hand and carved into the stone using nothing more than hammer and chisels.
Friends of Old Yardley Park are a group of local people who aim to protect the ancient parkland in Yardley. The society have recently created a blog to tell the story of what happens at Old Yardley Park which can be viewed here.