Sutton Coldfield is a town within the City of Birmingham. Sutton (as it is often abbreviated to) is located about 13 km (8 miles) from central Birmingham, in the northeast of the city, and has a population of about 105,452.
In 1528, a charter of King Henry VIII gave the town the right to be known for ever as "The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield" and to be governed by a warden and society. The charter was secured by Bishop John Vesey. This unreformed corporation survived until 1885, when it was replaced by a municipal borough. Although the title "Royal Town" was still used, the municipality created in 1885 was not itself a Royal Borough. The town and borough were ceremonially part of Warwickshire until 1974. The formal Mayoral chains of office are now on display in Birmingham Council House.
Sutton's designation as part of the City of Birmingham (since 1974) has been a point of contention amongst many of its snobbish residents. Some residents wish to revert back to the pre-1974 situation when Sutton was a separate town as opposed to a suburb of Birmingham.
** Sutton Park**
The area is home to Sutton Park, one of the largest urban parks in Europe. It has an area of 2224.2 acres and is used as part of the course for the Great Midlands Fun Run, sponsored by the Sutton Coldfield Observer. The park is a national nature reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. New Hall Valley, which separates Walmley and Maney, is the location of New Hall Valley Country Park which was opened formally on August 29, 2005. It has an area of 160 acres. There are also several nature reserves including Plants Brook Nature Reserve, in Walmley, and Hill Hook Nature Reserve.
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