Solihull has been very fortunate in a number of regards in that whilst the Industrial Revolution transformed the socio-economic terrain of Britain, for better and for worse, Solihull was able to escape the problems that it brought and most curiously of all, was able to retain and maintain its identity as a small market town and yet support itself financially. Given that the rural communities were dying at an exponential rate as more and more people sought out employment in the towns where the newly built factories lay, Solihull remained steadfast and firm in the face of severe, radical change.
As the perils of the Second World War had the rest of England paralyzed in the grips of fear and the mass bombing campaigns implemented by the German Air Force continually acted as a sledgehammer to the well being and morale of the country, again, Solihul pretty much managed to escape it all. The Germans did not target the town instead concentrating their fire on nearby ports and towns leaving Solihul entirely intact. A long standing joke at the time went along the lines that if one wanted to remain safe a mere stroll during the Blitz campaigns to nearby Solihul was enough to protect one from the bombs!
The population of the town has exploded in recent times and to give you a more detailed idea as to the significant increase that has been enjoyed, whereas the population stood at 7,500 at the very beginning of the 20th century, this figure has now jumped all the way up to 100,000 and this has been the result of a number of different factors, some positive some negative.
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