Human settlement in England
Solihull is a large, historic market town in the south of the West Midlands, England, with a population of 123,187 at the 2011 Census. Historically in Warwickshire, Solihull is situated on the River Blythe in the Forest of Arden area, south of the centre of England. It is the largest town in, and seat of, the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull, which has a population of 214,909. Solihull is the most affluent town in the West Midlands region, and one of the most affluent areas in the UK outside London. The town is largely rural, with three quarters of the borough designated green belt. The town has roots dating back to the 1st century BC, and was further formally established during the Anglo Saxon and Norman eras of British history. Today the town is famed as, amongst other things, the home of the Land Rover car marque, and the British equestrian eventing team.