The Early History of Handsworth
Geographically, the parish of Handsworth is set in the centre of the diamond-shaped Birmingham Plateau, surrounded by the rivers Trent, Severn and Avon and cut into by the Tame. The latter is important from the point of view of local history. This location, together with the fact that it was a forest area, shaped its early history more than any single factor.
The settlement received its name as a derivation from that of the chieftain making the settlement, the chief’s name being possibly “Honde” or “Hune”. Early forms of Handsworth were possibly “Hondesworde” and “Hunesworth”, signifying Honde’s or Hune’s estate.