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The ancient parish of Yardley included the areas known as Stechford and Hall Green.
The area of Gilbertstone straddles the border of Yardley and South Yardley.
In 2012, the Swan Shopping Centre was opened in the area serving the Yardley area in the place of the old Swan Centre which used to hold markets. Yardley is named in the Domesday Book and was referred to as early as 972 in King Edgar's Charter where it is named Gyrdleah.It is served by National Express West Midlands buses, most connecting to Birmingham city centre, outer circle, Chelmsley Wood and Solihull.The area used to be well-served by horse-buses and then by steam buses.Yardley has a Tudor hall called Blakesley Hall and an old church, St Edburgha's, that dates back to the 13th century, with the church tower and spire dating to the 15th century.It was not established by the abbey, but by Aston Church in the Diocese of Lichfield.