Muntz family distinguished themselves in industry and politics

The name of Muntz is printed across the map of Birmingham almost as commonly as Tesco or Asda. There is a Muntz Park in Selly Oak (off Umberslade Road), a tower block called Muntz House in Ladywood, and a Muntz Street in Small Heath.
This is not altogether surprising, for Birmingham was once awash with Muntzes; so much so that it’s easy to mix them all up. Three of them were Members of Parliament, three were called Philip, and most of them sported great bushy beards. If the surname itself doesn’t exactly sound local, this is no surprise either. The Muntz family ori …