Can any of the genealogists or local history buffs who read this blog help with this one? David Evans has found the following image doing a Google Image search. We’re wondering if the farm mentioned first might be in the Goblins Pit or Bullings Heath area, and maybe the names John Goodall or Joseph Plant could be researched for the actual location from historical records.
What is kind of interesting is the mention of the ‘lime work’ and the quantity of ‘Fine young timbers’. I can’t place the ‘Tenements’ however, so it’s wide open. Kings Hays, of course, still exists and covers now what’s known as the Fox Covey. The farm itself is the set of buildings on Salters Road adjacent the Fire Station. As to the advert itself, a surprising modernity of language makes it fairly easy reading, but what stood out typing it up was the Germanic capitalisation of all the nouns. Was that common, or is this text peculiar?
1772 Jan 13. No 1575 (?)
To be SOLD
A Freehold Estate at Walsall Wood End in the Parish of Walsall, in the County of Stafford, consisting of a substantial Farm House, with convenient Out-buildings, and four Messuages or Tenements adjoining, with upwards of 90 Acres of Land, a valuable Lime Work, and a Quantity of fine young Timber. The Premises in the holding of John Goodall, and Joseph Plant, who will show the same.
Also to be sold, a Freehold Farm called King’s Haysin the Parish of Aldridge, in the County of Stafford, consisting of a good Farm House, with Out-buildings, and upwards of thirty Acres of Land, all lying within a Ring Fence, together with a Right of Common without Stint, belonging to the same, with 500 Oaks and Ashes & c. growing on the same Farm,which is in the Tenure of Henry Siddons, who will show it – For further Particulars apply to Mr. Micheal Goodall of Packington, or Thomas Richardson, in Lichfield.