I’ve come across a paper map of southern Brownhills, Clayhanger and Shire Oak from the 1884 first survey, which I thought I’d share with readers.
It’s an interesting document, and worthy of close study. I like the notation of letter boxes at Shire Oak Crossroads and Clayhanger, and I’m intrigued by the ‘Magazine’ noted south of Walsall Wood Colliery. Note Rose Villa at Clayhanger (later to be Caddick House, I believe). It’s worth also noting that Brownhills Gasworks seems to be built on a mound – possibly, and I stress possibly – one of the lost Catshill tumuli, rumoured to be in the area. I also like the note of a Swingbridge on the canal near Clayhanger, which would have given the name to Swingbridge Farm.
For David Evans, wells are extensively noted with the ‘W’ mark. Other abbreviations are decoded by the Ordnace Survey themselves here.
You can download copies of this map at high resolution below. They’re quite large, so patience will be required on slow connections.
I’d like to thank the anonymous reader who located this map and scanned it. You’re a star.