Southern Brownhills, Clayhanger and Shire Oak, 1884.

Ordnance Survey 1884 1:1250 plot of Brownhills, Catshill, Clayhanger and Walsall Wood. This is a scanned paper map, so may be slightly distorted due to paper stretch. A high resolution version is available from the links below. Note the 'Magazine' noted south of Walsall Wood Pit.

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.

1884 Southern Brownhills, Clayhanger and Shire Oak – JPEG image – 10.4 megabytes

1884 Southern Brownhills, Clayhanger and Shire Oak – PDF – 9 megabytes

I’d like to thank the anonymous reader who located this map and scanned it. You’re a star.

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8 Responses to Southern Brownhills, Clayhanger and Shire Oak, 1884.

  1. David Evans says:

    HI Bob
    many thanks for this “treasure”. Some houses have wells..did the others have bore-holes and pumps at that time, I wonder. The beginning of modern sanitation is seen with the sewerage farm nead the Black Cock area.
    Good fun, and very interesting to notice all the details shown in the map.
    David

  2. Boreholes are wells for the purposes of the OS – they rarely made a distinction except in communal facilities in squares, courtyards etc.

    The sewerage farm is interesting. I shall be investigation the ordure soon.

    I love maps

    Cheers

    Bob

  3. pedro says:

    Lichfield Mercury November 1901…

    Farm labourer required on the Brownhills Sewage Farm; must be a good all round man, used to general work on a farm, and the tending of cattle. Preference given to a man who has one or two lads ready to work on farm. Cottage found and 18s per week wages. Applications endorsed “labourer” to be sent with not more than three testimonials, to the undersigned…

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  8. D.Evans says:

    HI Bob
    from Margaret Brice’s booklet, Walsall Wood, one contributor to the articles noted that flush toilets were introduced around 1932.. Streets Corner area.of the village.
    David

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