Mad about the Mouse

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Mouse Hill was the site of the notorious Pelsall Hall Colliery. Imagery from Bing! Maps.

This is just a quick question for the history wonks out there who have some knowledge of Pelsall.

I’ve been asked by someone who’s due to give a talk to local schoolchildren where the name ‘Mouse Hill’ comes from. That’s a jolly good question, and I have no idea.

Mouse Hill is a fairly sharp hill, and was once the beating heat of industrial Pelsall, as it’s where the Pelsall Hall Colliery stood for many years. But how did this curious name come to pass?

Please do comment here or mail me: Brownhillsbob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.

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8 Responses to Mad about the Mouse

  1. Andy Dennis says:

    I used to cycle home via Goscote Lane, Mouse Hill, Paradise Lane. Viewed from the Goscote side I always thought Mouse Hill was more or less mouse-shaped.

  2. It says here http://blackcountryhistory.org/collections/getrecord/WAHER_MBL2300/

    “Description: Origin of this name is uncertain, but 1843 tithe map records a field named ‘Malthouse Croft’ close to the hall, at the top of the hill, and it is suggested that through time this name could have been abreviated to ‘M’house’.”

    It says the same here http://pelsallhistorycentre.wix.com/pelsallhistorycentre#!peolshalh/c23pa

  3. Elaine O'Neill says:

    As I understand Mouse Hill may have taken it’s name from a nearby street. This is the oldest part of Pelsall and the earliest settlement started in this area praps even dating to Anglo Saxon. The original main street was Paradise Lane/Old Town Lane until it was outgrown and the ‘centre’ of the village moved to where it is now.

  4. David Evans says:

    Hi Bob

    possibly Mow’s Hill…..ref now demolished Barley Mow pub? Like Cramp Hill in Darlaston, a good topic.
    kind regards
    David, running in the new specs.

  5. Pedro says:

    The name must have been in use prior to Jan 1894….

    Property sold Mouse Hill, Pelsall…..Dwelling house and garden sold for £150

  6. David Evans says:

    Hi Pedro
    my new super dooper specs have the latest, slightly fawn, anti glare coating….better for seeing things as they really are…so the sales lady said. Could be fun!
    My father was a Pelsall Heath End mon..For him Mouse Hill was so called because it was small, like a mouse.
    kind regards
    David

  7. Clive says:

    Hello found this bit of info showing that mouse hill has been around for some time: Dame Dorothy Bridgeman bequethed £60 for the poor, which is to be invested in land at Mouse Hill. Date 1694.
    This was in some old document, can’t for the life of me remember what doc though!

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