Penn consists of two old villages, Upper Penn and Lower Penn. It covers an area of just over six square miles and lies along the southern borders of Wolverhampton. There has been a permanent settlement here since Anglo-Saxon times when a small farming community worked the land. Lower Penn is still predominantly a farming area, whereas most of Upper Penn was redeveloped for housing in the 1930s.

The old Penn village disappeared when the A449 was widened to form a dual carriageway. When you travel along it today it's easy to forget that this part of Penn was once a village in its own right, rather than a Wolverhampton suburb.

This is the story of an ancient settlement that grew into a farming community, which has been partly superseded by urbanisation. The story is in several parts and will appear in serial form.

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Part 1