FARMERS' FOLD, City Centre
Edward Farmer was a baker who held property here in
the middle of the 18th century. The fold is named after him.
FELLOWS ROAD, Green Lanes
Named after Walter Fellows, a Mayor of Bilston and
councillor for Ettingshall. His grandfather was "Honest John"
Fellows, also a councillor of Bilston. His daughter became
Alderman Annie Fellows.
FENN RISE, Willenhall
Just outside the city boundaries but well worth
recording that the road takes its name from the family of Samuel Fenn
(1817-1878) who owned Pool Hayes Colliery and Farm from the late 1860s
until 1885. Neighbouring Colliers Close, Acre Rise and The Hayes
were likewise named for this former site, which stood where Pool Hayes
School and Summer Hayes housing estates have now been built. Pool
Hayes farm itself was very old: in July 1660 William Whittaker of
Princes Street, Covent Garden, Middlesex, made a "discharge to Thomas
Foley for the sale of wood from a farm called Pool Hayes in
FINCHFIELD HILL, LANE, ROAD, GARDENS, Finchfield
Finchfield seems to mean what it says: a field with
finches. This area was once in the parish of Tettenhall and the
field boundaries on the old maps seem to me to show signs that this area
was once one or more common fields. That field or one of those
fields would have been named after the finches observed there.
Originally this would have been a tiny settlement but it expanded a bit
in the late 19th century with the appearance of some gentlemen's
residences and some workers' cottages. It eventually got a chapel
of ease, St. Mary's on Oak Hill, but probably never got as big as that
other Tettenhall outlier, Tettenhall Wood. Most of the suburban
development in the area came in the second half of the 20th century.
It was moved into Wolverhampton along with the rest of Tettenhall in
FOWLER STREET, Blakenhall
Henry Hartley Fowler was born May 16th 1830, the son of the
Rev. Joseph and Elizabeth Fowler. His father was a Wesleyan Minister and
his mother was the sister of John Hartley, who became mayor in the
Fowler trained as a solicitor and came to Wolverhampton as a
partner to Charles Corser, his future wife’s brother in law. On 6th
October 1857 he married Ellen Thorneycroft, the daughter of George
Benjamin Thorneycroft, who was Wolverhampton’s first mayor.
Fowler was elected to the Council as member for St Matthew’s Ward where
he championed the cause of new sewerage and adequate drainage for the
Town’s Streets. He later became mayor in 1862/3. He then stood for
Parliament and was elected with a large majority. In the capacity of a
Member of parliament he became, in the space of a few years, Financial
Secretary to the Treasury and a Privy Councillor. He was instrumental in
proposing the Wolverhampton Corporation Act of 1891 and became the first
freeman of the Borough in the following year. For a short time he was
appointed as Secretary of State for India, but the Liberals were then
voted out of power.
During the next ten years of Liberal opposition he remained very active
both inside and outside Parliament. In 1908 he was appointed Viscount
Wolverhampton as the Right Honourable Sir Henry fowler GCSI. He died in
1911 aged 83. The family lived at Summerfield, West Park, and later at
the Woodthorne, Wergs Road.
His daughter Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler 1860-1929 wrote many books about
the local area and persons, slightly changing their names. She married
Mr Alfred Felkin at Tettenhall in 1903.
FREEMAN PLACE, Bilston
Said to have been named after George Freeman, the manager of the "Copper
Side" of Bradley & Co (Beldray) of Mount Pleasant, Bilston, as he bought
one of the first houses in that cul de sac.
FRYERS STREET, FRYER STEET, City Centre
Alternatively named Cann Lane, this road bordered Fryer’s Yard and
Brickiln in 1755. By 1822 it had been renamed Railway Street,
leading down towards the Grand Junction Railway station at Heath Town.
In 1871 the name Fryer Street was given for a new smaller road
situated to the east of its first pathway, the present Fryer Street.