GLAISHER DRIVE, COXSWELL AVENUE,
MAMMOTH DRIVE, Science Park, Stafford Road
These are the three roads which serve
the Science Park. The Park is built on the site of the old
Wolverhampton Gas Works which produced a very might gas which was often
used by balloonists. The roads are named after Henry Coxswell and
James Glaisher who, on 5th September 1862, rose from this site to a
height of c.30,000 feet, then a world altitude without oxygen (they
passed out and nearly died). After some research it was found that
the balloon was called Mammoth.
GRANGE ROAD, Tettenhall.
Before the enclosure of Tettenhall Wood Common
circa 1809 Grange Road was a track discharging onto the common alongside
the old farmhouse now known as ‘The Grange’ A grange was strictly an
outlying farmstead belonging to a monastic order but despite ‘The
Grange’ dating back to the sixteenth century, there is no evidence that
it was ever a monastic property. It is more likely that when it ceased
to be a farm and became a gentleman’s residence at about the time of the
common enclosure, it adopted a then current romantic practice of naming
houses ‘Granges’ to give them some social standing. The fact that the
owner at the time was a Mr. Henry Grainger may have been an additional
Following the common enclosure Grange Road was
extended at right angles to link up with the new Wood Road near to
Tettenhall village, but this extension was cut off in the late 1960’s
and renamed Heywood Drive. One unusual feature of Grange Road is that
the odd numbers begin at one end and the even numbers at the other end,
leading to considerable confusion!
GRAISELEY, HILL, ROW, OLD HALL(Graiseley)
Graiseley Old Hall is one of the last and certainly the most interesting
remnants of Tudor antiquity in the City.
Nicholas Ridley, a merchant of the staple, who died in about 1524,
probably built it. His great granddaughter, Rachel Rydley married John
Ratton of Mosley in August 1603.
Ratton’s lack of money sense sealed the fate of the estate, which was
sold to William Normansell. It would be useful to study the field names
since the Graiseley Ward area is about a mile from the Old Hall.