HIGHLANDS ROAD, Finchfield
Somebody once told me, but I forget who, that when
this estate was built this road was named after the highland cattle
which Alderman Bantock kept on his hobby farm where Bantock Park now is.
This is a nice story but if the developers had the cattle in mind, would
it not have been Highland Road?
HINCKES ROAD, Tettenhall.
Named after Theodosia Hinckes 1792-1874 , spinster
daughter of the Rev Josiah Hinckes who, was a members of the well-known
Wolverhampton family of that name. She built Tettenhall Wood House
between 1831-6 on 91 acres of land now partly occupied by the Woodcote
Road eastate. The house was demolished in 1969.
HOLLAND ROAD, Bilston
Albert Holland, the foreman/manager of one of the large machine shops
at Bradleys (Beldray), thought the road was named after him, he being
one of the first people to live there. But others may say that it
was named after his wife, Mrs Hattie Holland, a JP and local councillor
who represented the New Town Ward on the Bilston Urban District Council.
This road runs through the area of the same name, the
name being that of one of Wolverhampton's open fields. "Ley" is a
common place name ending in these parts, it usually being taken to
indicate a clearing made in woodland for the purposes of agriculture.
One is doubtful about saying that this clearing was associated with
horses, as earlier forms of the name, if they are ever found, may show a
Mander records Horseley Field as one of the open
fields of the town. But he also notes it as being called Horselow Field
"named, it might be supposed, after some long forgotten tumulus in the
area. Whether Horseley Fields (now a street) is the same name in
origin, is uncertain".
HUGHES AVENUE, Birches Barn Estate
Alfred Hughes lived in the Wergs Road. A long serving member of the
Council, he became Chairman of the Housing Committee when Mr F H
HUGHES ROAD, Green Lanes
Named after Walter Hughes. Several
roads on this estate are named after councillors and probably it was
mainly his service as a Conservative councillor in Bilston that this
street name records. But he was also Managing Director of a local
engineering company, ran a furniture store, was a JP, a county
councillor, a churchwarden of St. Lawrence, President of the Rotary
Club, etc.. In addition to all that he wrote science fiction
novels, mainly for children and young adults, under the pseudonym Hugh
HUMPHRIES CRESCENT, Bradley
Named after Harold Humphries, who was the last mayor of the Borough
of Bilston in 1966.