MAMMOTH DRIVE, COXSWELL AVENUE,
GLAISHER 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.
MANOR ROAD (Penn)
Penn Manor, constructed about 1851, was a large building with three
gables, having a huge walled garden. It stood on the corner of Penn Road
and Manor Road, opposite the present Medical Centre.
Inside the accommodation comprised of four large rooms on the lower
floor, eight on the first floor and four rooms in the attic.
There were several out-houses, a huge barn, stables and a carriage house.
The last owner was a Mr Francis Heckinger who divided the house into
flatlets. It was demolished in the 1950s.
The site is at present a public playing field.
MARCHANT ROAD, Green Lanes
Named after a Bilston Borough councillor.
STREET, City Centre
after the pig market which was held here when the Town Commissioners
removed the pig market from Dudley Street.
MASON STREET, Blakenhall
Named after Jeremiah Mason,
who owned the King's Arms on Dudley Road and other land hereabouts,
including the land he sold for the building of St. Luke's church and
school. He was associated with the early days of Wolverhampton
Wanderers FC when the club met in his pub.
MERRIDALE ROAD (also Lane, Court, Gardens, Avenue and Crescent)
The remains of Old Merridale Farm still stands on the corner of Merridale
Road and Merridale Lane. This was the home of the Salford Family who
obtained it by marriage in the 13th Century and remained
there, often in the capacity of lawyer or stewards of the manor, until
the death of Rev Michael Salford in 1601. It was then purchased in 1614
by Richard Jackson, whose brother Henry was Vicar of Dudley. Most of the
building was destroyed in 1930-1950 but the remains are now a listed
building. The lands were originally bought by the Petits who also owned
the New Merridale Farm, which is now better known as Bantock House.
The name Merridale means Mirey or Muddy Dale. The Graiseley Brook flows
through the valley between the two properties.
MERRILLS HALL LANE, Willenhall
Merrill’s Hall stood close to the junction with Waddems Brook Lane. It
was a moated manor house occupied by a family in the 17th
Century of the name of Merrill
McLean Road, Oxley, was named after the house builder, John McLean.
I lived there until I left school at the end of the 1950s.
MITRE FOLD, City Centre
At the corner of Mitre Fold and North Street stood
the Old Mire in, perhaps so called because a Catholic Bishop lived not
far away at Giffard House. We can assume that this pub provides
the derivation of the name.
MUCHALL ROAD, Upper Penn
Muchall means Great Hall and was one of the outlying hamlets of the
Village of Penn. It is spelled in various ways in the Parish
register…Migehall, Mushall, Muchale, Mycholl and Mitchell.
Muchall Hall stood at the corner of Mount Road (at one time called
Cuckoo Lane) and Manor Road. It was bought in 1815 by William
Thacker, a solicitor. When he died in 1854 the estate was sold in 30
lots. Lots 5-15 lay on the south eastern side of the Penn Road. On part
of this land Charles Clark was to build Muchall Grove about 1860. The
roadway through the land became Muchall Road. On the opposite side of
the Penn Road lots 16-30 became the land on which Wynn Road was to be