Named after the Old Heath Colliery, over which the road was built in about 1922.  

(Roy Jones)


The bungalows in this road were all designed for old people.  It is named after Ormond Jones.  He had been a professional goalkeeper in East Anglia (either Norwich or Ipswich) and worked at Wednesbury Tube.  He was councillor, alderman and mayor of Bilston.  

(Tom Larkin) 

ORMES LANE, Tettenhall Wood

An old track from Compton Holloway to Tettenhall, partly superseded when Wood Road was built. It was named after the ‘Orme’ family who resided at the lower end of it, William Orme being there at the turn of the 18th century.

(Keith Cattell)


The deeds of a house in Richmond Road include the following recitals, which indicate that these roads were named after Henry Wright Owen and his decendant Mary Elizabeth Bruford:

1852  Will of John Louis Petit of 9 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, Middlesex,  (died 1868), left most of his lands including Old Merridale Farm to his trustees, Thomas Salt the Elder and the Younger of Stafford, for the benefit of his wife and 3 sisters.

  1870  The Salts sold Old Merridale Farm to Henry Wright Owen of Compton Hill

  1876  Will of Henry Wright Owen (died 1894) left  it to his Trustees, (wife and two sons, later adding his daughter) with indication to sell for development – and they presumably did so!

  1922 Henry Owen and Mary Elizabeth Bruford, formerly Owen, sold this plot on Richmond Road to Wilfred Thomas Whitehouse, Railway Clerk of Leicester Street.

(John White)


Oxbarn Farm was situated on the present site of Warstones School. The fields lay between Pinfold Lane and Coalway (Lane) and beyond towards Bradmore. The lands formed part of the estate of Thomas Higgins Burne, who let it on a yearly basis to John Tandy. As a tenant farmer Tandy provided the working capital and stock for his farm. His brother, Thomas, was the landlord of the Holly Bush Inn; and his father, Henry Tandy, farmed Penn Wood Farm to the East of St Bartholomews Church. This is shown on the 1841 Penn tithe map.

In July 1875 the lands were sold by auction at the Swan Inn at Wolverhampton. In the 1920s the farm then farmed by the Keays was sold for housing purposes. The Oxbarn Avenue area was developed in the early 1930’s. It occupies the former lands of Oxbarn Farm.  

(Peter Hickman)


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