Updated: 28 Nov 2012

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Four Oaks

An exclusive region of Sutton Coldfield which lends its own reputation to the rest of the town, albeit falsely. Four Oaks borders the Sutton Park and consists
mainly of private roads and large dwellings. In some cases four oaks must have actually been, illegally, built on park land.


Lichfield Road at the beginning of Four Oaks heading towards Mere Green. The building was formerly Stoneleigh Mansion
which became the Royal Court hotel then an apartment block.


Lichfield Road looking back towards town, the other direction leads to Mere Green.
The church, not to be outdone by the more impressive Trinity Church, is called Holy Trinity Church!

Methodist Church Four Oaks
Methodist Church Four Oaks
 
 

Not far from Four Oaks is Reod Lege: first record 957AD; Radley-moor: first record 1783

This lost placename, which probably means 'reed clearing', is found in the Charter of (Little) Aston and (Great) Barr of 957 AD. That document set out the boundaries of an early medieval estate which had been granted by an Anglo-Saxon king, Eadred to his minister, Wulfhelm. A stretch of the estate's eastern boundary is described as andlang Bradan Burnan in thaene Broc aet Reod Lege: 'along the Broad Bourne to the Brook at Radley'. The (Broad) Bourne is a stream east of Aldridge; the Brook at Radley runs northwards to cross Blake Street where there was originally a ford. Radley may have been a small settlement or a farm to the north of the ford, possibly on the present site of Aston Wood Golf course.

William Hutton mentions Radley Moor in his 1783 History of Birmingham when describing the route of the Roman road through Sutton Park and beyond:

 Ikenield-street, proceeds through Sutton park, and the remainder of the Coldfield; over Radley-moor; from thence to Wall, a Roman station.

The course of the Roman road is now represented by a stretch of Forge Lane at the western end of the golf course. Radley Moor, whose second element, moor means bog or marsh, was probably an area of uncultivated land on the site of the present golf course and beyond. There is a Moor Lane at Footherley to the north. This region surrounds what is now the Aston Woods Golf club.

Four Oaks Spraying Machine Company is now on its own page

http://billdargue.jimdo.com/placenames-gazetteer-a-to-y/places-f/four-oaks/

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