B29 - Grid reference SP015826
Barnes Hill is still in use as a streetname and is named after John Barnes, a master brickmaker who lived at Blakenell Corner. The 1851 Census recorded 11 households at Blakenell Corner. The name may be medieval meaning 'Blecca's/ Blaca's nook' or 'black nook.'
John T Smith contacted this site with information that his father's birth certificate in 1905 records the name as Blackmore Corner. His father was born in a cottage on the corner of Alwold Rd and Barnes Hill. The more element is a medieval term for marshy ground, here referring to the valley of Bournbrook which flows through Woodgate Valley and across Harborne golf course.
See also Shenley.
William Dargue 10.03.2009/ 05.08.2012
For 19th-century Ordnance Survey maps of Birmingham go to British History Online.
Map below reproduced from Andrew Rowbottom’s website of Old Ordnance Survey maps Popular Edition, Birmingham 1921.
Click the map to link to that website.