William Dargue A History of BIRMINGHAM Places & Placenames from A to Y
B20 - Grid reference SP048914
Brownes Green: first record 1538
Brownes Green was so-called as early as 1538 when Roger Browne was the tenant. He was paying 4s. 10d for renting a field here. The location is at the junction of Hamstead Hill and Englestede Close.
The term 'green' usually denotes an area of common grazing land and is probably medieval. This name is often marked on modern maps but is not in current use, the area being considered part of Handsworth Wood.
Take a look at Browns Green Lodge.
On Handsworth Wood Road stands an unusual Grade II Listed building, Browns Green Lodge is a cottage ornée with an overhanging roof supported on tree trunks with ogee-arched branches, ogee-headed door and windows with Y-tracery. An unusual example in Birmingham of the style, this was the lodge of the 18th-century Browns Green House which was demolished sometime before 1900.
William Dargue 12.10.2008/ 31.07.2010
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.