William Dargue A History of BIRMINGHAM Places & Placenames from A to Y
B44 - Grid reference SP074925
A location near the junction of College Road and Kingstanding Road is shown on the 1834 Ordnance Survey map as Gorsey Bank. The name probably derives from gorst, the medieval name for gorse or furze, a shrub which survives on quick-draining land that is often less suitable for agriculture. The site has never been built on and is now the location of Birmingham City University playing fields.
William Dargue 05.03.2009/ 02.08.2010
For 19th-century Ordnance Survey maps of Birmingham go to British History Online.