William Dargue A History of BIRMINGHAM Places & Placenames from A to Y
B17 - Grid reference SP024838
Gravel Bank is shown on the Ordnance Survey map of 1890 on Northfield Road in Harborne south of its junction with Tibbetts Lane.
Geologically the term 'gravel' is used to describe small fragments of rock that have been eroded, transported and deposited, in this case, by glaciation. Gravel was used from medieval times for road making and in some building techniques. There was still a gravel pit in use after the First World War west of Fredas Grove on what is now Harborne golf course.
See also Gravelly Hill and Greet.
William Dargue 05.03.2009/ 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.