William Dargue  A History of BIRMINGHAM Places & Placenames from A to Y

Hob Moor

B25 - Grid reference SP117858

Where Hob Lane, now Hob Moor Road, forded the River Cole was Hob Moor. A medieval term, moor refers to marshy land which was subject to winter flooding and which provided lush pasture in summer.

The word hob means a hobgoblin, a mischievous sprite; there may have been an unusual landscape feature here. The ford here is still shown on the 1921 Ordnance Survey map.


See also Hobs Moat.

William Dargue  27.03.2009/ 23.07.2015