William Dargue A History of BIRMINGHAM Places & Placenames from A to Y
B73 - Grid reference SP098943
First record 1656
At the junction of the Chester Road and College Road at New Oscott, this is a name of unknown origin. This was an area notorious in the 17th century for highway robberies. It possibly recalls the hanging of a highwayman here. The name appears on a map in William Dugdale's Antiquities of Warwickshire which was published in 1656.
See also nearby The Beggars Bush and Gibbett Hill.
William Dargue 28.03.2009
For 19th-century Ordnance Survey maps of Birmingham go to British History Online.