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

Moor Street

B32 - Grid reference SO991829

de la More: first record 1275

Moor Street 1938 looking towards The Crown Inn; image used courtesy of Bartley Green District History Group.
Moor Street 1938 looking towards The Crown Inn; image used courtesy of Bartley Green District History Group.

It is not unusual to have what is apparently a street-name as a placename, but it can be confusing. Even more confusing when there is no street here called Moor Street. This is a locality at the south-west end of Woodgate Valley Country Park. It lies around the junction of Clapgate Lane and Woodgate Lane.

 

Moor Street was only ever a hamlet, and by 1840 a row of cottages stood here. It was not until after the Second World War that this area was built up as part of the housing developments around Bartley Green.

 

A moor was the medieval term for a marshy boggy area - the Bourn Brook is close by.

 

 

William Dargue 07.04.2009/ 26.07.2015

 

 

 

For 19th-century Ordnance Survey maps of Birmingham go to British History Online.

See http://www.british-history.ac.uk/mapsheet.aspx?compid=55194&sheetid=10115&ox=650&oy=2733&zm=2&czm=2&x=-4&y=170

 

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.