B76 - Grid reference SP142946
Signal Hayes lies east of Sutton Coldfield to the north of Signal Hayes Road. Places with 'hay' or 'hayes' usually derive from the Old English word gehaeg meaning an 'enclosure', a field surrounded by a hedge. However, the orgin of the first element of the name is unknown - it may derive from a family name.
The fields here are fairly regular rectangles which date back to the enclosure of the Sutton commons during the 1820s. Another allied feature from that time is the length and straightness of the roads in the area, eg. Fox Hollies Road, Springfield Road and Reddicap Heath Rd.
William Dargue 08.03.09/ 01.08.2010
For 19th-century Ordnance Survey maps of Birmingham go to British History Online.