Watland Green

B9 Grid reference SP113864

Watland Green lay east of Yardley Green Road and Belchers Lane and is shown on Tomlinson's map of 1760 . The name probably means 'wheat land'.In the Middle Ages wheat was a premium crop. Whereas barley, oats and rye would tolerate poorer soils and growing conditions, wheat thrived best on heavy rich soils in somewhat sheltered places.

William Dargue 09.01.10



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

See http://www.british-history.ac.uk/mapsheet.aspx?compid=55193&sheetid=10100&zm=2&x=0&y=273&ox=325&oy=2100.