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This delightful little book approaches the history of Sutton Coldfield from a different perspective, with an unusual map of Sutton Park and also some pretty pen and ink drawings. Both the park and the town are charmingly described and there is also a smattering of interesting advertisements from the late 1880s.
1817 Ordnance Survey Drawing - click on the map image to enlarge it.
Warwickshire Sheet 4.15a Sutton Coldfield 1886 - published 2015; intro by Roger Lea. ISBN.978-1-84784-881-9
Warwickshire Sheet 8.15 Bromford Bridge 1913 - published 2004; intro by Roger Lea. ISBN.978-1-84151-654-7
Warwickshire Sheet 8.07 Erdington (Chester Road) 1913 - published 2003; intro by Roger Lea. ISBN.978-1-84151-577-9
Warwickshire Sheet 8.11 Erdington (East) 1913 - published 2004; intro by Roger Lea. ISBN.978-1-84151-686-8
Warwickshire Sheet 4.11 Four Oaks 1902 - published 2009; intro by Roger Lea. ISBN.978-1-84784-310-4
Warwickshire Sheet 4.15b Sutton Coldfield 1913 - published 1993; intro by Roger Lea. ISBN.978-0-85054-615-6
Warwickshire Sheet 8.03 Wylde Green 1913 - published 2013; intro by Roger Lea. ISBN.978-1-84784-677-8
This area guide will help you find out more about Erdington (and the rest of Birmingham) in the 1930’s. It was published in 1933 while Birmingham was still a County Borough. The opening page states that it ranked in point of population as the third city of Great Britain. It was ideally situated close to valuable coal and iron fields and has become a great industrial and commercial centre with railways and canals radiating in all directions. Its pre-eminence in the manufacture of all kinds of metal ware, as well as of other products of great extent and variety, has raised it to the proud position of being the virtual capital of the English Midlands.
This is the first map to show the Park in any detail, and also shows other parts of Sutton. The map appears in William Dugdale’s History and Antiquities of Warwickshire. Second edition (1730)
Historic maps of the whole of Birmingham- you need to scroll down on the right-hand side of the screen and select which one you want.
This is a plan of the Town of Sutton Coldfield in the County of Warwick and of the several Farms and Lands adjoining thereto belonging to Andrew Hacket Esq.
Surveyed in the Year 1765 by John Snape.
This is a miscellany of 13 maps kept in a red folder within the NG Evans Collection in Sutton Coldfield Library Archives. Some are his own reproductions of 19thc maps but all are very interesting to the local historian.
These are the two Maps referred to in William Midgley’s “Sutton Coldfield Town and Chase (1904)”, the text of which book is to be found on this website under Links/Book and above.
Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile County Series, being the most detailed topographic mapping that covers all of England and Wales from the 1840s to the 1950s.
Using details from these maps and books you can find out who owned land in Sutton Coldfield at the time of the Corn Rent in 1824 and Enclosure in 1851. (With thanks to Sutton Coldfield Library for allowing us to make these available on the Sutton Coldfield Local History Research Group website (www.sclhrg.org.uk)
This very useful little book contains a wealth of interesting information about Sutton Coldfield, its notable people and places, and its park at the beginning of the 20th century.
This is Saxton’s map of Warwickshire and Leicestershire, 1576.
This set of 19 Victorian Ordnance Survey Maps has recently been generously donated to the Sutton Coldfield Local History Research Group for use by its members. These very revealing and interesting maps are all dated around the late 1880s and many are coloured.
The text (but not maps) of William Midgley’s Sutton Coldfield Town and Chase (1904)