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Beggars Bush

mikejee

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The corn maps were one of the tithe maps drawn to make clear what tithes were extant, so it could all be regularised.. I am not sure what the exact difference between the corn and tithe maps were.
 

Vivienne14

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Pedro. Penns Lane is an ancient lane known to have existed in 1596 and was the lane leading from Penns Mill towards Erdington.

Looking at a 1913 map the footprint of the middle older shops/buildings on B'ham Road near the top of Penns Lane seem very different to the adjoining shops. Two very simple buildings. I suspect these are older than the adjoining buildings.

Also shown is Broadfields which is set right back off Birmingham Road.
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Then looking again at the 1834 map the buildings look to be set very close to the main road. So I'm not sure it can be Broadfields on the 1834 map. Looking closely at the 1834 map you can just make out a lane between those buildings. I think this must be the position of the later Florence Road. I'm still wondering if this was once a farm or even an inn? Being positioned like that so close to the ancient Penns Lane just raises (even more!) questions for me.

And finally, assuming there was a Beggars Bush here, I would expect it to be near the boundary eg near the Old Bell and Cuckoo perhaps ? .

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Lady Penelope

master brummie
Thanks Everyone, a lot of information to take in. Much of the land around the Green Lanes area (and indeed Sutton town itself) was owned by Emmanuel College, Cambridge. I shall take some time to work out where these plots were and have a look at the tithe information.
 

Lady Penelope

master brummie
Viv, sorry I missed your post when I read the above but you can see where the boundary is - it runs along the side of Broadfields on the 1913 map, shown by the dotted line. Such a lot to think about again.
 

Lady Penelope

master brummie
I have just been looking at the 1851 census for this part of the road. I could find nothing to say that there was an inn, beerhouse or anything between Broadfields House and the Horse & Jockey, so it looks as if it had gone by then. I find the 1841 census quite difficult round that area as everything seems to have a different name and the enumerator seems to jump around although this may be that there is a great distance between dwellings.
The old properties I mentioned in an earlier post looked to be early Victorian and they would be the four opposite Holifast Road (with the white frontages on the map). They were to the right of the ones in Viv's modern street view so if the Beggars' Bush was opposite Penns Lane it would be where Oxfam is now.
 

Lady Penelope

master brummie
This is a response to my last post. Believe it or not, although I have been looking at censuses since Hector was a pup, I have only just found out that at the beginning of the census the enumerator will usually tell you exactly where he went on his perambulations. I have spent X amount of years looking for landmarks etc. so that I can be sure I'm actually in the right place. Just goes to show that you're never too old to learn!
 

mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
Unfortunately Lady P, this does no seem to be the case for the 1911 census, or at least does not seem to be scannned
 

Lady Penelope

master brummie
Yes Mike, you're right. The 1911 is completely different as householders filled in their own returns didn't they? With, I have to say, quite varying results. It would be interesting to find out how the forms were distributed and collected. I meant to mention that it was missing from this census so thanks for pointing it out. May have confused people otherwise.
 

Radiorails

master brummie
..........and worth remembering that many people could not read or write. So presumably other people helped fill in their forms - with varying degrees of accuracy I am sure.
 

Big Gee

master brummie
Keith Berry photographed the Princess Alice Orphanage site which was the other side of Jockey Road from the Beggars Bush pub. His photos and comments below. Click the pic to enlarge
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Hi OM,

very interested to see the photos of the Princess Alice, and also reference to car boot sales. I have (very) vague memories of going to the Orphanage when very young, taken there by my mother at Christmas, but I'm blowed if I can remember why. Regarding car boot sales, my wife and I did several there, and always made a bob or two! The tower was quite a landmark in the area. Then about 15 years ago I used to rehearse at the older building at the back of the Pizza Hut, this building I think being a remaining part of the Orphanage - it basically consisted of a large hall with a good stage, and kitchen facilities. I don't even know if it's still there. But I do recall that we had the hall after a kids' karate class, and a few of the youngsters would stay behind for a while to listen to music they'd probably never heard before - Dylan, Fairport, blues, stuff like that.

G
 

Lady Penelope

master brummie
Brampton Hall has only just gone. Our cubs used to play football on the pitches there. I think they call it progress.
 

Big Gee

master brummie
Lady P,

yes, Brampton Hall. I'd forgotten. I'm very sorry to hear that it's gone, as apart from our rehearsing there it was used for various activities, club lunches, and so forth. Is nothing sacred any more?

G
 

Lady Penelope

master brummie
Going back to the Beggars Bush at Green Lanes - I've been reading about the parish boundary dividing Sutton from Erdington and apparently Penns Lane, a very ancient road, was the boundary originally rather than Holifast Road as at present. This would make sense for the parish boundary theory of 'Beggars Bushes'.

I believe the New Oscott Bush was originally The Hawthorn Bush and on maps from the early 1800's the field to the west of the Chester Road is Hawthorn Brook Field leading down to Shortheath Road, the 'bogs' and Witton Lakes.
 
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