I would agree Michael that it did not look much like one , but could not see any other suitable candidate in Rocky lane on the left at the foot of a hill in the late 1800s
The Church in Rocky Lane was on the corner of Rocky Lane and Dorrington road, I walked past every School day from Dewsbury Grove to Dorrington road Schools from 1950 to1957.It doesn’t look much like a farm to me either. Looking at maps I think Rocky Lane was considerably altered at one time, probably when the 1930s housing was built.
There was once a chapel in Rocky Lane (and in fact there still is, but probably in a different position). Here’s the background from
British History Online.
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I also wonder how accurate WW2 'bombing maps' are. I lived in Grindleford Rd on Perry Beeches and as a very young child I was in the house (blue circle 1) when it was hit by an incendiary ... we had the fin off it for years but it got lost in a house move. It is not marked on the map.
In (blue circle 2) a high explosive hit and badly damaged 4 houses, the blast from it shook our house. I have chatted (on the forum) with someone who lived in Bradfield Rd. It is on the map.
In (blue circle 3) high explosives dropped in Perry Barr park, I remember looking in the craters.
Also a large unexploded bomb made a hole at the junction of Grindleford Rd and Thornbridge Ave but is not shown on the map.
Map (sorry I cannot get resolution higher)
There were antiaircraft gun sites at Perry Hall as well as Perry Barr parks. My Mother told me about the damage to our house roof in Dewsbury grove which was caused by the guns, presumably due to the falling shrapnel.Yes, my Nan's house was on the Walsall Road quite near Rocky Lane and neither she or my mother ever said there was heavy bombing in the area.
There were anti aircraft guns just across the road in Perry Barr Park so I would very much doubt it.