History

Pheasey is part of the greater area of Great Barr which is a surburb north of Birmingham based around the Scott Arms Junction but under the control of three different councils, Brimingham, Sandwell and Walsall.

The word barr means a hill or summit in the Celtic language of the people who lived here before the Anglo-Saxons arrived. Magna or Great Barr was part of the manor given by William 1 to William Fitzansculf as Baron of Dudley following the Norman invasion of 1066. The manor was eventually sold to the Scott family in 1618. They built Great Barr Hall and remained there until 1911.

Simon Vesey bought some land in Barr in 1559, but over the years the spelling changed to Pheasey, which is how the estate got its name. George Smith farmed at Pheasey for many years and when he left, the land was sold to the First National Housing Trust.

Building began in 1937. The road names were chosen by the developers and have no local connections. They all commemorate artists, engravers or sculptors, some of them being rather better known than others.

In the 1950’s, Park Farm, which was the Home Farm of the Great Barr Estate, was also sold for housing, the development being completed in 1981.

Sir Walter Scott, the novelist, was a visitor to Great Barr Hall and is supposed to have modelled his estate at Abbotsford on the Hall’s gardens. This may account for the developer’s decision to give some of the Park Farm Estate roads Scottish names. However, the reason for the other names has not been discovered, all we know is that they were accepted by Aldridge U.D.C. in 1954.

In 1974 when you had the major boundary changes Pheasey moved to Walsall, however there was a campaign to move it to Birmingham Council which failed on a vote at the time.

After years of debate, controversy and referral to the Government permission in 2006 was granted to build homes on the green belt of the old St Margarets Hospital at the back of Park Farm (Great Barr Park as known by many). This development was completed in 2008 to be called Nether Hall Park and still controversy goes on with further planning permissions submitted.

Barr Beacon to the north of the Pheasey Estate is a local beauty spot and the highest point of the area. the claim to fame of Barr Beacon is that if the Earth was flat you could see across to the next highest point, the Ural mountains in Russia.

12 thoughts on “History

  1. Hi Ian,
    You forgot to include the Victorian Beacon cottages near the junction of Beacon Road and Moreton Avenue and built in 1899.
    Many Pheasey/Park Farm residents much prefer Great Barr Park to the ‘political’ hospital term for the park. Perhaps you could do the decent thing and include both names.

  2. Hi Ian,
    Bill Newman knew more about Pheasey/Park Farm than pretty anyone else i’ve ever met; and he knew a fair bit about Beacon cottages. Bill knew at least one of the owners of the cottages down the years and saw the deeds to one of the properties some years back. He told me that they were built in 1899.
    Not long after Bill and Gloria Newman joined UKIP, the Walsall branch of the party were told by one of our friends working for the Borough Council that someone had been sniffing around the records of the by then former Texaco garage on the corner of Moreton Avenue and Beacon Road; and the records of the adjacent cottages.
    Bill volunteered to have a look at the relevant council records of both the garage and cottages on behalf of UKIP and found that someone had changed the date that the cottages were built from 1899 to 1926, naughty, naughty, tut, tut, tut.
    After some work from Bill, the date was changed back from 1926 to 1899. The Walsall Branch of UKIP are monitoring both the disused garage site on Moreton Avenue/Beacon Road; and the disused garage site on the Queslett Road just along from the junction at Doe Bank Lane.
    P.S. The pair of cottages on the Beacon Road close to Little Johnsons Lane were probably built at around the same time as the four cottages lower down the road.

  3. Ian please get your facts right if you are going to do a blog and I, along with Steve, will be quite happy to help you with the facts if not the political content.

    Nether Hall Park – There are no ‘Further applications’ The Labour secretary of state, against the wishes of Conservative Councillors, Labour MP, UKIP Campaigners and most importantly local people GRANTED permission for outline application for 450 dwellings on St Margarets. The applications that come forward are detailed applications for individual buildings in line with the permission given by your government.

  4. And there was me thinking that the government of the time represented the people of the time. Some bloke called Shepherd, who claims to be a conservative MP but has written quite graphically about his views of the coalition shows this to be true. This ‘your government’ stuff shows why Willenhall Leisure Centre is to be shut. No tory councillors = no services for voters. Thanks a bunch WMBC – we can’t vote you out because we did not vote you in.

  5. My father told me he went to Pheasey Farm in Birmingham during WWII. What type of military installation was there at the time?
    Walter Taylor

  6. Hi Walter,
    The Collingwood Centre in Pheasey/Park Farm, Aldridge UDC now Walsall, South Staffordshire; formerly Collingwood Secondary School until 1970 and Collingwood Primary School from 1970 until it closed in the late 1980’s; Was given over to use by the RAF at the outbreak of WWII; And by 1942 given over to use by the United States air force for at least the following two to three years. I believe that Collingwood was used for training and administration purposes for both the RAF and USAAF. Cheers Steve.

  7. Does any one remember the scrambles,in 1942 when the I thought it was the united States army,they used to shower us kids with money when they were linning up to go to the cinema in the collingwood drive community centre,, We kids used the community centre as our play ground,after the Americans left,there must have been a big repair bill I would think.I lived at 93 collingwood drive in that time.

    • yes I remember the caravan site…my uncle had an old caravan up there, I went to pheasey secondary school, now a doctors surgery I believe. I lived in Tyndale Crescent. Now live in Australia.

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