Archive for the ‘Medieval’ Category

Landywood Farm, 2018.


It is impossible to know if the Walsall Road led to settlement in Wyrley or just connected it to the existing road network – this is because of the lack of physical evidence and the road joined the more ancient and larger settlements of Bloxwich and Cannock. The Walsall Road (A34), I would suggest, was already a well trampled out ‘hollow way’ by the time of the population expansions of the early medieval period – indeed, as the name Wyrley is Old English in origin, the road was possibly in existence by the Saxon period in some form… https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/1066-1840-the-growth-of-great-wyrley-and-the-walsall-road/

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Domesday Book (National Archives)

Domesday Book
(National Archives)

Domesday has reached almost biblical status in the way that local historians use it to prove their village existed in the late 11th century. As most people tend to look at Domesday simply for their entry, they don’t tend to question the document as a whole: the truth is that it is filled with errors, omissions and inconsistencies so the whole thing can be somewhat bewildering at best. Following on from the Wyrley article, this article will give my thoughts on the Bloxwich entry and the missing Walsall one. https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/walsall/domesday-book-the-walsall-and-bloxwich-question/

The Norton and Wyrley entry under Lichfield (Open Domesday)

The Norton and Wyrley entry under Lichfield
(Open Domesday)

With the possible exception of Magna Carta, few historical documents have embedded themselves in the national psyche in quite the way that Domesday Book has. Domesday has reached almost biblical status in the way that local historians use it to prove their village existed in the late 11th century. As most people tend to look at Domesday simply for their entry, they don’t tend to question the document as a whole: the truth is that it is filled with errors, omissions and inconsistencies so the whole thing can be somewhat bewildering at best. This article will give my thoughts on the Wyrley entry. https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/domesday-book-the-wyrley-question/