The Boundaries of the Manor of Little Wyrley, 1718

In the Walsall Local History Centre there is a near complete document that outlines the boundaries of the manor of what it says is Wyrley, but is actually Little Wyrley, and which dates back to June, 1718 (Acc 35/7/8).

Boundaries of Little Wyrley, 1718, date

Boundaries of Little Wyrley, 1718, date

I thought I would transcribe it in case anyone wanted to stomp happily over field and hedgerow to attempt to re-trace it on the ground. It is my intention is to add to this article at some stage to see what can be traced, at least on a map.

A big thank you to the Walsall Local History Centre for permission to use my photographs.

Boundaries of 1718

A general view of the document…..

1718 bounds of Little Wyrley Manor, front

1718 bounds of Little Wyrley Manor, front

1718 bounds of Little Wyrley Manor, reverse.

1718 bounds of Little Wyrley Manor, reverse.

Just a few notes:

I transcribe line for line.

Anything with a ? is unclear and anything marked XXX indicates where text has been, or may have been lost – but
in some cases an educated guess has been made.

In a transcription, the spellings, capital letters (not really used) and punctuation (as if!) remain as written

Anything that appear is square brackets next to a word, for example Mannor [ Manor ] is a note
made by myself – either for translation purposes, or contextual information.

So, here we go:-

Boundaries of Little Wyrley, 1718. 1.

Boundaries of Little Wyrley, 1718. 1.

We present the true antient [ancient] Boundary of the said Mannor [manor] to begin at
the corner of the hedge of a pasture ground called colman fields in the comon [common]
high way called Wattling Street over against a cross digged [word ‘digged’ inserted afterwards] in the ground
for a mear [meaning a boundary, marker, border] by us in the same high way over against the corner
of the said hedge and from thence goeth along the said high way
called Wattling Street unto Ogley pitts and so goeth still along
the said way to a place where a cross did formerly stand near to
Knaves Castle [an earthwork] and where we have also digged a cross in the ground
for a meare [a boundary] and from that cross goeth southward by a certain
Rush Sich [a sike is a gutter, or stream often dry in summer] unto the comon high way called Hampton XXX
where we have also digged a cross for a meare and from [thence?]
goeth down a certain place called Groves Slade under XXX
a pitt unto the head of a spring called earthen briggwell at the ? XXX [line inserted after in small lettering]
Lake and from thence goeth down a certain watercourse XXX
westward to the Bolt and from thence to a place down the water
called the Fellfort meadows where three lordships meet and
so goeth up the watercourse unto a certain pasture called
Riders Heye and so goeth up by the said watercourse unto
a place in the said Riders Haye where two oakes did formerly
grow but now cutt down and gone where a certain water

Boundaries of Little Wyrley, 1718

Boundaries of Little Wyrley, 1718

course now is and hath been heretofore and so goeth [into/unto?]
and between the new meadowe and the two Crofts and through the middle of Rowbridge meadowe
down the watercourse [this small text was inserted preceded by a mark, along the
length of the margin at this point – it is difficult to say exactly where it fits into the
text]

Boundaries of Little Wyrley, 1718, 3.

Boundaries of Little Wyrley, 1718, 3.

another watercourse falling from Hampton high way
unto a certain oake formerly growing in the hedge XXX
pasture called long Lee which is likewise now cutt down but
the stump thereof still remaineth and wee did there digged a
cross for a meare and from that oake goeth to a certain meare
stone lying in that peece [piece] of the Long Lee next to the
common high way called the Lime way or Walsall way and from
that stone descendeth to a certain watercourse in a certain
pasture called Deans hedge and so followeth the same
watercourse to a certain high way called the Lime way or
Walsall way and from thence goeth to a pitt called Stockins ?
and from thence goeth unto a certain ditch of a certain peeice

Boundaries of Little Wyrley, 1718, 4.

Boundaries of Little Wyrley, 1718, 4.

of ground called Wirley Haye or Spratts croft and so descend in
that ditch between a parcel of land called Cross Hitchens
to a pasture called Seafield unto the upper end or corner of the
said pasture called Seafield by a certain sich [sike] there as XXX
falleth unto a certain meadowe called Cow Hays meadow XXX
so goeth down that watercourse by and beyond that [meadow?]
called Cow Hays meadowe unto a certain Brook called XXX
field Brook or Fisley Brook …..

& down Fisley meadows & down the water? moors & so on the outside of the mill
moors [this text inserted in small lettering at this point]

……………………………… and so goeth down that Brook to gains Brook
and goeth down gains Brook unto a peice of
ground called the Sewers and from thence goeth unto a certain
Brook called Horseley Brook and so up that Brook to Barndale
Brook and so goeth unto a peeice of ground called the Farthings
along Barndale meadowe at the corner of a hedge called the
moor hedge to Keye pool and from thence goeth up a [certain?]
watercourse unto a certain Brook called Whitfield Brook XXX

Boundaries of Little Wyrley, 1718, 5

Boundaries of Little Wyrley, 1718, 5

so goeth up that Brook near unto a certain way leading
the Town of Norton towards Knaves Castle through
a certain place called a Valley under the corner of a pasture
called Staires Hurst and so along in and by the upper
part of a certain pasture or parcel of land called
Hilkin Wilkin and so inclosing Hilkin Wilkin and following
along a small watercourse or sich [sike] goeth into a pitt called
Colmans field pitt and from that pitt goeth to a certain
ditch of the aforesaid pasture called Colmans fields excluding
that pasture unto the aforesaid corner of the hedge of the
aforesaid pasture called Colmans field hedge in Wattling
Street where the meards [meares] and bounds aforesaid first
began

I have photographed the 1840 tithe map for Norton Canes and Wyrley, when I get chance I will compare the tithe schedule to the 1718 description to see if any fields retained their names.

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