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Kingshurst Hall



Kingshurst Hall

The earliest record of Kingshurst is in documents from the late 13th/earth 14th centuries, when it is referred to as part of the Manor of Coleshill.   there was a Kingshurst Hall from about this time. The Hall had its own park and farmlands and tenant farming was administered from here.



Walter Townsend's failing health led to the Hall falling into a state of disrepair. All plans to salvage it came to nothing due to a lack of funds. In 1960, Walter was moved to a house in Castle Bromwich and in 1962 the Hall was demolished. The photo on the right was taken by Peter Lloyd in 1956





Sheldon Hall and The Moated Mound

Sheldon Hall 2001When the Digby family were Lords of the Manor of Coleshill, they managed it from afar, and the Hall itself was tenanted. Records show that in 1610 the tenant of Sheldon Hall, one William Bull, moved across the river Cole to tenancy of Kingshurst Hall in 1610. Sheldon Hall still stands, just across the Solihull/Birmingham border in Tile Cross and is now a Pub/Restaurant.The Knobbe

By marriage the tenancy later moved to the York family, who gave there name to the small area of the original Kingshurst Hall Park which remains today, Yorkswood.


Between 1700 and 1720 Kingshurst Hall was rebuilt. The new Hall was a large red brick building with a tiled roof, reached by a brick bridge over its moat. By 1885 the tenancy had moved on to the Townsend family and passed eventually to two brothers, George and Walter Townsend. They ran the Farm, but George died in 1950, by which time Birmingham City Council had taken ownership and were then planning the development of Kingshurst for housing. In 1480, Simon Mountford had declared that trees planted on 'The Knobbe' at Kingshurst Hall should never be touched. This is  the mound that stands beside Stonebridge Crescent today, And the trees are still there now.


Babb's Mill

Babb's Mill

Although now marginally across the Solihull/Birmingham border, Babb's Mill was part of the Kingshurst Hall estate and was also tenanted in the last century by members of the Townsend family.

The current building is of uncertain age, but is probably the second mill on the site, there having been a mill on the site from the 13th century. Its name comes from John Babb, miller there in the 16th century. Originally an additional course was built to feed the Mill Pool and the river itself ran parallel, but now the river Icel. follows the 'new' course beside the mill.

The milling of corn from the estate continued there until the early 20th century. In the 1920s it was converted to cottages. The Mill Pool was drained in the Second World War. Today an old millstone is used as a doorstep.


Article by courtesy Dave Pinwell as originally published on www.colebridge.net

Sent in by Adrian Carter





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