Walmley Residents Association

A warm welcome to all our visitors

Walmley A Great Place to Live

Walmley is also proud to be the home of a wide range of sporting institutions offering a first class activities to the wider community such as:

Walmley County Cricket Club

 

 

Sutton Coldfield Rugby Football Club 

 

 

Walmley Golf Club 

 

 

As well as exclusive hotels offering exceptional quality accommodation and facilities to satisfy the most discerning of visitors to our village.

As well as fulfilling the needs of residents providing the setting for a fairy tale wedding and first class recreational facilities.

 

 

 

 

HISTORIC WALMLEY

B76 - Grid reference SP135935 Warmelegh 

Credit to: William Dargue - A History of Birmingham Places & Placenames 

 


Warmelegh is Old English for a 'warm forest clearing', warm leah. The original farming settlement was likely to have been situated on a sheltered south-facing slope, though the exact location of this is unknown - at the top ofEachelhurst Road perhaps? The name is recorded spelled with an 'r' as Warmley into the late 19th century. Walmley lies around the junction of Walmley Road,Walmley Ash Road and Penns Lane where a 20th-century shopping centre has built up known locally as WalmleyVillage. The rest of the district was extensively built up with good quality middle-class housing after World War 2, and development continues in selected pockets to the present. To the east of Walmley is designated Green Belt.  

At the beginning of the 19th century this area, part of Sutton Coldfield, was a scattered rural community with hamlets at Walmley Ash and at Langley Heath. On Fox Hollies Road near Webster Way a charity school was opened by Sutton Corporation in 1826 for 60 children with a teacher's house attached. The school doubled as the parish church until St John's was built twenty years later. In 1851 a new school was built adjacent to the church, the precursor of the present Deanery School. 

The church of St John 

The church of St John the Evangelist stands on Walmley Road at the centre of the district. An unusual church building, it was designed by D R Hill in a Norman style and constructed in blue engineering brick. It has stone dressings and a patterned tiled roof. 

There is a prominent rose window at the west end and the church has a small bellcote. Inside is a hammerbeam roof. The large extension which was opened in 1987 by the Bishop of Aston then became the church, while the original building was turned into a church centre for community activities.

Walmley Almshouses

Athe junction of Walmley Road and Fox Hollies Roadstands the Walmley Almshouse, a Grade II Listed building which was erected in 1828. This original building is now the adminstrative office for the Sutton Municipal Charities who run the present almshouses. Financed by a bequest of Frances Lingard, there are ten single-storey residences in red brick with blue-brick decoration, with stone dressings and decorative bargeboards. Five more almshouses were built in 1863 in front of the earlier houses; the porches bear the inscriptions of J Riland and Ann Webb. Additional accommodation was opened in 1971 by Princess Anne and named Lingard House. It follows the traditional layout of almshouses set around a central garden area.

Vesey Houses

Tucked away behind the houses offWalmley Road is Warren House Farm which is one of Bishop Vesey's cottages, one of 51 built by the Bishop for the public good. Although considerably altered since the 16th century, it nonetheless has a Grade II Listing. Attached to the farmhouse is a granary which may be older than the Vesey house and which has had to be supported at some time in the past by buttresses.

Away from the centre of Walmley village on Wylde Green Road is another of the few surviving Vesey houses, this time surviving in more of its original design. Built in local red sandstone this Grade II Listed cottage was the home of  the ford-keeper. The small canalised stream here is Plantsbrook, also known as  East Brook or Ebrook. In earlier times it clearly presented problems for travellers  crossing the wide marshy valley from Walmley to Sutton, not the least of which may have been the requirement to pay a toll to cross.

Medieval survivals

Nearby is another Grade II Listed house, Wincelle. The 15th-century frame and other reusable materials were brought here from Wiggins Hill in 1910 by Walter Wilkinson of New Hall. The name derives from the name recorded for Wiggins Hill in the Domesday Book. A house calledElmhurst now stands on the site at Wiggins Hill.

Another medieval survival is the barn at New Shipton Farm, which is Grade II*  Listed and a rareBirmingham cruck-  framed building. There are five pairs of  oak crucks which dendrochronologically  date the construction to the spring or  summer of 1425. The farmhouse itself dates from the 17th century and  presumably replaced Old Shipton farm. A  prestige housing development around the farm began in 2005, as part of which the barn was converted into offices, and the farmhouse and outbuildings into a variety of dwellings.

The name Shipton probably derives from sceap tun, 'sheep farm' in Anglo-Saxon, or it may have a medieval date. The keeping of sheep was part of a mixed agricultural economy in this woodland pasture area of the Midlandswhich included keeping cattle as well as the growing of vegetables and cereals.

A vestige of even earlier times is Jones Wood, which stands off Fox Hollies Road. It is designated as ancient woodland, 'ancient' being defined as having been under continuous cover since at least the year 1600. Prior to this it was unusual for landowners to plant woods, so woodland known before that date is fairly certain to have developed naturally at some early time in the past.