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Hockley Heath: pictures and history

Images from our home village of Hockley Heath in the borough of Solihull, West Midlands.

The name of the village is likely to have been derived from "Oakley" or meadow of the oaks. An important north-south route has run through the village for centuries. Today it is the A3400 but as far back as 1200 there was reference to a "magna via" - an important highway running through the Arden Forest between Birmingham and Beaudesert (Henley-in-Arden). With the advent of travel by horse and coach, a number of coaching inns were established by the late 1700s - one of which, The Nag's Head is still used today as a Miller and Carter steak restaurant.

The Birmingham to Stratford canal reached Hockley Heath from Birmingham in 1798. The section of the canal between Hockley Heath and Stratford was not completed for another 18 years so for this period, Hockley Heath was, in effect, the terminus of the canal.

The combination of the canal and the major route with coaching inns lead to the establishment and growth of the village of Hockley Heath.

[Information from: "Tanworth in Arden: an introduction to the history of the ancient parish" by John W. Pettinger, 2005, Brewin Books Ltd. ISBN 1 85858 255 5].
Parish Church of Nuthurst and Hockley Heath
Parish Church of Nuthurst and Hockley Heath
Wharf Tavern Hockley Heath
Wharf Tavern Hockley Heath
Nuthurst Lane Evening Light
Nuthurst Lane Evening Light
Nuthurst Lane field November morning
Nuthurst Lane field November morning
Nuthurst Lane,Hockley Heath after rain
Nuthurst Lane,Hockley Heath after rain
Obelisk, Hockley Heath
Obelisk, Hockley Heath
Obelisk on a frosty morning with cows
Obelisk on a frosty morning with cows
Bluebells in baptist church grounds
Bluebells in baptist church grounds
Umberslade Baptist Church Spring 2005
Umberslade Baptist Church Spring 2005
Tulips in baptist church grounds
Tulips in baptist church grounds
Old School building
Old School building
Little Spring Coppice
Little Spring Coppice
Lane to Baptist Church
Lane to Baptist Church
Broken tree
Broken tree
Lapworth Church from Spring Lane
Lapworth Church from Spring Lane
Lapworth Church tower
Lapworth Church tower
Nuthurst Grange Lane field
Nuthurst Grange Lane field
Canal boatyard
Canal boatyard
Gateway to Obelisk
Gateway to Obelisk
Approaching Obelisk Farm
Approaching Obelisk Farm
Gateway
Gateway
Nuthurst Lane
Nuthurst Lane
Umberslade Hall
Umberslade Hall
Obelisk Farm from Nuthurst Lane
Obelisk Farm from Nuthurst Lane
Obelisk Farm from Nuthurst Lane December afternoon
Obelisk Farm from Nuthurst Lane December afternoon
Nuthurst Lane view
Nuthurst Lane view
Obelisk at dusk in December
Obelisk at dusk in December
Obelisk evening view
Obelisk evening view
Canal from Wharf Lane
Canal from Wharf Lane
lock_23_stratford_canal
lock_23_stratford_canal
Railway crossing avenue of trees
Railway crossing avenue of trees
Stratford Canal New Years Day 2010
Stratford Canal New Years Day 2010
Horse wanting a treat
Horse wanting a treat
January 2010 - frozen canal
January 2010 - frozen canal
Umberslade Baptist Church Spring 2010
Umberslade Baptist Church Spring 2010
Graveyard at Umberslade church
Graveyard at Umberslade church
Tanworth in Arden church
Tanworth in Arden church
Tanworth village from Umberslade Road
Tanworth village from Umberslade Road
Wharf Tavern at dusk
Wharf Tavern at dusk
Lapworth Canal Basin
Lapworth Canal Basin
Country path and gate
Country path and gate
Sunday morning canal activity I
Sunday morning canal activity I
Sunday morning canal activity II
Sunday morning canal activity II
Church Lane Lock on the Stratford Canal
Church Lane Lock on the Stratford Canal
Ford on Hole House Lane
Ford on Hole House Lane
Stratford canal evening scene
Stratford canal evening scene
Stratford canal evening scene II
Stratford canal evening scene II
Stratford canal evening scene III
Stratford canal evening scene III
Daffodils at Packood House
Daffodils at Packood House
Sundial
Sundial
Packwood House
Packwood House
The Sermon on the Mount
The Sermon on the Mount
Stratford canal evening scene IV
Stratford canal evening scene IV
Stratford canal evening scene V
Stratford canal evening scene V
Along Cut Throat Lane...
Along Cut Throat Lane...
under_wharf_lane
under_wharf_lane
Nuthurst Chapel
Nuthurst Chapel
Gravestones at Umberslade church.
Gravestones at Umberslade church.
Umberslade Baptist Church December 2010
Umberslade Baptist Church December 2010
Last rays of sunshine...
Last rays of sunshine...
Nuthurst Grange Lane December 2010
Nuthurst Grange Lane December 2010
Gate on Nuthurst Grange Lane December 2010
Gate on Nuthurst Grange Lane December 2010
Stratford canal Sunday morning scene
Stratford canal Sunday morning scene
Lapworth Church from Nuthurst Lane
Lapworth Church from Nuthurst Lane
Church at Tanworth in Arden
Church at Tanworth in Arden
St. Michael's Church at Baddesley Clinton
St. Michael's Church at Baddesley Clinton
Lapworth Church on a May evening
Lapworth Church on a May evening
The Winged Spur in Ullenhall
The Winged Spur in Ullenhall
Oil seed rape field off Pig Trot Lane
Oil seed rape field off Pig Trot Lane
Looking east from Danzey Green Lane
Looking east from Danzey Green Lane
Nuthurst Lane field late evening
Nuthurst Lane field late evening
St. Mary the Virgin Church at Ullenhall
St. Mary the Virgin Church at Ullenhall
Earlswood Lake from Malthouse Lane
Earlswood Lake from Malthouse Lane
Packwood House evening view
Packwood House evening view
Mays Hill in Henley-in-Arden
Mays Hill in Henley-in-Arden
Packwood House morning view.
Packwood House morning view.
Stratford Canal at Saddlerswell Lane
Stratford Canal at Saddlerswell Lane
Lapworth Church from Spring Lane, July 2011
Lapworth Church from Spring Lane, July 2011
Fleur de Lys in Lowsonford
Fleur de Lys in Lowsonford
Church of St. Luke in Lowsonford
Church of St. Luke in Lowsonford
Evening sky over the M40 motorway
Evening sky over the M40 motorway
Stratford Canal swing bridge evening view
Stratford Canal swing bridge evening view
Evening light over Tanworth in Arden
Evening light over Tanworth in Arden
Obelisk Farm Sunday morning view
Obelisk Farm Sunday morning view
Looking east from Nuthurst Lane
Looking east from Nuthurst Lane
M40 evening rush hour
M40 evening rush hour
Church spire from canal towpath
Church spire from canal towpath
Sunrising over the M40
Sunrising over the M40
Sheep - early morning on Nuthurst Lane
Sheep - early morning on Nuthurst Lane
Canal at Wharf Lane
Canal at Wharf Lane
Lapworth Church December morning
Lapworth Church December morning
Miller and Carter Steakhouse (formerly the Nag's Head)
Miller and Carter Steakhouse (formerly the Nag's Head)
South west from Umberslade Road
South west from Umberslade Road
Between the showers...
Between the showers...
Lowsonford
Lowsonford
Evening canal scene
Evening canal scene
Ullenhall village from junction of Perry Mill Lane and Moat Farm Lane
Ullenhall village from junction of Perry Mill Lane and Moat Farm Lane
The Winged Spur
The Winged Spur
Towards Ullenhall
Towards Ullenhall
Canal evening scene
Canal evening scene
Lapworth Church
Lapworth Church
Stratford canal near Lapworth
Stratford canal near Lapworth
Lock flight and St. Mary's Church tower
Lock flight and St. Mary's Church tower