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A Castle in Wednesfield? – And I Don’t Mean The Pub!

Now you may be surprised but the City of Wolverhampton, not only has one of the most important historic battle sites within its boundary, that being the Battle of Wodensfield, where Saxons attacked the Vikings raiding England from the North. This took place in 910 AD on the 6th August. I have long argued that the City needs to do more to promote and take advantage of this fantastic heritage.

So if you have been informed of that battle in recent years and you are moved by the history. Do you know that there may have been a castle also in Wednesfield?

There is indeed some evidence to show that near to the Wyrley and Essington Canal – Castlebridge Gardens and the Castlebridge across the Lichfield Road there once stood a castle!

Local historian jackie Harrison has done some research for me, after I asked her what she knew about this fascinating hint of a great story…here is what Jackie has turned up for me….it is a great bit of history for me….and I would like to find out more…. read and enjoy.

Evidence of castle on Wolverhampton’s outskirts
Wolverhampton | News | Published: Aug 30, 2012
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An old castle complete with a moat may once have stood in Wolverhampton where a block of flats has now been built, according to never-before-examined evidence uncovered by archaeologists.

An old castle complete with a moat may once have stood in Wolverhampton where a block of flats has now been built, according to never-before-examined evidence uncovered by archaeologists.
Historic maps dating back to the 1800s, along with aerial images of the area from 1945, suggest that a grand old building once stood where the flats at Castlebridge Gardens, Wednesfield, now stand.
The discovery came about when city archaeologist Mike Shaw and council landscape archaeologist Paul Quigley began looking into the history behind Castle Bridge, which crosses the Wyrley & Essington Canal at Lichfield Road.
Mr Quigley said a tithe map, which shows how land was divided between parishes, dating back to 1840 showed a field named Castle Grounds in the heart of what is now Wednesfield.
And aerial images from 1945, before the area was flattened and built up during the 50s, show irregularities and patterns in the earth consistent with the land having been built on.
This is a fascinating piece of evidence – until now no building at all had been recorded on that site,” he said.
“It may not have been a castle in the way we would normally think of it, but we are convinced there was something there.
“The fact the field is called Castle Grounds is a big hint.”

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Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more

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