Cocks Moor, Cocks Moor Woods

B14 - Grid reference SP079799

Cokkismore: first record 15th century

Cocks Moor east of Warstock Lane. Photograph by planetearthisblue on Geograph OS reference SP0879 - copying permitted - Creative Commons Licence: Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic. See Acknowledgements.
Cocks Moor east of Warstock Lane. Photograph by planetearthisblue on Geograph OS reference SP0879 - copying permitted - Creative Commons Licence: Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic. See Acknowledgements.

 

Recorded in the manorial court rolls of Kings Norton in the 15th century, the reference to cocks is probably to woodcocks, a game bird of the Middle Ages. This bird is a small long-beaked wading bird some 35cm in length whose favoured habitat is damp wooded areas. During the breeding season they nest on the ground in open woodland. Woodcocks feed mainly on earthworms and insects in usually well hidden thickets and are most active at dawn and dusk.


A more or moor referred to marshy land along a river. The open water meadows in this part of the valley of the Chinn Brook would have been a good place to catch this bird. See also Cockshut Hill.


The name is now most associated with the leisure facilites here, the swimming baths, the multi-purpose leisure centre and the golf course.

 

 

 

William Dargue 01.08.2010

  

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For 19th-century Ordnance Survey maps of Birmingham go to British History Online.

See http://www.british-history.ac.uk/mapsheet.aspx?compid=55194&sheetid=10127&zm=2&x=473&y=348&ox=3065&oy=2467