William Dargue - A History of Birmingham Places & Placenames . . . from A to Y
B25 - Grid reference SP117858
Where Hob Lane, now Hob Moor Road, forded the River Cole was Hob Moor. A medieval term, moor refers to marshy land which was subject to winter flooding and which provided lush pasture in summer.
The word hob means a hobgoblin, a mischievous sprite; there may have been an unusual landscape feature here. The ford here is still shown on the 1921 Ordnance Survey map.
See also Hobs Moat.
William Dargue 27.03.09/ 23.07.2015
Map above reproduced from Andrew Rowbottom’s website of Old Ordnance Survey maps Popular Edition, Birmingham 1921. Click the map to link to that website. See Acknowledgements.
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