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Halesowen Town Gates

In the civil parish of Halesowen.
In the historic county of Worcestershire.
Modern Authority of Dudley.
1974 county of West Midlands.
Medieval County of Shropshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO966835
Latitude 52.45024° Longitude -2.05092°

Halesowen Town Gates has been described as a Urban Defence although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


In a list of 'New post-Conquest medieval defensive circuits and medieval extensions to earlier circuits, consisting only of gates and/or earthen defences Bond includes ?Halesowen coded as post-Conquest; gates only; position largely or wholly unknown; circumstantial or secondary evidence only; no archaeological excavation on defences known. (Bond 1987)

At some time in the 13th century Henry III allowed the Abbot and convent of Hales to create a borough centrally situated within their manor. The rent of each burgage was fixed at 12d. However the burgesses of Halesowen seem to have enjoyed little real independence. At the eyre of 1255-6 Halesowen appeared as a 'villata' separate from the hundred by a bailiff and twelve jurors. As far as is known from existing records Halesowen never sent representatives to Parliament. By the middle of the 13th century although agriculture was still the chief employment other industries had already sprung up, as for example the making of cloth. Coal was dug before the close of the 13th century. (PastScape ref. VCH 1913)

What is Bond's circumstantial evidence? There is no mention of gates in the VCH. The tenurial history is not really suggestive of gates. There are no gate street names.
Halesowen was part of Shropshire until 1843/4 when it was moved into Worcestershire.
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