Four Oaks, Birmingham
Four Oaks is a residential area in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, lying along the north and east borders of Sutton Park. Four Oaks is situated approximately 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) north of Birmingham city centre, and is bordered by Sutton Park, Streetly, Mere Green, Little Aston and Roughley. Four Oaks has a population of 21,690 as of 2004, and is part of the Sutton Four Oaks electoral ward.
Four Oaks Estate
In 1677, Henry Folliott, 1st Baron Folliott of Ballyshannon bought 60 acres (240,000 m2) of woodland and built Four Oaks Hall. Folliott died in 1716, but his widow continued to live in Four Oaks Hall until her death in 1751. The estate was sold to Simon Luttrell, 1st Earl of Carhampton, who remodelled and modernised the house. In 1757, he bought a further 50 acres (200,000 m2) of woodland to annex his estate and form a deer park. He sold the estate to Thomas Gresley in 1778, who sold the estate to Sir Hugh Bateman, 1st Baronet of Hartington Hall in 1785, who in turn sold the estate to Sir Edmund Cradock-Hartopp, 1st Baronet in 1792. In 1827, Hartopp bought 35 acres (140,000 m2) of woodland to further increase the size of the deer park. The estate was sold to Hubert de Burgh-Canning, 2nd Marquess of Clanricarde for residential development in 1868. Roads were named to commemorate the history of the estate, and between 1895 and 1915 approximately 200 houses were built on the estate, forming Four Oaks Estate. The neglected and dilapidated Four Oaks Hall was demolished in 1898, and the site is now occupied by Carhampton House.
Four Oaks Estate is a solely residential area approximately enclosed by Lichfield Road, Four Oaks Road, Sutton Park and Sutton Park Line railway line. The most expensive residential area in the West Midlands, the Park's private roads are home to some of the region's wealthiest residents. Four Oaks Park is characterised by its large houses and tree-lined, speed-humped roads. The houses on the Estate are individually designed by prominent architects such as Charles Bateman, and most sell at over £1 million. Many of the houses have received listed building status. Four Oaks Estate is also home to Four Oaks Tennis Club, which was founded in 1906.
The roads on Four Oaks Estate are owned by Four Oaks Estate Ltd and run by a formally constituted Residents Association that elects a Secretary & Treasurer to manage its affairs.
London Midland operate a frequent train service from Four Oaks railway station to Lichfield and Redditch on the Cross-City Line via Birmingham New Street. There are also four bus services through Four Oaks operated by National Express West Midlands. The Sutton Park Line is a freight-only railway line that runs from Walsall to Water Orton via Sutton Park.
Four Oaks Methodist Church
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