History of Lightwoods House
In 1902, following the death of Caleb Adkins, the house and grounds were put up for sale, with the risk that it would be demolished for building houses on the estate. A. M. Chance led a committee which by public subscription purchased the estate and handed it over to Birmingham Corporation as a public park. By 1905, further public subscriptions enabled more land to be bought and added to the park
The bandstand and other features have the Birmingham City crest with the motto, "Birmingham Forward" in recognition of the ownership of the park by Birmingham City Corporation.
The most recent tenant of Lightwoods House was the Hardman company, which makes stained glass windows. In 2010, by agreement between the two Councils, Lightwoods Park was handed over to Sandwell MBC.
The park features a skateboard ramp and bowling green. It also has a walled garden called "The Shakespeare Garden" with benches, ponds and flower beds. The bandstand is a Grade II listed building.
For about 100 years until November 2010 the park, although lying just outside the Birmingham city limits, was managed by Birmingham Corporation (later the City Council). The bandstand has railings bearing the Coat of arms of Birmingham, and the drinking fountain also has City of Birmingham inscriptions. In 2010 management of the park was transferred to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council.
- Sandwell MBC listed buildings register: Lightwoods House
- Greenslade, Baggs, Baugh & Johnston, A History of the County of Stafford, Volume 17 (Offlow Hundred), 1976
- Greenslade, Baggs, Baugh & Johnston, Op. Cit.
- Sandwell MBC listed buildings register: Bandstand, Lightwoods Park
- Sandwell MBC news item