Merridale

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Merridale
Merridale is located in West Midlands county
Merridale
Merridale
 Merridale shown within the West Midlands
Population 3,044 (2001 Census - Merridale / Chapel Ash)
Metropolitan borough Wolverhampton
Metropolitan county West Midlands
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Wolverhampton
Postcode district WV
Dialling code 01902
Police West Midlands
Fire West Midlands
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Wolverhampton South West
List of places
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England
West Midlands

Coordinates: 52°35′03″N 2°09′23″W / 52.58420°N 2.15640°W / 52.58420; -2.15640

Merridale is an area of Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England. It is situated to the south-west of the city centre, on the border of the city council's Graiseley and Park wards.

Origins and history[edit]

The place name, Merridale, can be traced back to its earliest known medieval form, 'Muriden' - likely from Old English 'myrge' (meaning sweet, pleasant, agreeable) 'denu' (valley).[1]

Parts of the former Merridale Farm (recently restored and converted into apartments) are the oldest buildings in Wolverhampton apart from the Church and Saxon Pillar. Merridale Court, a 156-home council estate of low rise flats, was opened there in 1955.[2]

Within the area are a number of locally listed buildings - including a coach house dating from the 1850s, built in the Tudor Revival style. This property, along with the nearby former Eye Infirmary, is part of The Oaks (Merridale Road) Conservation Area.

Bantock Park and House are within the area, the house is believed to date from the 1730s, and was originally a farm called New Merridale Farm, then named Merridale House.[3]

The Wolverhampton Grammar School is in the area.

Today[edit]

Merridale has changed little since the 1950s when Merridale Court was constructed. There are new (c2000s) apartments / flats near the junction of Merridale Road and Merridale Lane.

Public houses[edit]

There are a small amount of pubs in the area. 'The Royal Oak' is on Compton Road and nearby on the corner of Merridale Road and Merridale Gardens is 'The Chindit' - both traditional pubs specialising in ales and lagers. Until the late 2000s, 'The Quarter House' stood on Compton Road - this has now been demolished.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'A Survey and Analysis of the Place-Names of Staffordshire' by David Horovitz, LL. B. (2003)
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ http://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/leisure_culture/museums/bantock/history.htm A brief history of Bantock House.
  4. ^ "Tributes after death of popular Wolverhampton landlord". 2 August 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 

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