|Borough||Metropolitan Borough of Walsall|
Caldmore is one of the villages that make up the town of Walsall. The name is pronounced "Kar-ma" by the local populace.
The area was an important junction of roads which created a triangular shaped green called Caldmore Green. During the 19th century, the area began to develop into a social and commercial area with the majority of the development being focussed around the green. The area was once again developed in the 1950s with the removal of Victorian slums, which were replaced with new flats.
Caldmore House is the surviving segment of Victorian terraced houses in Caldmore. Located on Carless Street (Oxford Street until 1923), it was part of a row of three houses which were built in 1886. The houses remained until the 1950s and 1960s when the street was bulldozed with only one house remaining. This was saved from demolition and modernised. It is now a museum open to the public with the original Victorian features still remaining in the house.
Jerome K. Jerome
Jerome K. Jerome, the novelist, essayist, humourist and playwright, was born at Belsize House on the corner of Bradford Street and Caldmore Road.
Fellows Park football stadium, home of Walsall Football Club was built at the junction of Hillary Street and Wallows Lane in 1903 and was home of the club for 87 years, until relocation to the Bescot Stadium on nearby Bescot Crescent in 1990. Fellows Park was then demolished and rebuilt as a Morrisons store.
Caldmore at present
Caldmore Green is the centre of the Caldmore Shopping area with Caldmore Housing HQ base. The area is home to restaurants and fashion and jewellery outlets. In addition, Caldmore Housing annually host The Caldmore Carnival which is based on different themes with the most recent being space.
Many late 19th and early 20th century terraced houses are still in existence around Caldmore. But clearance of the tower blocks began in 2004 and most of the high-rise flats have since been demolished. When one of the first tower blocks was demolished, the body of a man was discovered in one flat; he had not been seen for six years and was believed to have died of natural causes shortly after his last reported sighting, but the council had not served an eviction order because the flats had already been earmarked for demolition. The man's brother did arrive at the flat on at least once occasion, only to be told by a neighbour that his brother had either died or moved away.
Caldmore is also home to prostitution, which keeps on rising each year.