Talk:Selly Manor

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Selly Manor & The Manor of Selly[edit]

Hello Andy

Just wanted to say how pleased I am to see you’ve created an article for Selly Manor. I have been meaning to do something along these lines for a while, but I’m sorry to say I’ve never quite got ’round to it. In fact I haven’t been contributing much to Wikipedia for sometime now, so really must try and get back into things. Anyway, I hope you won’t mind me pointing out one thing, and that is where you say it was “Originally the manor house of the village of Bournbrook” because this isn’t correct; even though I do realise Selly Manor’s own website says it was “Bournbrook’s manor house”. It is true that the building formerly stood in Bournbrook Road, Bournbrook, but Bournbrook is essentially a nineteenth-century development, and, as far as I am aware, was never a village.

My understanding is that Selly Manor is actually believed to have been the manor house of the Manor of Selly, which was a sub-Manor of the much larger Manor of Northfield and Weoley. The Manor of Selly occupied the most northerly part of the old Parish of Northfield, and whilst it would have comprised what is now the district of Bournbrook it would also have included what has become the neighbouring suburb of Selly Park (the area that became Bournbrook and Selly Park originally being called Selly Hill), together with part of modern-day Bournville (including where the Green is now and everything as far south as The Bourn), as well as much of today’s Selly Oak (though not actually that part of Selly Oak where St Mary’s Church, Selly Oak Park and Lodge Hill Cemetery all are, as this area was originally within the medieval Weoley Park and therefore not in the Manor of Selly).

Anyroad, as I say, I hope you don’t mind me mentioning all of this, and once I can get my act together I’ll see about putting up some fully referenced additions. In the meantime, thank you again for creating the page and helping to expand the coverage of the old Worcestershire part of Brum on Wikipedia.

Best regards (Lepidus Magnus (talk) 19:56, 10 September 2013 (UTC))

Thank you for your kind words, it's always nice when one's contributions are appreciated. The key, as you surmise, is cited sources. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 11:55, 11 September 2013 (UTC)