Somerset Road, 1948(Birmingham Central Library)
The view looking up to Court Lane. The same situation as the Norfolk Road photo. No cars, Ken Livingstone's dream! (A 1920's Somerset Road picture, looking towards Gravelly Lane, is on the History page covering that period).
There seems no obvious pattern to the house names carved into house stonework along this road. They would seem to date from 1906 due to dates carved on some Norfolk Road homes. Perhaps just random by the builder as they sounded nice. Here they are in case someone can spot a pattern, along with a guess at origins;
Court Lane end
|Even Side||Odd Side||Origin may be|
|The Oaks||Simply from the tree|
|The Firs||Simply from the tree|
|The Limes||Simply from the tree|
|Erne Villas||A sea eagle, or lake in Northern Ireland|
|Lena Villas||A river in Russia|
|The Torrs||A mountain is a tor, torr is a technical unit|
|Linden Villas||A lime tree|
|Highfield Villas||Highfield (Drive) was visible from the back in 1906|
|Walton Villas*||There is still a builder called Walton Homes.|
Gravelly Lane end
*Also the name of a block on Gravelly Lane.
** Also the name of a road off Gravelly Lane.
Goosemoor Lane History