Vestiges of the
There remain a few vestiges of this
remarkable estate: foremost of course is the lodge
described above but the home farm, minus its
outbuildings, still sits at an angle to Grange Road
having been built parallel to a rear entrance to the
estate: it was saved when the council estate was built
around it (not by Tarmac). There are many mature trees
remaining, mainly oaks, on the housing estates, together
with tree belts. The majestic curved avenue of mature
lime trees that led up to the side of the house
still survives in Corfton Drive but perhaps the most
poignant survival is an old Mulberry tree at the end of
one of the culs de sac that may have been a relic of the
earlier house garden.
The Home Farm in Grange Road.
One of the more interesting relics
is a huge landscaped crater approximately 3-4 meters
deep and 20 meters wide that occupies most of the rear
garden of a house at the end of Corfton Drive. This was
popularly believed to have been a bomb crater but is
most likely to have been a clay pit from which clay was
dug for the manufacture of bricks – it is shown on
pre-war maps surrounded by a circular fence. Nearby is a
huge whitish glacial boulder, not quite in its original
position, that was probably discovered when they were
digging the clay and was used as a geological feature in
the Woodhouse garden.
|Various pieces of the carved
stonework from the house were purchased and removed but
most of it remained unsold and was destroyed. The fine
gothic fountain from the garden of the Wood House now
stands in a field, opposite the Hall in Acton Round,
Shropshire, which also has some of the windows built
into garden features. The fine traceried
seven light dining room bay window has been re-erected
as a folly in a garden in Tettenhall.
There are still
some estate stone boundary walls in
existence: that along a section of the Wood
road frontage was built in two stages. The
three feet high lower stage consists of
random rubble stone but the four feet high
upper portion is built in coursed dressed
stone of better quality. The obvious
inference is that the lower portion of the
wall was already in existence when Theodosia
built her house and she then heightened it
for privacy, so the lower portion may date
to the enclosure of the common some twenty
five years earlier when Wood Road was
The dining room bay window.
There are also substantial remains underground. A few
years ago a house in Woodcote Road was having an
extension built when the builders inadvertently found
they were over the old cellars of the Woodhouse, causing
considerable additional work and expense.
Two phase boundary wall.