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Newton Road Area

The Newton Road Area stretches from West Bromwich to the Scott Arms junction.

The Newton Road forms the main link between West Bromwich (All Saints Church) and Great Barr through what was the village of Newton. Originally called West Bromwich Road. 

It is thought the route may have Roman origins and has been suggested it was called part of the Roman Road - Blake Street, linking Icknield Street north of Sutton Coldfield.

Map image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

Starting from All Saints Parish Church the road is about one mile to the Great Barr boundary crossing the M5, the railway (near where Newton Road Station existed) and the River Tame before rising up through Newton to the the Scott Arms junction.

This picture painted in the 1920's gives a good indication of the rural nature of the area

.Painting of Newton Road - 1920's (sold on eBay 2005)


Newton Road in 1964

The Old Newton Road still partially exists in parallel to the modern duel carriageway which was built around 1964 soon after the picture above was taken.

. A feature of the Old Newton Road was the 'Jacobs Ladder' as shown in this Sandwell Libraries postcard.

Newton Road Jacobs ladder

The area is still rural and part of the Sandwell Valley.

Old Bridge over Tame

New Bridge over Tame

Horse by Newton Road

Entering Great Barr the Newton Road rises towards Scott Arms.

Entering Great Barr

After the Asbury Tavern and Malt Shovel public houses there is Bishop Asbury's birthplace.

Widening of Newton Road in 1964

In 1964 the Newton Road was being made into a duel carriageway. On the right the end of Bishop Asbury's house can be seen while on the left past the Fina garage construction of the new Asbury Tavern public house is being undertaken to replace the old Newton public house behind it.



The Junction with Hamstead Road is by the Church. In 1971 it was much quieter.Traffic lights were installed around 2010.

Newton Road January 1971 courtesy Express and Star


Victorian Newton

This Postcard shows another early view of the area



Newton Road near Red House

Before being made into a duel carriageway the Newton Road was still an impressive wide road. The cyclist is Harry Watkins who was the Head Gardener at the Red House for many years.

Newton Road 1920s?

This postcard shows an early view of the road before widening

This was an old shop on the Newton Road (exact location unknown)


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