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An affluent town ranked as the fourth least deprived area in the country The name "Sutton Coldfield" appears to come from this time, being the "south town" (i.e.
south of Tamworth and/or Lichfield) on the edge of the "col field".
Excavations at the road have showed that it was made from compacted gravel, never having a paved surface.
In 1242, when the manor was passed to Ela Longespee, the widow of Thomas de Beaumont, 6th Earl of Warwick, it was named as Sutton-in-Coldfield, and again noted as such in 1265 when Ela married her second husband Philip Basset.
Mike Hodder, now the Planning Archaeologist for Birmingham City Council, to believe that the site was an Iron Age hill-slope enclosure.
Centuries of agriculture on the land has severely affected the visibility of the features, with the earthworks now only apparent in aerial photography.
Whilst the road ultimately connects Gloucestershire to South Yorkshire, locally, the road was important for connecting Metchley Fort in Edgbaston with Letocetum, now Wall, in Staffordshire.
The road is most visible from near to the pedestrian gate on Thornhill Road (OS Grid Reference SP 08759 98830), where the 8 m (26 ft) wide bank that formed the road surface is most prominent.
"Col" is usually derived from "charcoal", charcoal burners presumably being active in the area.