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Four Oaks was a rural area until the late 19th century, when Four Oaks station was opened in 1884 on the extension of the Sutton Coldfield Branch line to Lichfield from Birmingham New Street. The opening of the station undoubtedly encouraged house building in the area. But it was not until the second half of the 20th century that the area became part of Sutton Coldfield and then the West Midlands conurbation.
Four Oaks Estate lies south and west of Four Oaks Road as far as the railway line. Early 20th-century houses here were built on the parkland of Four Oaks Hall from which the district derives its name.
In 1680 Lord Ffolliot built a mansion called Four Oaks Hall which after being sold many times over the years fell into disrepair and was demolished in 1898 which is now the site of Carhampton House, one of three Grade II Listed buildings in Luttrell Road
In 1881 The Four Oaks estate was bought by the Four Oaks Racecourse Company who laid out a course for horse racing. The course followed the perimeter of the hall's park with the grandstand along the present site of Clarry Drive. The first meeting was held on Thursday 17th March 1881, however, it was not a successful business venture and folded less than ten years later with the final meeting being held on Friday 23rd August 1889
Much shrewder was the Marquess of Clanricarde, a wealthy Irish MP who bought the estate for superior housing development. Building began in the last years of the 19th century and continued for 20 years.
A large part of the Four Oaks Estate is now a conservation area with some very fine houses. These include Redlands in Hartopp Road designed by C E Bateman in Tudor style built in 1900, Woodgate by W H Bidlake also in Tudor style, and Bateman's Swanston and Bryn Teg both in Queen Anne style in Bracebridge Road. All are Grade II Listed buildings.
Four Oaks Estate is now one of the most expensive residential areas in the West Midlands, the Park's private roads are home to some of the region's wealthiest residents. The estate is characterised by its large houses and tree-lined, speed-humped roads. The houses on the estate are individually designed and most sell at well over £1 million with some as high as 3 million. The roads on Four Oaks Estate are owned by Four Oaks Estate Ltd and run by a formally constituted Residents Association that elects a secretary & treasurer to manage its affairs.