Restoration Project – Old Merridale Farm, Merridale Lane, Wolverhampton
Old Merridale Farm was the home of the de Salfords family and there are references to the de Salfords of Merridale from the early 14th century. An archaeological report produced in 2001 showed that there were sandstone wall and foundations which appeared to date back to the 12th century. This would make it the oldest known building in Wolverhampton, other than St. Peter’s! Wolverhampton Civic Society commemorated the restoration with one of their infamous Blue Plaques for excellent restoration of what has proved to be Wolverhampton’s oldest building. Before work commenced the building had been derelict for some time and was in a very poor condition, it’s future was uncertain.
Wolverhampton Listed Buildings:
Listing: The Old Farmhouse and Dairy. II. house, subdivided. Late Medieval; remodelled circa early 17th century, extended circa 18th century and with 20th century alterations. Timber-framed, partly rebuilt and extended in brick, now all rendered. Gable-ended roof, cladding stripped off. Truncated axial, lateral and gable-end brick stacks.
“Yes, this apparent dump really is a listed building, which was saved from demolition by the alertness of Derek Thom, of the Wolverhampton Civic Society, and quick work by the Borough Council and English Heritage. The building has now been bought privately for restoration as a private residence by Maythorn Construction. Congratulations and good wished to Maythorn Construction. This is a wonderful survival and its restoration is eagerly anticipated.”