A centuries old bridleway running along a boundary between the old villages of Woodsetton and Ettingshall was subject to a major upgrading in spring 2009. The Woodsetton Charitable Trust secured over £90,000 in grants for land drainage, surface reinstatement, fencing and hedge cultivation.

It is part of a journey that can be walked eastwards from All Saint’s Church in Sedgley to the centre of Coseley. The route can easily be picked out on a 1798 map of Staffordshire and it is likely to have existed before 1600.

The origin of place names is always in dispute and Turls Hill is no different. Some favour a derivation from the Turley family, others from the Anglo-Saxon meaning the head or top of the hill. And spellings include Terhull, Turles Hill, Turleys Hill and today Turl’s Hill or Turls Hill.

On Friday 1st May 2009 short speeches by Trust secretary, David Bates and Sedgley Councillor, David Caunt marked the completion of improvements. Then a symbolic finishing touch was made to the footpath by Crusader a ten ton steam road roller made by Aveling & Porter in 1926. The vintage roller belonged to Robert Bate from Fordhouses, Wolverhampton.

Turls Hill Lane newly surfaced
Crusader in action