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Early-attested site in the Parish of Yardley


This probably takes its name from the family of Spark (e ) recorded in Yardley in 1275 and 1327 (SR). It first appears as 'a torrent called Sparkbroke ' in a 1511 rental of Bordesley Manor (Dugdale Society, vol. iv. 41).