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Oak Road. All the roads on this 1930's development situated near the Memorial Park were given the names of trees.
Oaken Drive. Named after the village of Oaken near Codsall.
Oakridge Drive. Like other streets in the area, takes its name from a small village of the same name in Gloucestershire. The village is one and a half miles from Chalford.
Orchard Close. A modern development which takes its name from Orchard Road which it adjoins.
Orchard Road. This road was originally known as Maundy Alley, no doubt due to its close proximity to St Giles Church. The road was renamed Orchard Road by Willenhall Urban District Council on December 6th 1909. In all probability there was once an orchard situated nearby.
Oregon Drive. Named after the Oregon Pine tree.
Overdale Close. A short close off Overdale Drive.
Overdale Drive. A street leading from Clarkes Lane to Western Avenue in Bentley. Nothing is known about the origins of the name, but it is probably fictitious.
Owen Road. Named as a tribute to the late Mr Ernest Owen former Chairman of the large Rubery Owen & Co Ltd. factory which stood nearby and provided employment for many local people over many years before it closed its doors for the last time in 1979, causing a slump in employment from which Darlaston has never fully recovered. The road was made up and named in 1940 and in return for the honour, Sir Alfred Owen agreed to pay a third of the cost of the work up to a maximum of 250.
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