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Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Beoley (SP063694)
To:  Washford (SP072650)
Via:  Redditch
Distance:  3.6 miles (5.8 km)
Meets:  B4101, A4023, A4189, A435
Primary Destinations
Highway Authorities

Warwickshire • Worcestershire

Traditional Counties

Warwickshire • Worcestershire

Route outline (key)
B4497 Beoley - Washford
B4497 Beoley - Upper Ipsley



The B4497 is a short B-road through Redditch. Its present route dates to the growth of the New Town in the 1970s.

Starting on the B4101 at Beoley the road briefly heads south along Icknield Street to reach a T-junction, where it TOTSOs right to follow Paper Mill Drive around the suburb of Church Hill. This is a typical New Town distributor: there are a number of side roads leading to residential areas but no buildings front onto our road at all. Presently a roundabout is reached where we rejoin Icknield Street and cross the A4023.

We continue south between the suburb of Wynyates and the Arrow Valley Park and soon reach another roundabout where the A4189 is crossed. We then continue along more of the same, still skirting the Arrow Valley Park before entering an industrial estate. We cross a large roundabout then end at a T-junction on the A435 shortly afterwards.


However, the road's original route, dating back to around 1930, was somewhat different, and now only the northernmost 100 m remains of that route. From Beoley, it headed south along the historic Roman Icknield Street (or Ryknild Street) to the centre of what is now Church Hill, then turned southwest along Marlfield Lane (now severed by the A4023 Coventry Highway). It crossed the River Arrow slightly to the south of the current crossing, and headed into St Georges along Beoley Road (now severed in several places, and split into East and West sections), meeting the B4093 and terminating there (the B4093 now terminates just south of Woodrow and so no longer reaches St. Georges).

It should be noted that though the B4497 is signed at each end, there is very little evidence that it has a classification through the new town of Redditch.

Related Pictures
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Icknield Street Drive B4497, Redditch (C) Robin Stott - Geograph - 3625062.jpgRavensmere Primary Road A4023.pngA4023 B4497 junction freeflow 1967.pngA4023 B4497 junction roundabout 1967.pngA4023 B4497 junction complete.png
Other nearby roads
B4400 – B4499
B4400 • B4401 • B4402 • B4403 • B4404 • B4405 • B4406 • B4407 • B4408 • B4409 • B4410 • B4411 • B4412 • B4413 • B4414 • B4415 • B4416 • B4417 • B4418 • B4419
B4420 • B4421 • B4422 • B4423 • B4424 • B4425 • B4426 • B4427 • B4428 • B4429 • B4430 • B4431 • B4432 • B4433 • B4434 • B4435 • B4436 • B4437 • B4438 • B4439
B4440 • B4441 • B4442 • B4443 • B4444 • B4445 • B4446 • B4447 • B4448 • B4449 • B4450 • B4451 • B4452 • B4453 • B4454 • B4455 • B4456 • B4457 • B4458 • B4459
B4460 • B4461 • B4462 • B4463 • B4464 • B4465 • B4466 • B4467 • B4468 • B4469 • B4470 • B4471 • B4472 • B4473 • B4474 • B4475 • B4476 • B4477 • B4478 • B4479
B4480 • B4481 • B4482 • B4483 • B4484 • B4485 • B4486 • B4487 • B4488 • B4489 • B4490 • B4491 • B4492 • B4493 • B4494 • B4495 • B4496 • B4497 • B4498 • B4499
Earlier iterationsB4407 • B4409 • B4414 • B4416 • B4423 • B4424 • B4426 • B4428(W) • B4428(E) • B4432 • B4433
B4454 • B4455 • B4456 • B4458 • B4459 • B4464 • B4477 • B4482 • B4485 • B4486

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