|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Wren's Nest (SO929915)|
|To:||Eve Hill (SO936905)|
|Via:||Burton Road, Salop Street|
|Distance:||0.8 miles (1.2 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The route now followed by the B4588 became a B road in the 1960s when the A459 heading into Dudley from Wolverhampton was diverted from its original course – along Burton Road, Highland Road, and Salop Street – to its modern-day route, which follows The Broadway. However, OS 1:2500 and 1:10560 sheets from the 1950s through to the 1970s label the road as the B4158. There is enough of a difference between the two numbers to doubt that this is a simple mapping error.
The view at the junction of the B4588 with the B4176 heading north is roughly that of the inner sleeve photo of Led Zeppelin's untitled album (also known as IV or Four Symbols) – the one that contains Stairway To Heaven – although some of the tower blocks were demolished in the 1990s.
The road appears to give map-makers headaches: both B4458 and B4558 have been used for this route in mapping from different cartographers (including the Ordnance Survey). B4588, however, is the number allocated to the road in official documents issued by Dudley's former county borough council and appearing on the website of the current metropolitan borough council, and is also the number referenced in notices published in the London Gazette relating to speed limit changes, as well as being signposted at each end of the route.