Northfield sits on Bristol Road South, part of the A38, a 292 mile-long road that runs between Bodmin in Cornwall and Mansfield in Nottinghamshire. Much of the A38 follows a Roman road that ran from the Bristol Channel to northeast England, while we know that in the Middle Ages it was a salt road used for transporting salt from the Droitwich brine springs (and may well have been since before Roman times).
In the 1762, the stretch of road between Birmingham and Worcester became a turnpike (toll road) with the Northfield tollgate on the junction of where Rochester Road is today.
In 2007 a relief road was built to reduce the volume of traffic traveling directly through the town centre. The new road was called Sir Herbert Austin Way after the man who founded the world-famous Austin Motor Company in the early 1900s and started the area’s long association with the car industry.
On the relief road, the Traveller’s Rest Junction and Black Horse Junction are named after the pubs. While Isaac Tongue Junction is in honour of a local blacksmith who, in the 1800s, would ‘re-christen’ children on his anvil. They’d often grow up being known by this nickname, rather the name they were given at their religious baptism.