In the beginning…

This undated sketch shows a north-westerly view of the evirons of Villa Park, as they might have appeared in the late 18th century. On the left, Aston Hall occupies the so-called ‘upper grounds’, now Aston Park. From Aston Church, two roads fork on either side of Dovehouse Pool (where the Villa Park pitch now lies), forming the triangular area known as the ‘lower grounds’. The road to the right (or east) of Dovehouse Pool, Witton Lane, is marked as such on maps of the 18th century, whereas the road on the left, Trinity Road, was strictly speaking not laid out formally until the 1860s.

source: Villa Park 100 Years, by Simon Inglis