Alrewas

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Alrewas
All Saints, Alrewas.jpg
All Saints Church
Alrewas is located in Staffordshire
Alrewas
Alrewas
 Alrewas shown within Staffordshire
Population 2,997 [1]
OS grid reference SK170150
Civil parish Alrewas
District Lichfield
Shire county Staffordshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BURTON-ON-TRENT
Postcode district DE13
Dialling code 01283
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Lichfield[2]
List of places
UK
England
Staffordshire

Coordinates: 52°43′55″N 1°44′56″W / 52.732°N 1.749°W / 52.732; -1.749

Alrewas (awl-ree-was) is a large village and civil parish within Lichfield District, in Staffordshire, England.[3][4]

Location[edit]

The village is located on the A38 road, approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Lichfield, and is just inside the national forest line.

According to the English Place-Name Society the name means Alluvial land growing with alder trees[5] (Anglo-Saxon Alor-wæsse).

Points of interest[edit]

Bagnall Lock.
The Trent and Mersey Canal.
The Trent near Alrewas.

Alrewas lies at the confluence of the Trent and Mersey Canal and the River Trent. It is adjacent to the A38 road, which follows the line of Ryknild Street, a Roman road.

In the 2011 Census Alrewas had a population of around 2,852.[1] Until 1 April 2009 it was part of the civil parish of Alrewas and Fradley, but is now a parish in its own right.[6][7][8] Situated close to Alrewas are the villages of Wychnor, Barton-under-Needwood, Fradley and Kings Bromley.

Sited just east of Alrewas is the National Memorial Arboretum, dedicated to remembering those lost due to warfare since the Second World War.

The village was previously the seat of Bishop of Lichfield.[citation needed]

Churches[edit]

The Methodist church
  • All Saints Church, restored in 1997 this particular church, just off Church Lane, dates from the 12th century. Some Norman work remains but there is much Gothic enlargement. The font dates from the 15th century and the pulpit is 17th century. There is a monument of c. 1707 by Thomas White.
  • Methodist Church, on Post Office Road, opposite the Crown Inn. It plays a large part in the Arts festival. In 1989 due to rot it was necessary to renew the entire roof. A new floor had to be laid also, involving the removal of pews and organ.

Culture and arts[edit]

The village runs the annual Alrewas Festival during the summer. This is a traditional village festival. The Alrewas Arts Festival is a bi-annual event that intends to showcase local artistic and artisan talents. As well as this there are many workshops that everyone can take part in from silk painting to film making, there is a lot of fund raising that has to happen in order for this event to run smoothly this includes, auctions and sales.

Each year, there is a village show.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rural Settlement Sustainability Study: Population & Dwellings". July 2007. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "United Kingdom Parliament". Retrieved 18 September 2009. 
  3. ^ OS Explorer Map 245: The National Forest :(1:25 000) :ISBN 0 319 24028 2
  4. ^ Map Details retrieved 11 April 2013
  5. ^ EPNS Database at Nottingham University
  6. ^ "Names and codes for Administrative Geography". Office for National Statistics. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Closure of AaFwS Parish Council web pages". 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Review of Parish Council Wards and Boundaries". 2005. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 

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