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Ashmore Park is a large housing estate just outside of Wednesfield, in England. It is now in the city of Wolverhampton, West Midlands and was located within the historic county boundaries of Staffordshire. It forms most of the Wednesfield North ward of Wolverhampton City Council.
Places of interest
At the heart of the estate is a large green park consisting of a children's play area and multiple sports facilities which include a skate park, all weather multi sports pitch BMX track and bowls green. The park is also home to the Wednesfield Aces speedway team. This park was built on a slag heap, the remains of mining in the area. A good percentage of the estate was built before this land was reclaimed so the Estate was not named after the park.
There are two main shopping areas, known locally as the 'top' or 'bottom' shops due to their geographic location. Both precincts house a mix of local and independent businesses. The 'bottom shops' underwent an extensive facelift during the early 2000s that included work to preserve the historic moat site.
Located on Griffiths Drive (the main road around the estate) there is a community centre, a youth club and a newly built Children's Centre "The Parks". The Ashmore Park Community Centre and Ashmore Park Youth Club have each been renovated in recent years, improving both accessibility and security for the general users.
The estate is served by two Banks's pubs: "The Ashmore" and "The True Briton". There is also a Fish And Chips shop, a Post Office Chemist and Library.
The estate has three churches, St Alban's Church (C of E), Corpus Christi Church (R.C.) and a Baptist church, all three are on Griffiths Drive.
Ashmore Park was originally one of the wooded estates which Lady Wulfruna gave over to St. Peter's Fold in order for it to generate income and food for itself. A moat surrounded farmhouse was built here, sometime in the mid-14th century. Three-quarters of the moat still exists today, at the 'bottom shops'.
The housing estate was originally built as an overspill estate for Wolverhampton, but was built within Wednesfield Urban District. The estate consists predominantly of 1950s council houses, flats and bungalows. It was the biggest council estate in Europe at the time of being built.
The home stead is viewed as being used by the Dean of Wolverhampton in his role as Dean of Ashmore Park (basically landlord). Generally the house was probably used as a farm and hostel for visitors and/ or workers utilized on the land and in the woods. Such things were common medieval uses for outlying city/ town estates. However, there is little to no actual evidence of such use here. The old farmhouse was probably taken down when a new one was built in the early 19th century; that new one was demolished in 1957 and a library was built near its site.
The latest census to take place in the neighbourhood was in 2001, where it was recorded as having a population of 6,734. 25-44 year olds represented the highest proportion of the estate's population at 27.6% with 60-74 year olds being the second highest at 24.3%. The neighbourhood is not an ethnically diverse area with 97.2% of the population being classed as White. Black Caribbean is the largest ethnic minority group in the neighbourhood, representing 0.9%. Christianity is the predominant religion in the area with 81.6% of the population stating that they were Christians. 9.4% said that they did not have a religion.
There was a total of 2,968 households in the neighbourhood, of which 54.5% are owner occupied and 39.4% are council houses. 0.4% of the population live in communal establishments, 84% of which suffer from a long term illness. Of all the households, only 11.1% are considered to not be deprived at all and 7.2% are considered to be overcrowded.
Ashmore Park had an unemployment rate of 7.1%, above the Wolverhampton average of 5.3%. Of the economically inactive, 24.4% are retired.
The 59 bus is operated by National Express West Midlands and provides regular access to the estate from Wolverhampton via Heath Town, New Cross Hospital and Wednesfield with services roughly every 4–10 minutes Monday-Saturday and 9–12 minutes Sundays and bank holidays. The 28 bus is also operated by National Express West Midlands and runs between Wolverhampton and Willenhall via Heath Town, New Cross Hospital Grounds, Wood End, Ashmore Park and New Invention operating every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday daytimes. Then the 28E is operated by Arriva Midlands and runs from Wolverhampton to New Invention only at an hourly frequency Evenings, Sundays and Bank Holidays. Fares are £1.70 for up to 3 fare stages and £1.90 beyond. Diamond Bus operated on the 59 from May 2011-21 October 2012. In January 2012 Diamond started operated the 59H route which followed the 59 route but served the actual hospital grounds instead of just the main gates. On 21 October 2012, Diamond stopped operating on the 59 and withdrew their 59H route completely due to Low passenger numbers.This Leaves National Express West Midlands the sole operator of the 59 service once more.
The estate is served by Coppice Performing Arts School, a secondary school. Three primary schools also situate on the estate: Oak Meadow Primary School, Corpus Christie Catholic School and St Albans Primary School. When the estate was first built it was served by two primary schools, Ashmore Park County Primary School and Danesfield both demolished in the recent past.
- "Area Profile of ASHMORE PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD" (pdf). Wolverhampton City Council. Retrieved 2008-12-05.