Betley

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Betley
Betley is located in Staffordshire
Betley
Betley
 Betley shown within Staffordshire
Population 921 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference SJ754485
District Newcastle-under-Lyme
Shire county Staffordshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CREWE
Postcode district CW3
Dialling code 01270
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Newcastle-under-Lyme
List of places
UK
England
Staffordshire

Coordinates: 53°02′00″N 2°22′02″W / 53.0334°N 2.3672°W / 53.0334; -2.3672

Betley is a village and civil parish in the Newcastle district of Staffordshire, England, about halfway between Newcastle-under-Lyme and Nantwich. Betley forms a continual linear settlement with Wrinehill.

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Transport[edit]

The A531 road passes through Betley as a non-primary route. It connects with the A525 road to the south and with the A500 road to the north.

Betley was once served by Betley Road train station on the present West Coast Main Line a few miles south of Crewe, but the station was inconveniently located some distance west of the village where it saw little use; despite being generously provided with four platforms it closed in October 1945.

History[edit]

Betley - meaning the 'clearing in the woods' of Bette (a Saxon woman's name) - is an ancient settlement. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book. It is one of several villages - including Buddileigh, Audley, and Madeley - which seem to be named after women. It had a major market, the charter for which was granted in the thirteenth century. At Betley Hall, a now-demolished country house, Charles Darwin conducted some of his zoological observations and Florence Nightingale visited. At another country house in the village, Betley Court (which is still standing), lived the Romantic poetess Eliza Tollet. The church, dedicated to St Margaret of Antioch, is a beautiful medieval building (reasonably well-restored by George Gilbert Scott), with oak beams and a cricket ground to the rear.

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Twin towns[edit]

Betley is twinned with:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "British towns twinned with French towns [via WaybackMachine.com]". Archant Community Media Ltd. Archived from the original on 5 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 

Sources[edit]

  • Betley: A Village of Contrasts, ed. Robert Speake (Keele University, 1980).

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