Gnosall

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Coordinates: 52°47′06″N 2°15′10″W / 52.7850°N 2.2528°W / 52.7850; -2.2528

Gnosall
Skyline of Gnosall
Gnosall shown on a map of Staffordshire
Gnosall shown on a map of Staffordshire
Gnosall
 Gnosall shown within Staffordshire
Area  37.77 km2 (14.58 sq mi) [1]
Population 4,736 [1]
    - Density  125 /km2 (320 /sq mi)
OS grid reference SJ830208
District Stafford
Shire county Staffordshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town STAFFORD
Dialling code 01785
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Stone
List of places
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England
Staffordshire

Gnosall is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Stafford, Staffordshire, England, with a population of 4,736 across 2,048 households (2011 census).[1] It lies on the A518, approximately half-way between the towns of Newport (in Shropshire) and the county town of Staffordshire, Stafford. Gnosall Heath lies immediately south-west of the main village, joined by Station Road and separated by Doley Brook. Other nearby villages include Woodseaves, Knightley, Cowley, Ranton, Church Eaton and Haughton. Gnosall is widely regarded[by whom?] as one of the biggest villages in England.

History[edit]

The village was mentioned in the Domesday Book, in which it was named Geneshale. It is listed there as having a population of 12 households.[2]

The Stafford to Shrewsbury railway line once ran through the village. Gnosall's station opened on 1 June 1849 and closed on 6 August 1966.[3] The line was built by the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company, which also managed the Shropshire Union Canal which runs through the village. A footpath, the Way for the Millennium, now follows its route.[4]

St. Lawrence Church

Landmarks of interest include:

  • St. Lawrence Church, which dates from Norman times and stands over the site of an earlier Saxon church.[5]
  • Coton Mill, where it is claimed[by whom?] self-raising flour was invented (despite strong evidence it was created in 1845, by Henry Jones, a baker in Bristol.)
  • The lock-up, originally built on Station Road some time after 10 June 1820, when its construction was scheduled, and moved to its current site on Sellman Street in 1971.[6]

There are also several old, privately owned, buildings such as the building on the high street that was previously the Dukes Head, a public house. With a thatched roof, and herring-bone brick pattern between faded, unpainted wooden beams, it is generally regarded[by whom?] as one of the most picturesque scenes in the village, certainly on the High Street.

The large primary school was previously Heron Brook High School, but is now St. Lawrence CE (C) Primary school. It was originally designed to look attractive from the railway that passes close by it; however the only people who see its intended front now are walkers, staff and students.

Amenities[edit]

Gnosall is fairly self-contained in terms of shops and amenities, with its own fire station, supermarket, Doctor's Surgery, Dental Practice, two fuel stations, police station, cricket club, take aways, pubs, post office and historic high street with barber.

Many of the village's ancient traditions are still honoured today, notably the carnival, where children dress up in themed costumes, and a parade complete with custom made floats and a brass band that runs to the St Lawrence school field from the Royal Oak, another pub.

A large health centre was completed in 2006 at the opposite end of Gnosall from the old Doctor's Surgery by the fire station; tribute to the rapid increase in population of recent years.

The Village has a Community first responder Group, a charity consisting of trained local people who provide emergency cover on behalf of West Midlands Ambulance Service in response to 999 calls and administer basic life support, oxygen therapy, defibrillation and first aid whilst an ambulance is en route.

The village's newspaper; "GPN" (Gnosall Parish News), is produced and sold in the village, and serves as a local advertiser of services and events, as well as publishing articles of interest to the local community.

Despite there being controversy over the legality, fishing is popular and fruitful on the canal.

Notable Residents[edit]

The Rev. Adam Blakeman, the Puritan minister who founded the early American town of Stratford, Connecticut, was born in Gnosall in 1596.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Gnosall (Parish) 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Gnosall". Open Domesday. Anna Powell-Smith/University of Hull. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Gnosall". Staffordshire Places. Staffordshire County Council. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Way for the Millennium". Staffordshire County Council. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "St Lawrence Church, Gnosall, Staffs UK: Historical background". The Staffordshire Border Group of Churches. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "STAFFORDSHIRE. Lock-ups at Alton, Gnosall, Penkridge and Stafford..". Roy Pledger. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 

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