School Lane in Hopwas
Hopwas shown within Staffordshire
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|Civil parish||Wigginton and Hopwas|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||West Midlands|
Hopwas is a village in Staffordshire, England. It lies just over 2 miles (3 km) west of Tamworth and 5 miles (8 km) east of Lichfield. It is situated where the A51 road crosses both the River Tame and the Coventry Canal. Although close to Tamworth, the village is part of the parish of Wigginton and Hopwas within Lichfield District.
Hopwas is recorded in the Domesday Book as "The King holds Opewas; there are three hides; the arable land is six carucates. In demesne there is a mill of thirteen shillings and four pence rent; and eleven villans and two bordars employ five ploughs. Here are thirty acres of meadow, a wood six furlongs in length and three in breadth. The whole was valued aforetime and then at 40s."
North of Hopwas village is Hopwas Hays Wood, which consists of approximately 385 acres of ancient woodland, that was owned for many years by the Levett family of Wychnor Park. A large part of the woodland is currently owned by Tarmac.
Tamworth Cricket Club currently plays at Hopwas.
Hopwas has a number of listed buildings, including cottages, a school house and the Parish Church of St Chad. Of particular interest may be the canal bridge, a milepost, and the Hopwas Pumping Station.
Notable people from Hopwas
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- "Hopwas WI". Hopwas WI WEbsite. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
- "Hopwas Book Club". Hopwas Book Club Blog. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
- "Listed Buildings in Wigginton parish". Retrieved 15 September 2009.
- "The Hopwas beam engine". Retrieved 17 September 2009.
- "Old Pubs & Old Ales". Retrieved 17 September 2009.
- "Literary Heritage - West Midlands: Guy N. Smith". January 2003. Retrieved 17 September 2009.
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