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Penn Fields is an area of the city of Wolverhampton, West Midlands, situated about one mile to the south-west of the city centre within the Graiseley ward. It lies on Penn Road, the A449 trunk road to Kidderminster. The housing stock varies from modest terraced homes to large detached residences. The community is now racially very mixed. Notable buildings include the Bingley Enterprise Centre and Bantock Primary School. There are many courses at the Bingley Enterprise Centre where English classes, Henna and arts classes and lots of others. Previously Bantock Primary School was formerly Bingley Primary School until 2001. Main roads to be noticed in Pennfields are Lea Road and Penn Road. In the Pennfields area there is also a Mc Donalds restaurant on Lea Road off Penn Road. The fast food restaurant has had a new refurbishment and new design not long ago which has made the customers double. Previously before the McDonalds restaurant the area was a Dairy factory. In the Pennfields area there is a diverse culture with a mix of various cultures. Since 2007 a big mix of Slovaks, Polish, Czechs and a minority of Lithuanians have come into the area making it much more racially mixed than Blakenhall. There are many shops on Lea Road and Owen Road, more of Asian fruit and vegetables stores. There is also a Petrol Station on the Lea Road roundabout, and also superstores, laundrettes, flower store, car and mechanics store and post office also previously there was one on Owen Road but has shut down.
Over the last decade the area has suffered with a number of social issues. A number of incidents involving antisocial behaviour, a mysterious explosion and shootings have tarnished Pennfields reputation.
Penn Fields is served by an active Christian parish church, based at St Philip's in Church Road (appropriately enough). A new church service was started in 2013 for midweek worship, with refreshments served before and after, see the web site for details. There is a contemporary service at 10:30am and a traditional service at 09:00am, both on a Sunday. The Christians in Penn Fields are very proud of the 150 year history of their parish and the many developments in schooling, teaching, recreation and children and youth work that has been undertaken. But the church is not content to rely on the past accomplishments, and strives to serve the needs of the local community as Jesus would want them to, every day of the week.
At voting times the Lea Road Church is used as a voting poll. There is two Sikh gurudwaras in the Pennfields region, one small Gurudwara on Lea Road and a larger one on Penn Road "Thath Gurudwara"
- St Philips
- Penn Fields Conservation Area
- Penn Fields Parish
- Axcis: Penn Fields School, Wolverhampton