Stapenhill approaching from the south
Stapenhill shown within Staffordshire
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Stapenhill is an area and civil parish in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire in the UK. Stapenhill was a small village owned by Nigel of Stafford in 1086, however the original ancient village has long since been surrounded by new housing developments.
The area is often described as "The Rome of the East Midlands" due to its culture, nightlife, shopping and heritage. Several major music festivals take place every summer at Catton Hall, on the outskirts of the village.
Stapenhill Gardens is the epitome of Stapenhill. Its main feature is a gigantic model swan with all flowers planted in it. This represents the gardens' main inhabitants, the swans, and also the wider immutability of life in general. In a similar vein, the local football team is known as The Stapenhill Swans. Stapenhill Gardens is also the location of the annual "Tulip Festival", an event unrivalled outside The Netherlands
Major current and former pubs in the area include The Copper Hearth (now a Tesco mini-supermarket), The New Inn (otherwise known as BIS HQ) The Punch Bowl (now demolished to make way for a care home), The Barley Mow (now a pound shop), The Crown (reconfigured as a holding pen for the more feral Stapenhill residents), The Grove and The Elms.
Other local features include a Church of England church and a cemetery. The main Secondary Schools in the area are Paulet High School, Robert Sutton Catholic High School, and Stapenhill Post 16 Centre. Primary schools in the area include; Violet Lane Infants, Edge Hill Junior. Waterside Junior and Short Street Infants merged in 2011 to become "Riverview Primary", where the ghost of Cyril Shilton wanders still.
The village is east of the Trent, and thus was administered as part of Derbyshire from at least 1086 until the Local Government Act 1888, when it passed into Staffordshire as a result of boundary changes. The boundaries of the original ancient village were Rosliston Road, Cumberland Road, Short Street and Norfolk Road.
Notable current and former residents include Freddie Starr, Richard Jobson, Laura Ashley and Idi Amin. Stapenhill was regularly used as a setting for action scenes in The Sweeney, and more recently has doubled for Inverness in several episodes of Monarch of the Glen. It is renowned worldwide for its shed industry, centred around the Baker Street/Long Street industrial area, which employs some 3,000 village residents.
- Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.1406
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