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. It was a small village owned by Nigel of Stafford as far back as 1086, however this ancient parish area 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 swans who have historically inhabited the Gardens, and also the wider immutability of life in general. Similarly, the local football team is Stapenhill Swans. Stapenhill Gardens is also the location of the annual "Tulip Festival", an event unrivalled outside The Netherlands
Current and former pubs and bars in the area include The Copper Hearth (now a Tesco supermarket), The New Inn (aka BIS HQ) The Punch Bowl (now a care home), The Barley Mow (now a pound shop), The Crown, The Grove, The Dart and The Elms.
Stapenhill is well known for its wide variety of shopping opportunities, ranging from major chain-stores to independent craft butchers and "everything in between". The primary retail centres are Main Street, Rosliston Road/Brackenwood Road area and Short Street/Lincoln Road. A large Westfield shopping mall has been proposed for the site which is currently (2014) occupied by Heath Road Recreation Ground, to complement the ongoing Drakelow Park development. A decision on whether this will be approved should be made by late 2015.
Other local features include a Church of England church and a large 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 and Edge Hill Junior to the east, and to the south Waterside Junior and Short Street Infants merged in 2011 to become "Riverview Primary", the assembly hall of which is allegedly haunted by the ghost of Cyril Shilton.
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.
- Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.1406
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