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St John the Baptist's
Armitage is located in Staffordshire
Armitage shown within Staffordshire
OS grid reference SK084160
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RUGELEY
Postcode district WS15
Dialling code 01543
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
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52°44′30″N 1°52′37″W / 52.74156°N 1.87702°W / 52.74156; -1.87702Coordinates: 52°44′30″N 1°52′37″W / 52.74156°N 1.87702°W / 52.74156; -1.87702

Armitage is a village in Staffordshire, England on the south side of the Trent and Mersey Canal between Lichfield and Rugeley. Together with the adjacent village of Handsacre, it forms the parish of Armitage with Handsacre.

Village amenities[edit]

Armitage has a variety of village amenities including a Londis, a privately owned fishing shop, a corner newspaper shop, and the Croft Primary School. Armitage is also the home of Armitage Shanks. It has two churches, the larger being St. John the Baptist church located at the north end of the village. The organ of St John the Baptist church is of particular interest due to its size, age and history.[2] The organ was built in 1789 for nearby Lichfield Cathedral, but moved here in 1865, commissioned by the then organist Josiah Spode (IV) who resided at nearby Hawkesyard estate, also known as Spode House.[3]


The name comes from the Middle English Ermitage, meaning 'Hermitage',[4] from a tradition that a hermit lived between the church and the River Trent[citation needed]. It does not appear in the Domesday Book although Handsacre does.

The professional golfer Robert Rock was born in Armitage.

Armitage is close to the villages of Handsacre and Hill Ridware. It lies between the towns of Rugeley and Lichfield. It is located on the West Coast Main Line, the nearest stop being Rugeley or Lichfield.


  1. ^ "United Kingdom Parliament". Retrieved 18 September 2009. 
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  4. ^ "Key to English Place Names". Institute for Name-Studies. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Armitage at Wikimedia Commons