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Coordinates: 53°07′N 2°10′W / 53.12°N 2.17°W / 53.12; -2.17
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Biddulph High Street
Biddulph is located in Staffordshire
Location within Staffordshire
Population19,892 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSJ8857
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townStoke-on-Trent
Postcode districtST8
Dialling code01782
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53°07′N 2°10′W / 53.12°N 2.17°W / 53.12; -2.17

Biddulph is a town in Staffordshire, England, 8.5 miles (14 km) north of Stoke-on-Trent and 4.5 miles (7 km) south-east of Congleton, Cheshire.

Origin of the name[edit]

Biddulph's name may come from Anglo-Saxon/Old English bī dylfe = "beside the pit or quarry". It may also stem from a corruption of the Saxon/Old English Bidulfe, meaning "wolf slayer", and the Biddulph family crest is a wolf rampant.

In the days of coal and iron, Biddulph was called Bradley Green, with the original site of Biddulph being the area in which the parish church, Grange House and the ruins of Biddulph Old Hall stand. It was not until 1930 that the town was marked on Ordnance Survey maps as Biddulph.[2]


Biddulph valley, filled with fog, from Biddulph Moor

Biddulph is in a valley between the ridges of Mow Cop to the east and Biddulph Moor to the west. It encompasses the hamlets of Gillow Heath, Knypersley and Brown Lees.


In common with other parts of the area administered by Staffordshire LEA, the Middle School system operates in Biddulph.

Biddulph has one high school (ages 13 to 16) with a sixth form (ages 16 to 18) called Biddulph High School,[3] it was awarded Sports College status in 2002. It has since gained Technology College status. Biddulph also has two middle schools: Woodhouse Middle School[4] (formerly Biddulph Grammar School), and James Bateman Middle School[5] (formerly Park Middle School), serving pupils aged 9–13. These are fed by several first schools, such as Kingsfield First School, Knypersley First School, Squirrel Hayes First School, Oxhey First School, and several more.

Local media[edit]


Since the town is close to the Cheshire-Staffordshire border, local news and television programmes are provided by BBC North West and ITV Granada that broadcast from Salford.[6]


The town is home to Churnet Sound radio a community radio station that broadcasts in DAB across south Cheshire and North Staffordshire Other local radio stations are BBC Radio Stoke, Signal 1 and Moorlands Radio.


The Sentinel is the local newspaper.

Main sights[edit]

Biddulph Grange
Biddulph Town Hall

Within the valley created by the ridges of Mow Cop and Biddulph Moor, the main sights of note include; ancient burial mounds; evidence of the English Civil War; the bubonic plague; the site of the former Black Bull Colliery; tombs of possible Crusader knights; an Iron Age fort; and the site of a meeting of the Methodist movement with the Wesleys.

A dominant feature on hills above the village is Mow Cop Castle, which is a folly built in the 1750s to look like a medieval fortress and round tower.

Biddulph is also home to Biddulph Grange, a house and landscaped gardens owned by the National Trust. Adjacent to and part of the original estate is Biddulph Grange Country Park.

Biddulph Town Hall was completed in 1965.[7]


Biddulph railway station was opened by the North Staffordshire Railway in 1864. The station was on the Biddulph Valley Line that ran from a junction just north of Congleton on the Stoke-on-Trent – Macclesfield line to a junction south of Stoke-on-Trent station. Passenger traffic was withdrawn from the station on 11 July 1927, but freight traffic continued until 5 October 1964. There was also a canal rail interchange at Congleton Junction. The remains of the small dock on the Macclesfield Canal can still be seen. Parts of the station platform can still be seen, and one of the original buildings is now a private residence, the trackbed now forms the Biddulph Valley Way.

The nearest active stations are now in Congleton or Kidsgrove, which provide connections to Birmingham, Crewe, Derby, London Euston, Macclesfield, Manchester, Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent.

Biddulph is located on the A527, which links it to Congleton in the North and Stoke-on-Trent in the south.


D&G Bus provides bus services [8] to Hanley (No.9) and to Leek (No.93) and the No. 94 goes north to Congleton and south to Tunstall and Newcastle-under-Lyme

First Potteries also provides a bus service[9] (No.7A) to Hanley.

Notable people[edit]

James Bateman


Twin towns[edit]

Biddulph is twinned with:


The following is a list of people who have been a Freeman of Biddulph, and when the title was bestowed.

  • Tony Hall (2023)[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Town Population 2011". Archived from the original on 9 December 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Bradley Green, Biddulph". jdwetherspoon.co.uk.
  3. ^ "Home - Biddulph High School". biddulph.staffs.sch.uk.
  4. ^ "Woodhouse Middle School- Index". Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  5. ^ "James Bateman Middle School". jamesbateman.staffs.sch.uk.
  6. ^ "Over Biddulph (Staffordshire, England) Freeview Light transmitter". May 2004.
  7. ^ "Report to Cabinet" (PDF). Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. Retrieved 28 March 2024.
  8. ^ D&G Bus website, Route Maps retrieved 19 February 2018
  9. ^ First Potteries website, Route Maps retrieved 19 February 2018
  10. ^ Robert Bateman, The Three Ravens", Sotheby's retrieved 19 February 2018
  11. ^ Buckman, David (31 May 2012). "Jack Simcock obituary". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  12. ^ Prof Brian Scarlett, Profile, World Congress in Particle Technology 2006 retrieved 19 February 2018
  13. ^ "Joan Walley, former MP, Stoke-on-Trent North". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  14. ^ John Farmer, Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database retrieved 19 February 2018
  15. ^ "Malcolm Bailey". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  16. ^ SoccerBase Database retrieved 19 February 2018
  17. ^ ESPN cricinfo Database retrieved 19 February 2018
  18. ^ SoccerBase Database retrieved 14 June 2021
  19. ^ Biddulph Twinning Association (27 October 2022). "Twinning Group needs new blood". Chronicle letters
    The king of Letter Pages!. Congleton Chronicle. p. 32.
  20. ^ "Unique honour for veteran councillor". Congleton Chronicle. 27 April 2023. p. 21.

External links[edit]

Media related to Biddulph at Wikimedia Commons