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Biddulph High Street
|Population||19,892 (2011 Census)|
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Origin of the name
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 as a result the Biddulph family crest is a wolf rampant.
In the days of coal and iron, Biddulph was actually called Bradley Green, 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'.
The hamlet of Brown Lees is located in the south of Biddulph civil parish.
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, it was awarded Sports College status in 2002. It has since gained Technology College status. Biddulph also has two middle schools: Woodhouse Middle School (formerly Biddulph Grammar School), and James Bateman Junior High School (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.
JD Wetherspoons opened The Bradley Green on Biddulph High Street on 3 September 2001.
In addition to the supermarket development, a number of derelict and semi-derelict buildings were refurbished or rebuilt by the local Councils and private owners. These were in line with the intentions set out in the Town Centre Area Action Plan (2007), which aimed to reverse the spiral of decline that had threatened the long-term viability of the town centre since the early 1990s.
A 3000 square metre primary health facility was built for the North Staffordshire Primary Care Trust in the town centre as part of the ongoing regeneration and investment programme.
A new cafe for youngsters, 'Biddulph Young People's Place' opened in March 2011 at Kingsfield First School after a year of planning and fund-raising.
In 2011 Biddulph, which has a population of approx. 20,000, was left without a post office for 4 months when the small supermarket in which it was situated closed down. A temporary Post Office was eventually set up in the town hall car park. A new post office was opened in October 2013 at the northern end of Biddulph High Street.
Biddulph had its railway station 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. The station remains in situ and the platforms as a private residence. With the trackbed forming the Biddulph Valley Way. And the nearest active stations are now in Congleton, Kidsgrove and Longport.
Within the bowl 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 of a ruined castle at the summit of the hill, built in the 1750s.
- James Bateman (1811–1897) landowner  and horticulturist, developed Biddulph Grange
- Robert Bateman (1842–1922) painter, architect and horticultural designer.
- Jack Simcock (1929 - 2012) painter, studied at Burslem School of Art, known for "a long series of bleak, sombre oils on board" of the Mow Cop area
- Professor Brian Scarlett (1938–2004) academic  noted for his contributions to particle technology
- Joan Walley (born 1949) Labour Party politician, MP for Stoke-on-Trent North 1987 / 2015.
- Malcolm Bailey (born 1950) former footballer, 174 appearances for Altrincham F.C.
- Roger Elkin (born 1943) poet, critic and reviewer has won over 200 prizes in poetry competitions.
- John Farmer (born 1947) former footballer, made 163 appearances for Stoke City F.C.
- Phil Dowd (born 1963) retired  professional football referee
- Rob Bailey (born 1963) cricket umpire  and former player for Northants
- James Wilson (born 1995) professional footballer, plays for Port Vale and previously played for Manchester United.
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