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Biddulph high Street.jpg
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
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°07′N 2°10′W / 53.12°N 2.17°W / 53.12; -2.17Coordinates: 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 as a result the Biddulph family crest is a wolf rampant.

In the days of coal and iron, Biddulph was actually 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]


A distant view of Biddulph from Biddulph Moor

Biddulph is located in a valley between the ridges of Mow Cop and Biddulph Moor to the east and west respectively. Biddulph also 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 Junior High 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.

Recent developments[edit]

Biddulph Community Fire Station in July 2011

The supermarket chain Sainsbury's opened a new store in Biddulph in November 2010.[6]

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),[7] 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.[8] A new post office was opened in October 2013 at the northern end of Biddulph High Street.[9]


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.

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 with Congleton in the North and Stoke-on-Trent in the south.


D&G Bus provides bus services [10] 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 [11] (No.7A) to Hanley.

Main sights[edit]

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.

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.

Notable people[edit]

James Bateman

Twin towns[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Town Population 2011". Archived from the original on 9 December 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Bradley Green, Biddulph".
  3. ^ "Home - Biddulph High School".
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "James Bateman Junior High School".
  6. ^ "Sainsbury's creates 400 jobs in Staffordshire with store openings". Talking Retail. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  7. ^ Biddulph Town Centre Area Action Plan, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (February 2007)
  8. ^ "Temporary Post Office opens in Biddulph after four-month wait". This is Staffordshire. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Stamp of approval for new Post Office". The Sentinel Staffordshire. 10 October 2013.
  10. ^ D&G Bus website, Route Maps retrieved 19 February 2018
  11. ^ First Potteries website, Route Maps retrieved 19 February 2018
  12. ^ Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement, Bateman, James retrieved 19 February 2018
  13. ^ Robert Bateman, The Three Ravens", Sotheby's retrieved 19 February 2018
  14. ^ The Guardian, 31/05/2012, Jack Simcock obituary retrieved 19 February 2018
  15. ^ Prof Brian Scarlett, Profile, World Congress in Particle Technology 2006 retrieved 19 February 2018
  16. ^ Joan Walley, Former MP, Stoke-on-Trent North retrieved 19 February 2018
  17. ^ "Biddulph". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  18. ^ John Farmer, Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database retrieved 19 February 2018
  19. ^ SoccerBase Database retrieved 19 February 2018
  20. ^ ESPN cricinfo Database retrieved 19 February 2018
  21. ^ SoccerBase Database retrieved 14 June 2021

External links[edit]

Media related to Biddulph at Wikimedia Commons