Bilbrook shown within Staffordshire
|Area||1,396 km2 (539 sq mi)|
|Population||5,174 (Estimate 2004)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||West Midlands|
Bilbrook is a village in the South Staffordshire district of Staffordshire, England. It is situated close to the border of the West Midlands, just outside Wolverhampton. Bilbrook is often overshadowed by the adjacent Codsall village but has its own separate identity. The village gets its name from billers (an old word for watercress), which grew in the local brook until recent times.
Prior to the 1850s Bilbrook was a small farming village composed mainly of the Estate of Bilbrook Manor, with its constituent farm workers cottages. The original village green was situated to the north of the existing green at the junction of Bilbrook Road and Joeys Lane, and was the location that the founder of the Methodist movement, John Wesley preached at in 1745.
Education and amenities
Bilbrook has a first school (Lane Green), a middle school (Bilbrook Middle) and a church (Holy Cross). Other features include The Woodman Inn public house and two rows of shops including Tesco Express and Spar supermarkets. Bilbrook's village green includes a war memorial, and a carved oak arch adorned with historical information about the local area. It has a yearly street fair on Easter Monday in the road outside the Church and is generally considered a safe place to live.
Bilbrook has a thriving community football club called Bilbrook Junior FC, which was founded in 1978 with the objective of providing local youngsters with the opportunity to enjoy playing football both in training and competitive matches, the club catering for 300 boys and girls from under 7s to under 18s. In December 2005 the club achieved "The FA Charter Standards Community Club" award. The club, based on Pendeford Lane with pitches off Wobaston Road in nearby Pendeford, has recently been told to vacate its Wobaston Road pitches as the land is needed as part of the i54 business park project.
- "How we have served your Parish" (PDF). Bilbrook Parish Council News - Spring 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
- "Fears for future as club is told to vacate pitches". Express & Star. 2 March 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bilbrook, Staffordshire.|
- Bilbrook Village Website - History Page
- Bilbrook Junior FC
- Friends of Bilbrook - a non profit organization set up to improve the area