Burntwood

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Burntwood
Christchurch Burntwood.jpg
Christchurch
Burntwood is located in Staffordshire
Burntwood
Burntwood
Location within Staffordshire
Population26,049 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSK0509
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBURNTWOOD
Postcode districtWS7
Dialling code01543
PoliceStaffordshire
FireStaffordshire
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
Websitewww.burntwood-tc.gov.uk
List of places
UK
England
Staffordshire
52°40′59″N 1°55′12″W / 52.6831°N 1.9200°W / 52.6831; -1.9200Coordinates: 52°40′59″N 1°55′12″W / 52.6831°N 1.9200°W / 52.6831; -1.9200

Burntwood is a town in Staffordshire, England, approximately 4 miles (6 km) west of Lichfield. The town had a population of 26,049 at the time of the 2011 census and forms part of Lichfield district. The town forms one of the largest urbanised parishes[2] in England. Samuel Johnson opened an academy in nearby Edial in 1736. The town is home to the smallest park in the UK, Prince's Park, which is located next to Christ Church on the junction of Farewell Lane and Church Road. The town expanded in the nineteenth century around the coal mining industry.

Areas of Burntwood are Boney Hay, Chase Terrace, Chasetown, Gorstey Lea and Burntwood Green. Nearby places are Brownhills, Cannock, Cannock Wood, Norton Canes, Gentleshaw, Hammerwich and Lichfield.

In September 2009 it was announced that a Burntwood man, Terry Herbert, had discovered a hoard of Saxon treasure with a metal detector in a field in the adjoining village of Hammerwich.[3] Known as the Staffordshire Hoard, it is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold yet found.

Transport[edit]

Burntwood along with Chasetown has very good bus connections to places like Walsall and Brownhills which is operated by National Express West Midlands bus route no.10A (Previously no.10 until 2018 route change) as well as Cannock, Rugeley and Lichfield.

Burntwood has never had a passenger or mainline railway connection that passed by the town apart from the mineral line to Chasewater collieries but it does have the Chasewater Railway nearby with stops at Chasetown (Church Street) and Chasewater Heaths.

The local and nearest railway station on the mainline was the station at the small village of Hammerwich on the now mothballed South Staffordshire Line which was over 2 miles from the town.

Education[edit]

Nursery schools[edit]

Primary schools[edit]

Secondary schools[edit]

Both high schools fell victim to arson attacks in 2002. Most of Chase Terrace Technology College was destroyed in August 2002.[4] While Chasetown Specialist Sports College lost its gym facility in December 2002.[5] Both buildings have been rebuilt and refurbished.

Special education[edit]

Notable people[edit]

  • Gary J. Tunnicliffe (born 1968) a British special make-up effects designer, writer and director
  • Alan Wiley (born 1960) a former English football referee

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2001 Census: Parish headcounts". Office for National Statistics. 28 April 2004. Retrieved 30 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Names and codes for Administrative Geography". Office for National Statistics. 31 December 2008. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Anglo-Saxon treasures uncovered". BBC News. 24 September 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
  4. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2194742.stm
  5. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2557329.stm
  6. ^ https://www.wlv.ac.uk/about-us/news-and-events/latest-news/2013/may-2013/student-hopes-to-be-the-voice.php