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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 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.
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. Known as the Staffordshire Hoard, it is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold yet found.
Burntwood has eight primary schools: Fulfen Primary School, Holly Grove Primary School, Boney Hay Primary School, Chasetown Primary School, Springhill Primary School, Chase Terrace Primary School, Highfields Primary School and Ridgeway Primary School. It also has two high schools, which are Erasmus Darwin Academy (previously Chasetown Specialist Sports College) and Chase Terrace Technology College. Both schools fell victim to arson attacks in 2002. Most of Chase Terrace Technology College was destroyed in August 2002. While Chasetown Specialist Sports College lost its gym facility in December 2002. Both buildings have been rebuilt and refurbished.
Notable Current & Former Residents
- Dalian Atkinson Ex Aston Villa Footballer
- Kim Betts, also known as Lightning from Gladiators, who went to the local school.
- Jon Brookes, former drummer with the band The Charlatans
- Gary Cahill, professional footballer with Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea and England.
- Mitchel Emms, vocalist & musician, quarter finalist of BBC1's The Voice UK 2013.
- Darren Evetts, Lord of Burntwood.
- Dave Goddard, motorsport commentator.
- Sonia Lannaman Ex British international 100 metre and 200 metre sprinter.
- Damon Minchella, a musician of Ocean Colour Scene and Paul Weller fame
- Sir Eric Pountain, 1987 Businessman of the Year
- Gary Stringer, lead singer of the band Reef
- Stephen Sutton MBE English blogger and charity activist known for his blog Stephen's Story and his fundraising efforts for the Teenage Cancer Trust
- Alan Wiley former English football referee.
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- "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.
- "Anglo-Saxon treasures uncovered". BBC News. 24 September 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2010.