Burntwood

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Burntwood
Shopping Centre, Chase Terrace - geograph.org.uk - 204633.jpg
Burntwood Shopping Centre
Burntwood is located in Staffordshire
Burntwood
Burntwood
Location within Staffordshire
Population26,049 (2020)[1]
OS grid referenceSK0509
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBURNTWOOD
Postcode districtWS7
Dialling code01543
PoliceStaffordshire
FireStaffordshire
AmbulanceWest 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
Christchurch, Burntwood

Burntwood is a former mining town and civil parish in the Lichfield District in Staffordshire, England, approximately 4 miles (6 km) west of Lichfield and north east of Brownhills. The town had a population of 26,049 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 (opened to commemorate the marriage of the Prince of Wales in 1863) 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.

Swan Island, Burntwood

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

In July 2009 a Burntwood man, Terry Herbert, discovered a hoard of Saxon treasure with a metal detector in a field in the adjoining village of Hammerwich.[3][4] Known as the Staffordshire Hoard, it is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold yet found.

Burntwood Asylum

Transport[edit]

Burntwood - along with Chasetown - has bus connections 60, 61 and 62 to Cannock, Rugeley and Lichfield operated by D&G Bus Chaserider. National Express West Midlands operate service 8 to Lichfield also linking Brownhills and Walsall. The 937 service, which runs to Birmingham, is an extension from the usual terminus of Brownhills West and runs only at around 6am and runs back to Burntwood at 6pm weekdays.

Arriva Midlands was the former operator of most bus routes around Burntwood before being taken over by D&G Bus in January 2021, now operating under Chaserider which is a subsidiary of D&G.

There are no railway connections in Burntwood. The nearest railway stations are Lichfield, Hednesford and Cannock, of which Lichfield is the closest.

Burntwood was served by the South Staffordshire Line which had a station in Hammerwich. There were many mineral lines in Burntwood which connected to Chasewater collieries as well as Angelsea Sidings. There is a heritage railway called the Chasewater Railway which is nearby with stops at Chasetown (Church Street) and Chasewater Heaths. In 2015, Lichfield District Council released a transport plan for Burntwood mentioning that if the line reopens to passenger services, there could be a chance of a new station to serve the town.[5]

Ring Road near the town centre, as the name suggests, was intended to form part of the ring road around the town centre, a function superseded by the A5190.

Education[edit]

Nursery schools[edit]

  • Abacus Early Learners
  • Busy Bees at St Matthew's
  • Little People Nursery
  • Sunny Days Nursery
  • Little Owls Nursery
  • Oakbridge Little Learners

Primary schools[edit]

  • Boney Hay Primary Academy (previously Boney Hay Community Primary School)
  • Chase Terrace Primary School
  • Chasetown Community School
  • Fulfen Primary School
  • Highfields Primary School
  • Holly Grove Primary School
  • Ridgeway Primary School
  • Springhill Primary School
  • St Joseph and St Theresa Catholic Primary School

Secondary schools[edit]

Both high schools fell victim to arson attacks in 2002. Most of Chase Terrace was destroyed in August 2002.[6] While Chasetown Specialist Sports College lost its gym facility in December 2002.[7] Both buildings have been rebuilt and refurbished.

Special education[edit]

  • Maple Hayes Hall School

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2001 Census: Parish headcounts". Office for National Statistics. 28 April 2004. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. 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 9 June 2019.
  4. ^ Matt Lee (4 January 2013). "Staffordshire Hoard: 'Opening a window into the Mercian kingdom'". BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Lichfield District Council Transport Plan" (PDF).
  6. ^ "UK | England | High school 'destroyed' by fire not tr". BBC News. 15 August 2002. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  7. ^ "UK | England | School closed after gym fire". BBC News. 9 December 2002. Retrieved 19 April 2019.