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 former mining town and civil parish, it is now a suburban town of 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 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, 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.

Transport[edit]

Burntwood along with Chasetown has good bus connections to Cannock, Rugeley and Lichfield operated by Arriva Midlands. There are also regular connections to the West Midlands areas of Walsall and Brownhills operated by National Express West Midlands bus route 10A (Previously route 10 until 2018). A morning peak service to Birmingham also runs for commuters.

Today, 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 was 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]

Education[edit]

Nursery schools[edit]

  • Abacus Early Learners
  • Busy Bees at St Matthews
  • Little People Nursery
  • Sunny Days Nursery
  • Little Owls Nursery

Primary schools[edit]

  • 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 Technology College 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]

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

See also[edit]

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 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.
  8. ^ Author: University of Wolverhampton (9 May 2013). "May 2013 - Student hopes to be The Voice - University of Wolverhampton". Wlv.ac.uk. Retrieved 19 April 2019.