Chesterton, Staffordshire

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Holy Trinity Church, Chesterton.jpg
Holy Trinity Church
Chesterton is located in Staffordshire
Location within Staffordshire
Population7,421 (2011 census)
OS grid referenceSJ832494
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNewcastle
Postcode districtST5
Dialling code01782
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°02′33″N 2°15′03″W / 53.0424°N 2.2509°W / 53.0424; -2.2509Coordinates: 53°02′33″N 2°15′03″W / 53.0424°N 2.2509°W / 53.0424; -2.2509

Chesterton is a small, former mining village in Staffordshire, England. It is situated in the town of Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Chesterton is the second largest individual ward in the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. In the 2011 census, Chesterton's population stood at 7,421.


The World War II memorial in Chesterton Park

Chesterton was a parish in the Wolstanton Rural District from 1894 to 1904. Following that, it became part of the Wolstanton United Urban District until 1932, when it was added to the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. The main employer in Chesterton was Holditch Colliery. The colliery employed 1,500 men and mined ironstone in addition to coal. Despite heavy investment in the 1960s and 1970s the colliery closed down in 1988, just three years after the end of the year-long miners' strike. Many of the miners transferred to nearby Silverdale Colliery, which itself closed down on Christmas Eve 1998. The current site of Holditch Colliery is now a large business park.

Mining disaster[edit]

The Holditch Colliery disaster occurred on 2 July 1937, in which 30 men died and eight were injured.[1]


There are four primary schools in the village: Churchfields Primary, Chesterton Primary, Crackley Bank Primary and St. Chad's Primary; and one Secondary school: Chesterton Community Sports College.


Chesterton is home to five churches: Holy Trinity C of E Church,[2] Elim Pentecostal Church, St Johns the Evangelist Church,[3] Chesterton United Reform Church,[4] and St Chad's Church.[5]

Places of interest[edit]

Train at Apedale Valley Light Railway station, Apedale Country Park, near Chesterton

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "HOLDITCH COLLIERY DISASTER. (Hansard, 5 July 1937)". Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  2. ^ Holy Trinity Church, Chesterton website retrieved 17 February 2019
  3. ^ The Catholic Parish of St John the Evangelist in Chesterton website retrieved 17 February 2019
  4. ^ The United Reformed Churches of North Staffordshire, Chesterton URC website retrieved 17 February 2019
  5. ^ St Chad's Church Red Street website retrieved 17 February 2019

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