Clayton, Staffordshire

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Clayton
Clayton is located in Staffordshire
Clayton
Clayton
Clayton shown within Staffordshire
Population 4,026 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference SJ849433
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NEWCASTLE, STAFFS
Postcode district ST5
Dialling code 01782
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
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UK
England
Staffordshire
52°59′12″N 2°13′33″W / 52.9868°N 2.2257°W / 52.9868; -2.2257Coordinates: 52°59′12″N 2°13′33″W / 52.9868°N 2.2257°W / 52.9868; -2.2257

Clayton is a suburb and a ward in the south of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.

Today[edit]

Clayton lies on the boundary between urban and rural Staffordshire, not far from Newcastle's border with the Borough of Stafford. The older part of the village stands on top of a hill, Northwood Lane, and some of these older houses were once gardeners' cottages on the Staffordshire estates of the Duke of Sutherland, who owned the Trentham Estate.

Towards Trent Vale is the Clayton Wood Training Ground and the football academy of Stoke City F.C.

Education[edit]

Clayton has one secondary school, Clayton Hall Academy. It has been developed on the site of the 19th century Clayton Hall and has around 1000 pupils [1] from all over Newcastle-under-Lyme. Until 2005 it was named Clayton High School. Then the school became a specialist school in Business & Enterprise and Modern Languages and was renamed Clayton Hall Business and Language College. The school converted to academy status in 2015 and was renamed again to Clayton Hall Academy.

Religion[edit]

The Catholic Church in Clayton is Our Lady and St Werburgh [2] which has over 500 regular worshippers and the primary school judged by Ofsted as 'outstanding' in every category. The parish runs three youth groups, an over 55s group, a parents and toddlers group, various parish house groups as well as running LinkLine.[3] LinkLine is a charity that rings up housebound elderly people for a regular weekly chat to show that they are loved and offer help in various ways.

There is also, based in the Parish Hall, one of the longest running Before and After School Clubs in the area, Wise Owls Care Club [4] which provides Before and After School Care and a Holiday Scheme for the children who attend the school.

Church of St James the Great in Clayton

Within Clayton is St James Church [5] which has a blue/green roof - originally copper, over the years with weather conditions has become this natural colour. This is an Anglican church where there is a Sunday School for children of any age. The school is held in the church hall at the same time as the main service is taken.

United Reformed Church, Clayton

Another nearby church is the United Reformed Church (URC). Brownies and Guides are normally held in the annex and Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are held in the den along with Explorers. These are held on a week night and there are two scout groups to go to; on Monday the Spitfires and Wednesday the Harriers. They were named after planes and are used to tell the two groups apart as they are both called 79th URC Scouts. In Explorers the Duke of Edinburgh award can be taken.

Other amenities[edit]

There is a hospital and two hotels on Clayton Rd (the A519).

The hospital is the Nuffield Health North Staffordshire Hospital. [6] It was opened in 1978 and is a purpose-built, well-equipped, private healthcare facility with two operating theatres, one minor/endoscopy suite and 40 en suite bedrooms.

Northwood Garden Centre, Clayton

Close to Junction 15 of the M6 is the Holiday Inn [7] The other hotel (next to the Nuffield) used to be called the Ramada Clayton Lodge Hotel, then the Great National, Clayton and since early 2017 it has changed ownership and its name (again) and is called Clayton Lodge (again). Most guests writing about this hotel on Trip Advisor [8] classify it as "terrible". Various local authorities are concerned about its standards too [9]

At the top of Northwood Lane are the Clayton Community Centre [10] which has two rooms for hire, (one for dancing and one for meetings) and the Northwood Garden Centre [11]. The Garden Centre has a café with a good view across to the bet365 Stadium

Transport[edit]

Buses[edit]

Bus services are operated by First Potteries (number 72) as well as D&G Bus (number 9).

Road[edit]

The A519 south to Eccleshall and Newport, Shropshire runs through Clayton between Newcastle-under-Lyme and the M6 motorway at junction 15, where the A500 (located on the southern ouskirts of Clayton) runs to Stoke-on-Trent. To the west, in the nearby ward of the Westlands is the A53, which runs to Market Drayton and Shrewsbury.

Notable people[edit]

Applique Lugano 1930 by Clarice Cliff
  • Clarice Cliff, (1899–1972) English ceramic artist active from 1922 to 1963, lived in Chetwynd House on Northwood Lane from 1940 until her death in 1972.
  • Peter Nigel Gill (born 1947 in Clayton) former English cricketer, right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm off break.

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