Featherstone, Staffordshire

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Featherstone
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Red White and Blue Public House
Featherstone is located in Staffordshire
Featherstone
Featherstone
 Featherstone shown within Staffordshire
Population 4,725 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SJ937050
District South Staffordshire
Shire county Staffordshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Wolverhampton
Postcode district WV10
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
List of places
UK
England
Staffordshire

Coordinates: 52°38′36″N 2°05′37″W / 52.64347°N 2.09349°W / 52.64347; -2.09349

Featherstone is a small village in the district of South Staffordshire, England, near to the border with Wolverhampton.

History[edit]

Originally a farming community consisting of a few scattered farms. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and was owned by the Clergy of Wolverhampton Church. It is possible that the population numbers were fairly static until the opening of a new mine, Hilton Main, in the 1920s, it closed in 1969.

The Duke of Cleveland was lord of the manor of this small township of 550 acres and just 34 souls in 1851. This was once the residence of John Huntbach, the noted antiquary. The principal inhabitants were Joshua Price and Edward Tunycliffe, farmers, John Perry the lock manufacturer and Thomas Hill a vermin killer.[2]

The village's population at the time of the 1851 census was 35. By 1921 this had risen to 39. By the time of the 2001 census it was 3,948[3]

Today[edit]

The village has one primary school, Featherstone Academy, and a pub, the Red, White and Blue.

Recently controversy was sparked over the proposed building of 1,500 houses on green belt land, although many people believed the extra facilities proposed would make the village a better place to live. After much public opposition this plan was rejected in early 2009.

Featherstone also has a Methodist church and some small shops. There are three off licences (Featherstone Supermarket, Featherstone Wine Lodge, and Costcutter) a hairdresser and a chemist. In 2008 there was some concern over the future of the post office, but it was not one of those closed.

On the outskirts of the village are three prisons; HMP Featherstone, HMP Oakwood and HMP Brinsford, which is also a Youth Offender Institution (YOI).

Nearby is the site of the former Brinsford Lodge Teachers Training College and Polytechnic Hall of Residence. The site of the old college, which stood near Oakwood Prison, is rich in history. There are traces of several old World War II shelters and tiles from the kitchens.

Schools[edit]

Featherstone Academy, The Avenue (formerly Whitgreave Primary School)

Churches[edit]

Featherstone is part of the ecclesiastical Parish of Shareshill, where the Parish Church of St Mary & St Luke is situated.

There is a Methodist Chapel sited at the junction of The Avenue and the A460.

Shops and Pubs[edit]

The Red, White and Blue public house was built in the 1920s to replace a much older building nearby.

Transport links[edit]

Through the village there is a bus service, with only one bus going through at all times (except Sunday). These are:

  • Bus #70 - Cannock Via Cheslyn Hay
  • Bus #70 - Wolverhampton

Every 30 Minutes weekdays and Saturdays

Sunday Buses:

  • Bus #33 - Cannock Via Cheslyn Hay
  • Bus #33 - Wolverhampton

Every 2½ Hours (Sunday Only)

Political representation[edit]

Featherstone has a Parish Council with two wards.

  • Brinsford Ward, two councillors.
  • Featherstone Ward, nine councillors.

Featherstone is represented in the House of Commons by Member of Parliament Gavin Williamson, Conservative member for South Staffordshire.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  2. ^ William White, History, Gazeteer and Directory of Staffordshire, 1851, p.154
  3. ^ "KS01 Usual resident population: Census 2001, Key Statistics for urban areas". Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on August 20, 2011. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 

External links[edit]

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