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A513, Handsacre - geograph.org.uk - 804685.jpg
The A513 and the Crown Public house at Handsacre
Handsacre is located in Staffordshire
Handsacre shown within Staffordshire
OS grid reference SK0916
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RUGELEY
Postcode district WS15
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
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52°44′30″N 1°52′05″W / 52.74155°N 1.86813°W / 52.74155; -1.86813Coordinates: 52°44′30″N 1°52′05″W / 52.74155°N 1.86813°W / 52.74155; -1.86813

Handsacre is a village in the English county of Staffordshire, England.[1][2] Population details taken at the 2011 census can be found under Armitage with Handsacre


The village lies west of the larger village of Armitage. The village is 5.5 miles (8.9 km) north of the city of Lichfield and is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) south west of Rugeley. The nearest railway station is at Rugeley which is 3.9 miles (6.3 km) north west of the village. The village sits astride of the A513 road which runs from Tamworth to Stafford.[3]

Village Services[edit]

Handsacre has two shops, one of which is a convenience store and the other a newsagent. There is also a Chinese food take-away and a fish and chip shop. There are two pubs in within the village. The public housese are called The Old Peculiar[4] and The Crown.[5] The Crown is adjacent to the canal and has a beer garden. The Old Peculiar is on the corner of Hall Road. The Poplar's Pub on Tuppenhurst Lane closed in 2008 and was demolished in June 2010. As of June 2011, twenty houses have been built and are currently occupied.


The village school is called Hayes Meadow Primary School.[6] The school cater for children from the age of 3 plus, who attend the purpose built nursery unit, to the age of 11. The Head teacher is B J Luck (retrieved 11 April 2013)[6] The school is also home to its PTA organisation, The Friends of Hayes Meadow (Charity number 1087977). The charity organises events such as Summer Fayres, BBQ's, Craft Fairs and the most successful fundraiser, the Santa Float. Events like these allow the charity to provide students with extra things such as climbing frames, play equipment, selection boxes etc.


There is a children's play park at the end of Harvey Road on St Barbara's Road in the north easterly part of the village. The playpark was re-furbished in 2009.

Trent and Mersey Canal[edit]

The Trent and Mersey Canal skirts around the northern edge of the village. This canal was designed and built by James Brindley who died in 1777, before the canal was completed. The A513 road crosses the canal with the Crown public house next to the bridge designated bridge 56 here. This bridge is a little way west of two further bridges which cross the canal which are Grade II listed structures. these bridges are designated bridges 59[7] and 60.[8]


Handsacre has a population[9] of 5,355 people living in the ward of Armitage with Handsacre.



  1. ^ OS Explorer Map 244: Cannock Chase & Chasewater: (1:25 000) :ISBN 0 319 46269 2
  2. ^ Map Details retrieved 11 April 2013
  3. ^ - Staffordshire A-Z County Atlas: 2011 Edition: Scale:3.8 inches to 1 mile (5.9cm to 1km)ISBN 978 1 84348 748 7
  4. ^ The Old Peculiar website retrieved 11 April 2013
  5. ^ Crown Inn website retrieved 11 April 2013
  6. ^ a b school website retrieved 11 April 2013
  7. ^ Listed Structure status-Bridge 59 retrieved 11 April 2013
  8. ^ Listed Structure status-Bridge 60 retrieved 11 April 2013
  9. ^ Key Population statistics retrieved 11 April 2013