Oakamoor

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Oakamoor
Oakamoor Village Centre - geograph.org.uk - 458933.jpg
Village centre
Oakamoor is located in Staffordshire
Oakamoor
Oakamoor
Oakamoor shown within Staffordshire
Population 593 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid reference SK056447
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Stoke-on-Trent
Postcode district ST10
Dialling code 01538
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Staffordshire
53°00′00″N 1°55′00″W / 53.000°N 1.91667°W / 53.000; -1.91667Coordinates: 53°00′00″N 1°55′00″W / 53.000°N 1.91667°W / 53.000; -1.91667

Oakamoor is a small village in north Staffordshire, England.

Although it is now a rural area, it has an industrial past which drew on the natural resources of the Churnet valley. Iron was smelted from medieval times. Copper and lumber were also important to the local economy. In the nineteenth century Thomas Bolton's copperworks near the River Churnet supplied copper wire for the first transatlantic telegraph cable.[2] The buildings of the Thomas Bolton factory were demolished in 1966.

The Churnet Valley Railway passed through Oakamoor. Oakamoor railway station was closed down in 1967. The railway track leading to Alton railway station has been converted to a footpath.

Media Interest[edit]

In 2004 Oakamoor was the subject of a television programme in the Channel 4 Time Team archaeology series, which investigated the remains of a blast furnace.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Oakamoor". Staffordshire County Council web pages. Staffordshire County Council. 29 October 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  3. ^ Time Team fan site Retrieved on 2008-06-09