Oakamoor

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Oakamoor
Oakamoor Village Centre - geograph.org.uk - 458933.jpg
Village centre
Oakamoor is located in Staffordshire
Oakamoor
Oakamoor
Location within Staffordshire
Population593 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSK056447
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townStoke-on-Trent
Postcode districtST10
Dialling code01538
PoliceStaffordshire
FireStaffordshire
AmbulanceWest 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.

Lightoaks Hall on Cheadle Road dates from the 1820s and was built for the Bolton family. Holy Trinity parish church, on Church Bank, was erected in 1832, at a cost of £1600, raised by subscription and a grant from the Church Building Society.

The Churnet Valley line passed through Oakamoor. Oakamoor railway station was closed down in 1967. The railway track leading to Alton Towers 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 The Old Furnace.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Oakamoor". Staffordshire County Council web pages. Staffordshire County Council. 29 October 2007. Archived from the original on 3 September 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2008.
  3. ^ Time Team fan site Archived 8 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 2008-06-09