Shelfield

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Shelfield is a small village to the north of Walsall in the West Midlands conurbation.

The name Shelfield derives from the Anglo Saxon Skelfeld for sloping ground or field.[1][full citation needed]

Railway[edit]

Although not having its own station nor halt, Shelfield had a small branch line from Pelsall railway station to the colliery fields at Walsall Wood pass through it and the line was a single track in a cutting that ran under a bridge between Four Crosses and Lichfield Road. The small branch line served Leighswood Colliery and crossed the Daw End Branch Canal. The goods traffic to Leighswood Colliery ended in the 1930s but the branch line continued to serve Atlas Brickworks until the closure of the works in 1964.

The branch line has since been built on however the cutting between Four Crosses and Lichfield Road can still be seen from the Co-op and Esso garage and is still there on the one side of the bridge with the other side being occupied by houses and commercial buildings. The section from Pelsall to Shelfield now forms part of the Timberland Trail/Mercian Trail.

Education[edit]

Greenfield Primary is in Shelfield, with 292 pupils in January 2007.[2] High Heath in Shelfield is home to the Shelfield Community Academy, which went through a 6 million pound refurbishment in 2002. Formerly called Shelfield Sports and Community College, it changed its title to Shelfield Community Academy in January 2009, and was turned into an Academy funded by the Ormiston Academies Trust.[3] Shelfield is also home to St Francis, Catholic Primary School which is located adjacent to the Catholic Church.

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Coordinates: 52°37′05″N 1°57′01″W / 52.6180°N 1.9503°W / 52.6180; -1.9503