Stapenhill approaching from the south
Stapenhill shown within Staffordshire
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Stapenhill is an area and civil parish in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire in the UK. It was a small village owned by Nigel of Stafford as far back as 1086, however this ancient parish area has long since been surrounded by new housing developments. Stapenhill was known for its brickyards in the 18th and 19th centuries, with local industry and employment today dominated by the Long Street shed works.
Several major music festivals take place every summer at Catton Hall, on the outskirts of the village.
Stapenhill Gardens is the epitome of Stapenhill. Its main feature is a giant artificial swan with all flowers planted in it. This represents the swans who have historically inhabited the Gardens, and also the wider immutability of life in general. Similarly, the local football team is Stapenhill Swans. Stapenhill Gardens is also the location of the annual "Tulip Festival", an event unrivalled outside The Netherlands
Current and former pubs and bars in the area include The Copper Hearth (now a Tesco supermarket), The New Inn, The Punch Bowl (now a care home), The Barley Mow (new home of the BIS), The Crown, The Grove, The Dart, The Freehold Tavern (now a Chinese restaurant), The Plough, and The Elms.
Stapenhill is well known for its wide variety of shopping opportunities, ranging from major chain-stores to independent craft butchers. The primary retail centres are Main Street; Rosliston Road/Brackenwood Road area; and Short Street/Lincoln Road. A large Westfield shopping mall has been proposed for the site which is currently occupied by Heath Road Recreation Ground, to complement the ongoing Drakelow Park housing development. A decision on whether this will be approved is expected by the end of 2016.
Other local features include St Peter's Church of England church and a large cemetery. The main Secondary Schools in the area are Paulet High School and Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Sports College. Primary schools include Violet Lane Infants and Edge Hill Junior to the east, and to the south Waterside Junior and Short Street Infants merged in 2011 to become Riverview Primary.
The village is east of the Trent, and thus was administered as part of Derbyshire from at least 1086 until the Local Government Act 1888, when it passed into Staffordshire as a result of boundary changes. The boundaries of the original ancient village were Rosliston Road, Cumberland Road, Short Street and Norfolk Road.
- Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.1406
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