Walsall Wood

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Walsall Wood
Walsall Wood Panorama.jpg
View of Walsall Wood from the South
Walsall Wood is located in West Midlands county
Walsall Wood
Walsall Wood
Location within the West Midlands
Population13,207 (2011 Census.Ward Aldridge North and Walsall Wood)[1]
OS grid referenceSK049033
• London126 mi (203 km) SE
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWALSALL
Postcode districtWS8, WS9
Dialling code01543
PoliceWest Midlands
FireWest Midlands
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
West Midlands
52°37′40″N 1°55′48″W / 52.627660°N 1.9301°W / 52.627660; -1.9301Coordinates: 52°37′40″N 1°55′48″W / 52.627660°N 1.9301°W / 52.627660; -1.9301

Walsall Wood is a settlement located in the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall, West Midlands, UK, between Aldridge and Brownhills.

History[edit]

In the late-18th century and early-19th century, the workers of Walsall Wood were primarily involved in the mining of limestone. In 1864, the population of the settlement expanded as Walsall Wood Colliery was opened,[2] as well as another colliery in nearby Shelfield. The Walsall Wood Colliery purchased the Pelsall Colliery from Pelsall Coal & Iron Co. in 1894.[3] The opening of the Walsall Wood Colliery saw the establishment of the first public services, including a police station and a post office. The mine was closed in 1964 when the supply of accessible coal had been exhausted: In 2010 a memorial pithead designed by Luke Perry was erected to commemorate the village's mining heritage. The pithead is one of a number of additions by artist Luke Perry. The Fisherman located next to the bridge on the high Street. This piece had to be mounted on a three-metre plinth to allow it to be seen from the road. Despite the height of the work inspired locals replaced the fish which originally hung from the rod with a golden wellington boot, they then swapped that for the Olympic rings in July 2012.

St John's Church in Walsall Wood was constructed in 1837 at a cost of £1,200. The church, with its quadrangular tower, is in the Gothic style, whilst the parsonage house is in the Elizabethan style. The church is constructed out of blue brick with stone dressings and has a capacity of 400.[4]

Local Government[edit]

Walsall Wood is part of the Aldridge North and Walsall Wood ward, in the Aldridge-Brownhills constituency, the MP of which is presently Wendy Morton, taking over from Richard Shepherd (Conservative). The area is represented by three Conservative councillors, Karl Brookhouse, Russell Bird and James Powell.

2011 Census Information[edit]

The population in 2011 was 13,207 a 2.5% increase from 2001. 48.9% of the population being Male and 51.1% Female. 42.3 years old is the mean average age of a resident in the area.

Ethnicity Breakdown: White (British) – 93.6% (12,362) White (Other) – 1.5% (195) Mixed – 1.7% (224) Asian – 2.1% (283) Black – 0.8% (105) Other – 0.3% (38)

Unemployment for the area was 4.7%. The borough of Walsall 6.8%.

Education[edit]

Shire Oak School is located in Walsall Wood with 96% of pupils achieving 5 or more A*-C grade GCSE's in 2013. Walsall Wood is also home to Castlefort Junior School, St Johns Junior School and Walsall Wood Junior School.[5]

Sport[edit]

Walsall Wood F.C. is a football club competing in the Midland Football League 1st Division at level 10, they play their home games at their ground located at Oak Park.

Walsall Wood was also home to Formula 1 team Ensign Racing from 1973 to 1980 being based opposite Castlefort Primary School. Their best result being a 4th place in the 1981 Brazilian GP They later relocated to Burntwood until 1982.

Recreation and Entertainment[edit]

Oak Park is a recreation centre located in Lichfield Road in Walsall Wood, which opened in 1974. This centre consists of two swimming pools, an astro-turf football pitch, bowls lawn (mostly flooded), BMX & Skate Park (mostly unused) along with other sporting facilities. The centre moved to Coppice Road in Walsall Wood in 2016. The Lichfield Road centre was demolished in 2017.

Walsall Wood also has a high number of pubs, including The Drunken Duck on Walsall Wood High Street, The Boatman's Rest also on the High Street, The Royal Exchange and Brickmakers Arms.

There is an on-site KFC restaurant located right next to the parking for the Oak Park facility. Across the road from Oak Park is a Fitness First gym, a Co-Operative Supermarket opened in Spring 2013, a chip shop, and an Indian restaurant.

Walsall Wood Library is located in the former Neighbourhood Office building at the junction of Coppice Road and High Street. There have been talks to move this to the Redeveloped Oak Park Leisure Centre. Planning approval has been granted for its redevelopment and work is due to begin early 2015 for re-opening later the same year. (Plans accepted were the plans submitted in 14 July). Further details can be found via the Walsall Council Website or visiting the Leisure Centre itself. The site of the former library building on Lichfield Road has also undergone redevelopment. A purpose built car showroom was completed in Summer 2013.

Transport[edit]

The main high street is served by three bus routes which are:

At Streets Corner the 936 is served by National Express West Midlands between Brownhills and Birmingham.[8] Also the 937 is served here by (National Express West Midlands) between Brownhills ad Birmingham[9]

Walsall Wood railway station was opened in 1884, the station served the residents of Walsall Wood until 1930 when the passenger services were withdrawn although the odd DMU service would see passenger activity at the closed station. The line continued to serve as a goods line until the closure of the line in 1962. The line through the station was considered to be more of a colliery traffic route then a passenger service. The station is occupied by a park and houses now occupy the trackbed. Although some track is still preserved as either a footpath or agriculture.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Walsall Ward population 2011". Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  2. ^ Association of Consulting Engineers (1987). The Consulting Engineers Who's who & Year Book. Princes Press. p. 206.
  3. ^ Newcomen Society (1922). Transactions – Newcomen Society for the Study of the History of Engineering. Newcomen Society. p. 166.
  4. ^ Edward Lees Glew (1856). History of the Borough and Foreign of Walsall. J.R. Robinson. pp. 77–78.
  5. ^ "Schools in Walsall". BBC. 11 January 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2007.
  6. ^ http://nxbus.co.uk/search/west-midlands/?show%5Broutes%5D=1&tab=%23service_timetable_tab&site%5Bsearch%5D=10&site%5Bfind%5D=FIND
  7. ^ http://nxbus.co.uk/search/west-midlands/?show%5Broutes%5D=1&tab=%23service_timetable_tab&site%5Bsearch%5D=10&site%5Bfind%5D=FIND
  8. ^ http://www.diamondbuses.com/services/WestMidlands_5/56-BirminghamtoBrownhills_89.html
  9. ^ http://nxbus.co.uk/routes/west-midlands/B936/?timetable[day]=&tab=#service_timetable_tab

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