Yoxall

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Yoxall
St. Peter, Yoxall - geograph.org.uk - 119026.jpg
St. Peter's Church, Yoxall
Yoxall is located in Staffordshire
Yoxall
Yoxall
Yoxall shown within Staffordshire
Population 1,895 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SK142191
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Burton-on-Trent
Postcode district DE13 8
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
List of places
UK
England
Staffordshire
52°45′58″N 1°47′35″W / 52.766°N 1.793°W / 52.766; -1.793Coordinates: 52°45′58″N 1°47′35″W / 52.766°N 1.793°W / 52.766; -1.793

Yoxall is a large village in Staffordshire, England. It is on the banks of the River Swarbourn on the A515 road north of Lichfield and south west of Burton upon Trent. South of the village, Yoxall Bridge crosses the River Trent.

The name Yoxall probably comes from Anglo-Saxon geoces halh = "yoke's nook" = "secluded piece of land small enough to be ploughed by one team of oxen, or providing feed for a yoke of oxen".

Famous residents[edit]

James Thompson (1829–1891). Recipient of the Victoria Cross during the Indian Mutiny of 1857. Thompson was born in Hadley, a village which is now part of Yoxall.[2]

Former professional cyclist Dan Fleeman is from Yoxall.

Primary school[edit]

Yoxall St Peter's Primary School was built in 1901. In the 1960s the hall, the offices and the junior department were added on to the existing infant department. The school has a licence from the government to keep historical documents,[citation needed] including punishment books, registers and other school documents from the past.

Scouting[edit]

Yoxall has an active Scout group. It was formerly called Yoxall and Kings Bromley Scout group, however after a large number of children from neighbouring villages joined, it was renamed the Foresters Scout Group. There are approximately 120 children in the three sections.

Animal rights protest[edit]

In October 2004, an extremist group of animal rights campaigners stole Gladys Hammond's body from the village's graveyard. A group called the Animal Rights Militia claimed responsibility for the act as an attempt to force the closure of the nearby Darley Oaks Farm, owned and run by family members, where guinea-pigs were bred for medical research. On 23 August 2005 the farm's owners announced that they would be ceasing breeding of animals in the hope that Mrs Hammond's remains would be returned.[3] Following a police investigation, arrests were made and on 10 April 2006 three men pleaded guilty to blackmail. They were subsequently given substantial prison terms.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Civil Population 2011". Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Pvt William James Thompson (1829 - 1891) - Find A Grave Memorial". Findagrave.com. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "UK | England | Staffordshire | Targeted guinea pig farm closes". BBC News. 23 August 2005. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "UK | England | Staffordshire | Men admit farm blackmail charges". BBC News. 10 April 2006. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 

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