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Biddulph
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Biddulph High Street
Biddulph is located in Staffordshire
Biddulph
Biddulph
Population 19,892 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SJ8857
District
  • Staffordshire Moorlands
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Stoke-on-Trent
Postcode district ST8
Dialling code 01782
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
  • Staffordshire Moorlands
List of places
UK
England
Staffordshire
53°07′N 2°10′W / 53.12°N 2.17°W / 53.12; -2.17

Biddulph is a town in Staffordshire, England, 8.5 miles (14 km) north of Stoke-on-Trent and 4.5 miles (7 km) south-east of Congleton, Cheshire.

Origin of the name

Biddulph's name may come from Anglo-Saxon/Old English bī dylfe = "beside the pit or quarry". It may also stem from a corruption of the Saxon/Old English Bidulfe, meaning "wolf slayer", and as a result the Biddulph family crest is a wolf rampant.

In the days of coal and iron, Biddulph was actually called Bradley Green, the original site of Biddulph being the area in which the parish church, Grange House, and the ruins of Biddulph Old Hall stand. It was not until 1930 that the town was marked on Ordnance Survey maps as 'Biddulph'.

Geography

The hamlet of Brown Lees is located in the south of Biddulph civil parish.

Recent developments

The supermarket chain Sainsbury's opened a new store in Biddulph in November 2010.

JD Wetherspoons opened The Bradley Green on Biddulph High Street on 3 September 2001.

In addition to the supermarket development, a number of derelict and semi-derelict buildings are currently being refurbished or rebuilt by the local Councils and private owners. These are in line with the intentions set out in the Town Centre Area Action Plan (2007), which aims to reverse the spiral of decline that has threatened the long-term viability of the town centre since the early 1990s.

A new 3000 square metre primary health facility for the North Staffordshire Primary Care Trust is also planned for the town centre as part of the ongoing regeneration and investment programme.

A new cafe for youngsters, 'Biddulph Young People’s Place' opened in March 2011 at Kingsfield First School after a year of planning and fund-raising.

In 2011 Biddulph, which has a population of approx. 20,000, was left without a post office for 4 months when the small supermarket in which it was situated closed down. A temporary Post Office was eventually set up in the town hall car park.

A new Post Office has since been opened in October 2013 at the northern end of Biddulph High Street.

Transport

Biddulph had its railway station opened by the North Staffordshire Railway in 1864. The station was on the Biddulph Valley Line that ran from a junction just north of Congleton on the Stoke-on-Trent – Macclesfield line to a junction south of Stoke-on-Trent station. Passenger traffic was withdrawn from the station on 11 July 1927, but freight traffic continued until 5 October 1964. There was also a canal rail interchange at Congleton Junction. The remains of the small dock on the Macclesfield Canal can still be seen. The station remains in situ and the platforms as a private residence. With the trackbed forming the Biddulph Valley Way.

The nearest active stations are now in Congleton or Kidsgrove, which provide connections to Birmingham, Crewe, Derby, London Euston, Macclesfield, Manchester, Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent.

Biddulph is located on the A527, which links it with Congleton in the North and Stoke-on-Trent in the south.

Buses

D&G Bus provides bus services to Hanley (No.9) and to Leek (No.93) and the No. 94 goes north to Congleton and south to Tunstall and Newcastle-under-Lyme

First Potteries also provides a bus service (No.7A) to Hanley.

Main sights

Biddulph Grange view along Dahlia Walk
Biddulph Grange

Within the bowl created by the ridges of Mow Cop and Biddulph Moor, there are ancient burial mounds; evidence of the English Civil War; the bubonic plague; Black Bull Colliery; tombs of possible Crusader knights; an Iron Age fort; and the site of a meeting of the Methodist movement with the Wesleys.

Biddulph is also home to the Biddulph Grange, a house and landscaped gardens owned by the National Trust.

Twin towns


Education

In common with other parts of the area administered by Staffordshire LEA, the Middle School system operates in Biddulph.

Biddulph has one high school (ages 13 to 16) with a sixth form (ages 16 to 18) called Biddulph High School, it was awarded Sports College status in 2002. It has since gained Technology College status. Biddulph also has two middle schools: Woodhouse Middle School (formerly Biddulph Grammar School), and James Bateman Junior High School (formerly Park Middle School), serving pupils aged 9–13. These are fed by several first schools, such as Kingsfield First School, Knypersley First School, Squirrel Hayes First School, Oxhey First School, and several more.

Notable people

James Bateman
James Bateman
  • James Bateman (1811–1897) landowner and horticulturist, developed Biddulph Grange
  • Robert Bateman (1842–1922) painter, architect and horticultural designer.
  • Jack Simcock (1929 - 2012) painter, studied at Burslem School of Art, known for "a long series of bleak, sombre oils on board" of the Mow Cop area
  • Professor Brian Scarlett (1938–2004) academic noted for his contributions to particle technology
  • Joan Walley (born 1949) Labour Party politician, MP for Stoke-on-Trent North 1987 / 2015.
  • Malcolm Bailey (born 1950) former footballer, 174 appearances for Altrincham F.C.
  • John Farmer (born 1947) former footballer, made 163 appearances for Stoke City F.C.
  • Phil Dowd (born 1963) retired professional football referee
  • Rob Bailey (born 1963) cricket umpire and former player for Northants
  • James Wilson (born 1995) professional footballer, plays for Port Vale and previously played for Manchester United.

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