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Burntwood
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Burntwood Shopping Centre
Burntwood is located in Staffordshire
Burntwood
Burntwood
Population 26,049 (2020)
OS grid reference SK0509
District
  • Lichfield
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BURNTWOOD
Postcode district WS7
Dialling code 01543
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
  • Lichfield
Website www.burntwood-tc.gov.uk
List of places
UK
England
Staffordshire
52°40′59″N 1°55′12″W / 52.6831°N 1.9200°W / 52.6831; -1.9200
Christchurch Burntwood
Christchurch, Burntwood

Burntwood is a former mining town and civil parish in the Lichfield District in Staffordshire, England, approximately 4 miles (6 km) west of Lichfield and north east of Brownhills. The town had a population of 26,049 and forms part of Lichfield district. The town forms one of the largest urbanised parishes in England. Samuel Johnson opened an academy in nearby Edial in 1736. The town is home to the smallest park (opened by Prince Albert of Wales in 2012) the UK, Prince's Park, which is located next to Christ Church on the junction of Farewell Lane and Church Road. The town expanded in the nineteenth century around the coal mining industry.

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Swan Island, Burntwood

Areas of Burntwood are Boney Hay, Chase Terrace, Chasetown, Gorstey Lea and Burntwood Green. Nearby places are Brownhills, Cannock, Cannock Wood, Norton Canes, Gentleshaw, Pipehill, Muckley Corner, Hammerwich and Lichfield.

In July 2009 a Burntwood man, Terry Herbert, discovered a hoard of Saxon treasure with a metal detector in a field in the adjoining village of Hammerwich. Known as the Staffordshire Hoard, it is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold yet found.

Burntwood Asylum
Burntwood Asylum

Education

Nursery schools

  • Abacus Early Learners
  • Busy Bees at St Matthew's
  • Little People Nursery
  • Sunny Days Nursery
  • Little Owls Nursery
  • Oakbridge Little Learners

Primary schools

  • Boney Hay Primary Academy (previously Boney Hay Community Primary School)
  • Chase Terrace Primary School
  • Chasetown Community School
  • Fulfen Primary School
  • Highfields Primary School
  • Holly Grove Primary School
  • Ridgeway Primary School
  • Springhill Primary School
  • St Joseph and St Theresa Catholic Primary School

Secondary schools

  • Chase Terrace Academy (previously Chase Terrace Technology College, before that Chase Terrace High School)
  • Erasmus Darwin Academy (previously Chasetown Specialist Sports College, before that Chasetown High School)

Both high schools fell victim to arson attacks in 2002. Most of Chase Terrace was destroyed in August 2002. While Chasetown Specialist Sports College lost its gym facility in December 2002. Both buildings have been rebuilt and refurbished.

Special education

  • Maple Hayes Hall School

Transport

Burntwood - along with Chasetown - has bus connections 60, 61 and 62 to Cannock, Rugeley and Lichfield operated by D&G Bus Chaserider. National Express West Midlands operate service 8 to Lichfield also linking Brownhills and Walsall. The 937 service, which runs to Birmingham, is an extension from the usual terminus of Brownhills West and runs only at around 6am and runs back to Burntwood at 6pm weekdays.

Arriva Midlands was the former operator of most bus routes around Burntwood before being taken over by D&G Bus in January 2021, now operating under Chaserider which is a subsidiary of D&G.

There are no railway connections in Burntwood. The nearest railway stations are Lichfield, Hednesford and Cannock, of which Lichfield is the closest.

Burntwood was served by the South Staffordshire Line which had a station in Hammerwich. There were many mineral lines in Burntwood which connected to Chasewater collieries as well as Angelsea Sidings. There is a heritage railway called the Chasewater Railway which is nearby with stops at Chasetown (Church Street) and Chasewater Heaths. In 2015, Lichfield District Council released a transport plan for Burntwood mentioning that if the line reopens to passenger services, there could be a chance of a new station to serve the town.

Ring Road near the town centre, as the name suggests, was intended to form part of the ring road around the town centre, a function superseded by the A5190.

Notable people

  • Dalian Atkinson Ex Aston Villa Footballer
  • Francis Barber, 1742-1801 Samuel Johnson's manservant and assistant, who set up a school here.
  • Kim Betts (born 1971) gymnast and body builder known as Lightning in Gladiators
  • Jon Brookes (1969-2013) former drummer from The Charlatans
  • Gary Cahill professional footballer with Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea and England.
  • Computerchemist (born 1964) multi-instrumentalist musician
  • John Cornwall (c.1366–1414) an English soldier, politician and landowner; in 1417, when sued for £20, gave his residence as Abnalls in Burntwood
  • Jimmy Hill (born 1989) – English radio, television, and Internet personality
  • Sonia Lannaman (born 1956) a British former 100 metres athlete, bronze medallist at the 1980 Summer Olympics
  • Paul Manning MBE (born 1974) a former English professional track and road bicycle racer
  • Kid Rad (born 1990) a British music artist, record producer and entrepreneur
  • William Raynes (1871–1966) a British politician, MP for Derby 1923–4, alderman and Mayor of Derby
  • Chris Slater (born 1984) – English footballer
  • Stephen Sutton MBE (1994–2014) blogger for his blog Stephen's Story and charity activist for the Teenage Cancer Trust
  • Gary J. Tunnicliffe (born 1968) a British special make-up effects designer, writer and director
  • Alan Wiley (born 1960) a former English football referee
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