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The District Council Offices
Codsall is located in Staffordshire
Population 7,582 (2011)
OS grid reference SJ870032
  • South Staffordshire
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Wolverhampton
Postcode district WV8
Dialling code 01902
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
  • South Staffordshire
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52°37′36″N 2°11′33″W / 52.62671°N 2.19237°W / 52.62671; -2.19237

Codsall is a large village in the South Staffordshire district of Staffordshire, England. It is situated 4.5 miles northwest of the city of Wolverhampton and 13 miles west-southwest of Telford. It forms part of the boundary of the Staffordshire-West Midlands County border, although along with Perton it is built-up around Wolverhampton. The village has regular daily bus connections to Wolverhampton on National Express West Midlands service 5. Service 10B provides 3 return journeys Mon-Fri to Wolverhampton via Perton.


In 1086, the Domesday Book recorded six people in Codsall. They were probably the heads of households so the population would have been a little larger. Toponymists have the name Codsall coming from the old English 'Cod's Halh' – meaning a nook of land belonging to a man named Cod (Cod being an early English personal name, possibly in shortened form). The Church of St. Nicholas is the oldest building. It has a Norman doorway thought to date from the 11th century. Since medieval times, the area around the church, on the top of the hill, was the hub of the village with a windmill, village pond, forge, bakery and public house. The administration of the village would have been conducted from the church through the decisions of the vestry. Agriculture was the mainstay of the village and even now the strip-field system of cultivation can be seen to the west and north-east of St Nicholas' church.

Church Street, now called Church Road, lies between the road junction and the church. There was a significant change after Codsall railway station, on the Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway, opened in 1849. The station became the commercial hub of the village with a goods yard, coal yard and cattle pens. Development took place along Station Road and beyond with some substantial properties being built to accommodate wealthy businessmen from Wolverhampton and the Black Country.

Gradually the focus of activity changed from the area around the church and the station to the crossroads or 'Square'. Emphasis on the Square was increased after 1900 when Baker's Nurseries expanded on the site of Old Hall Farm in Church Street. The growth of public transport, with a terminus for buses to Wolverhampton in the Square, the coming of electricity and the digging of the deep sewer all in the 1920s, helped to change the function of the village from an agricultural centre into a dormitory for Wolverhampton. This has been reflected in the development of several housing estates, new schools and improved roads.

The First Codsall Beer Festival took place on 3 October 2015 at Codsall village hall, with over 35 real ales and ciders, many fruit wines and live music all day from local artists. Organiser Andy Evans donated all of £3700 made on the day, £2500 to "Harry Will Walk" charity and £1200 to Codsall Community Group a volunteer group that looks after the green spaces in Codsall, Codsall Wood and Oaken. The second Codsall Beer Festival took place on 1 October 2016 at Codsall Village Hall.

Present day

Codsall has expanded considerably since World War II, forming the largest part of three adjoining villages (the others being Bilbrook and Oaken). It is the site of the headquarters of South Staffordshire District Council. It is twinned with the French commune of Saint-Pryvé-Saint-Mesmin.

The village also has a cricket club called Codsall Cricket Club (Codsall CC), the club was established in 1897 and plays at the Village Hall. There is also a 3-par, 18 hole golf course (The Ledene). In the village, Codsall Community High School runs a post-16 Football Academy for their students.

The main shopping area around The Square has a variety of shops including a local wine shop. Another shopping area is around Birches Bridge, where the shops include a branch of The Co-operative Food.

Public houses

Codsall has several pubs, bars and members' clubs. The oldest is The Crown Joules [1] in Codsall Square, renamed from the Crown in 2015 following the purchase of the site by Joules Brewery [2]. The Crown was briefly named 'Butlers Bar & Bistro' in 2008, but reverted to 'The Crown' in 2009. Also in Codsall Square is The Bull [3], another traditional old pub serving ale with an extensive lunchtime food menu. There is also the award winning Codsall Station on the corner of Chapel Lane & Oaken Lanes – literally a working railway station with a Holdens Brewery pub on the platform. Codsall also has two social clubs, the Codsall Legionnaires club [4] (known locally as 'the Legion'), and The Firs [5] (formerly Codsall Conservative Club). Codsall Legionnaires club has a modern 'members bar' area, completely refurbished c2006. Its former function room has been acquired by the 'Pet Stop', a local pet shop, as approved by Codsall Parish Council in May 2011, on condition that the car park remains for public use.


Codsall has a railway station on the Shrewsbury-Wolverhampton Line, and has train services to Shrewsbury, Telford, Wolverhampton and Birmingham. The village also has regular bus links with Wolverhampton, the 5 / 5A service operated by National Express West Midlands providing a full weekly service.


Codsall Community High School opened in 1940 as the only secondary school in the area, starting as a secondary modern school before becoming Codsall Comprehensive School in 1969. By this stage it provided education for pupils aged 11–18, but a reorganisation of education in the area saw a name change and most notably a change in the age range, with the school now serving pupils aged 13–18. and it has three feeder middle schools; Codsall Middle School, Bilbrook Middle School and Perton Middle School, all of which serve the 9-13 age range. This reorganisation came when Perton was first being developed for housing, and the school has continued to serve the Perton community after plans to build a secondary school in Perton never materialised.

There are also three first schools for pupils aged 5–9; Lane Green First School, St. Nicholas' C of E and Birches First School. St Christopher's Roman Catholic Primary School is the only primary school in the area.

Codsall Community High School was judged to be good by Ofsted in November 2013.

Notable residents

George Farwell Vanity Fair 15 November 1900
George Farwell in Vanity Fair, 1900
  • Sir George Farwell (1845 in Codsall – 1915), English judge, noted for presiding over the Taff Vale Railway Co v Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants case
  • Roy Farran (born 1921), WW2 Victoria Cross winner and member of the SAS
  • Peter Broadbent (1933–2013), footballer in Wolverhampton Wanderers' much honoured 1950s team and capped for England seven times
  • Don Homfray (1935 in Codsall – 2012), BAFTA-winning production designer for the BBC
  • Jim Lea (born 1949), English musician; member of Slade from their inception until 1992; went to Codsall Secondary Modern School
  • Jacqui Oatley MBE, English broadcaster and sports presenter; brought up in Codsall
  • Bernard O'Mahoney (born 1960), English author, security detail, and former soldier; lived in Codsall
  • Geoff Palmer (born 1954), footballer, played over 400 games for Wolverhampton Wanderers; then police officer; retired and lives in Codsall
  • William Regal, ring name of Darren Kenneth Matthews (born 1968 in Codsall), English retired professional wrestler; color commentator and trainer
  • Christopher Sadler (born 1970), British animator, director and writer; went to school in Codsall
  • Sir Charles Wheeler KCVO CBE PRA (1892 in Codsall – 1974), British sculptor and President of the Royal Academy, 1956–1966

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