Place:Burntwood, Staffordshire, England


Coordinates52.683°N 1.933°W
Located inStaffordshire, England
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Burntwood is a town in Staffordshire, England, lying in the Cannock Chase area approximately west of Lichfield. The town had a population of 26,049 at the time of the 2011 census 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 in 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.

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

In September 2009 it was announced that a Burntwood man, Terry Herbert, had 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 has 7 primary schools, Fulfen Primary School, Holly Grove Primary School, Boney Hay Primary School, Chasetown Primary School, Springhill Primary school, Chase Terrace primary School and Ridgeway Primary School. And 2 high schools which are Erasmus Darwin Academy (previously Chasetown Specialist Sports College) and Chase Terrace Technology College. Both schools have fell victim to arson attacks in 2002 and 2004. Chasetown High School lost its sports gym facility and most of Chase Terrace High School was destroyed. Both have been rebuilt.

Current and former residents of Burntwood include Kim Betts, also known as Lightning from Gladiators, who went to the local school, Gary Stringer, lead singer of the band Reef, Damon Minchella, a musician of Ocean Colour Scene and Paul Weller fame, and Dalian Atkinson ex-footballer.

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