Place:Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England


Alt namesBurton on Trentsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Burton upon Trentsource: Encyclopædia Britannica (1988) II, 669; Rand McNally Atlas (1994) I-27
Burton-on-Trentsource: Wikipedia
Coordinates52.8°N 1.6°W
Located inStaffordshire, England     (500 - )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Burton upon Trent, also known as Burton-on-Trent or simply Burton, is a town straddling the River Trent in the east of Staffordshire, England. The demonym for residents of the town is "Burtonian". Burton, which had an estimated population of 43,784 (2001 Census), lies within the National Forest.

Burton is best known for its brewing heritage, having been home to over a dozen breweries in its heyday. Beer is still brewed in the town.[1] The town originally grew up around Burton on Trent Abbey, which was the most important religious centre in medieval Staffordshire. Burton Bridge also became an important crossing point of the Trent and was the site of two battles, first in 1322 when Edward II defeated the rebel Earl of Lancaster and also in 1643 when the royalists captured the town during the First English Civil War. Sir William Paget and his descendants were responsible for extending the manor house within the abbey grounds and facilitating the extension of the River Trent Navigation to Burton. Burton had grown into a busy market town by the early modern period.

There is some confusion as to whether Burton is in the West Midlands or the East Midlands, even though the entire urban centre is south-west of the River Dove, which forms the Derbyshire/Staffordshire boundary. Several factors contribute to the ambiguity of the town's status. The local vernacular shares more similarities with East Midlands English than West Midlands English; the town was formerly within the East Midlands Utility (electricity/gas) areas, and has Derby postcodes (DE13-DE15). However, it is served by the BBC Midlands (West Midlands) region, based in Birmingham and before consolidation exercises formed part of the ITV Central (West) region, again based in Birmingham.

The town is served by Burton-on-Trent railway station.

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