Burntwood

Burntwood is an attractive small town in south Staffordshire that is well-served by transport links and affords residents picturesque nearby countryside. The town is equidistant between Lichfield and Cannock and lies on the A5190 Lichfield to Cannock road. To the immediate north of Burntwood is an expanse of green countryside before the villages of Longdon, Upper Longdon and the town of Rugeley. The county town of Stafford lies to the north-west on the far side of Cannock Chase to Burntwood, and to the south-east is the village of Hammerwich. There are railway stations nearby at Cannock and in Lichfield – for commuters or shoppers heading into Birmingham city centre the trains from Cannock, Lichfield City or Trent Valley to Birmingham New Street take around 40 minutes. For motorists the M6 Toll runs just a few miles to the south of Burntwood. The A5 connects the town to the M6 from which the M42 is swiftly accessible to provide links to the east of Birmingham, Solihull, the NEC, and Birmingham International Airport, and the M40 to London. The M6 running westwards takes motorists towards Stafford or the Black Country towns of West Bromwich and Walsall and into Birmingham city centre. For much of its history Burntwood was no more than a small village. The growth of the town came in the second half of the 19th century and the development of the Chase Terrace and Chasetown areas that now comprise the southern and eastern parts of Burntwood as coal mining was carried out beneath the town. Much of the coal from the Chasetown pit was sent to Birmingham and the Black Country to power the Industrial Revolution. Mining declined in the area in the 20th century and many of the residents of Burntwood today commute to Birmingham, Lichfield and Cannock. The history of the area is much older than the 19th century though. In 2009 a Burntwood resident discovered what has become known as the Staffordshire Hoard in a field to the south-east of the town. The Hoard contained gold, weapons, and jewellery connected to the Anglo-Saxon kings of Mercia and is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever discovered. Today the town is well-stocked with schools and amenities. There is a Morrisons supermarket, several primary schools, and secondary schools including Chase Terrace Technology College and the Erasmus Darwin Academy. There are two parks – Redwood and Burntwood – and Chasewater Country Park lies on the edge of the town and features reservoir for sailing, angling, water skiing, and a heritage railway line. Nearby is the home of Hammerwich Cricket Club and Burntwood Rugby Club, whilst Chasetown Football Club are renowned nationally for their success in the FA Cup.
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