The Church had large holdings of land. St. Michael's college had not only the deanery manor but also Preston and the Prebendal Manor of Congreve. The other prebends also held lands, but not as lords of the manor. Some manors belonged to Staffordshire monasteries. Burton Abbey held Pillaton, Bickford and Whiston, and also, for a time, Gailey, which later passed to the nuns of Black Ladies Priory at Brewood. Drayton belonged to the Augustinian Priory of St. Thomas, near Stafford.
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Kempson Road play area can be accessed from either Kempson Road or a small alley way from the Bellbrook side of Haling Road. There is a Modular Timber Fitness Trail, Pod Swing, Wide Slide, Bobbin Basket Swing and Goal Posts.
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Stone pulpit, 1890, part of a substantial restoration and refurbishment which began in 1881.
The Civic Society and Penkridge Parish Council have once again entered the Best Kept Village competition.
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Wolverhampton Road play area can be accessed from the small access path that runs between the houses and A449/Wolverhampton Road. It has recently been refurbished with a new rocking horse, roundabout and witches hat, there are also junior and cradle swings.
We have an overflow car park accessed from Pinfold Lane (just after the railway bridge).
Penkridge's church was of central importance to the town from Anglo-Saxon times and the Norman conquest did not change this. It was of a special status.
Exterior view of the western end of the church, showing large Perpendicular window.
The M6 motorway came around Stafford in 1962 and connected with the M1 motorway in 1971, giving the town vastly improved communications. The long-awaited M54 motorway, shadowing the ancient Watling Street, opened in 1983, greatly improving regional links. Penkridge was now very favourably placed on a truly national motorway network. Since the arrival of the M6, the population has more than doubled, as new houses have spread along all the roads, particularly north and south along the A449.
View of the tower, modified in late Perpendicular style in the 16th century.
Heron Drive. The Adventure Play Area is off Heron Drive on the St Modwena Way estate. It is built with all natural materials to be in-keeping with the surrounding open space. The age range is 8 to 13 years.
The main car park is accessed off the A449
A J Menswear at Penkridge Market is the place for you, stocking clothes in ‘Real Mens Sizes’ from size XL – 8XL.
Local radio is covered by Signal 1, mainly on 96.9 FM from the Pye Green BT Tower, visible from most of Penkridge. The town is also covered by Free Radio Shropshire and Black Country from Oldbury, in the West Midlands, and can receive the West Midland regional stations, like Heart and Smooth, very satisfactory.
The wrought iron chancel gates of Dutch origin, dated 1778. The organ, formerly in the tower arch, was moved to present position in 1881.
Penkridge lies on the A449 and is midway between junctions 12 and 13 of the M6 motorway. It is served by National Express long-distance coaches, and also by local buses provided by Arriva. Penkridge is served by Penkridge railway station on the West Coast Main Line, and can also be accessed by the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. Otherton Airfield is in Penkridge, it is the home of Staffordshire Aero club.
At the Haling Dene we can offer a range of rooms to hire for that special occasion. Weddings, Anniversaries or special Birthdays are all catered for. A kitchen and Bar are also available and in the summer months a marquee is ideal for outdoor events...........Hire a Room
The Boat Inn, built at the same time as the Staffs and Worcs Canal in 1779 and is one of the old ‘Gateways’ to the Village, for many years it was the first or last stopping point, as locals and visitors traveled along the Cannock Road.
By Barge The market is just 5 minutes walk from bridge 86 on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal
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On the last Friday in November, for one night, the village centre used to close to traffic to allow a Victorian Night and Christmas Market to take place, in 2010 this event moved to the Market site where it has expanded to include over 70 stalls and a funfair.
East window. Perpendicular in style, it formerly contained much more tracery.
The popular etymology of the town's name derives it from the River Penk, which flows through it. It was assumed that since the town could be said to stand on a ridge by the Penk, it must derive its name from the river. However, this is to reverse the true derivation. The name of the town, or something like it, is attested many centuries before that of the river. The name "Penk" is actually a back-formation from the name of the town.
Penkridge is in the district of South Staffordshire in the county of Staffordshire. It is between Stafford, five miles (8 km) to the north and Wolverhampton, ten miles south, and lies mostly on the east bank of the River Penk.
The early medieval cultivators were mainly unfree, forced to work on the lord's demesne in return for their strips in the open fields. From the 14th century wage labour replaced the feudal labour system. By the 16th century, most landowners were renting or leasing most of their land and paying cash for labour to cultivate what remained. In 1535, for example, the manor of Drayton was worth £9 4s. 8d. annually, and the lion's share, £5 18s. 2d., came from money rents.
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The Parish Council have two allotment sites – one adjacent to the rear of the Haling Dene Centre with its entrance in Francis Green Lane and the other is just off Wolgarston Way [which has its own small car park]. If you require further information please call the Haling Dene Centre on 01785 714157.
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Heavy industry expanded in the 18th century, when a forge at Congreve was turning out 120 tons of iron a year, and in the 1820s the mill below Bull Bridge was used for rolling iron. However, this industry tailed off as the Black Country ironworks outstripped it. Extraction of building materials grew in Victorian times, with the Littletons operating quarries at Wolgarston, Wood Bank, and Quarry Heath, as well as a sand pit at Hungry Hill, Teddesley, and a brickyard in Penkridge.
The local newspapers are the Express and Star, Cannock Chronicle and Staffordshire Newsletter.
The 2nd XI also finished their season with a 6 wicket win over Brewood. All the Penkridge bowlers contributed in bowling out Brewood for 199. Penkridge reached their target in the 35th over thanks to Simon Parnaby (64) Connor Baines-Holden (38) and Vickas Maher (31 not out).
Henry III granted Andrew le Blund a weekly market in 1244. This was challenged by the burgesses of Stafford, who feared competition, but Penkridge kept its Tuesday market for centuries. After 1500 the market declined, expired and was revived several times, also changing days several times. The market place, still so-named but no longer used, was at the opposite end of the town from the church. The modern market is held on the livestock auction site close to Bull Bridge.
The collegiate church was the most important local institution for most of Penkridge's history: economically powerful and architecturally dominant. All the people of the parish had to be buried there, at considerable cost, so it was where the local magnates installed their memorials. Its area of jurisdiction defined Penkridge parish, which was also the main unit of local government until late Victorian times.
The town has several pubs, and there are also numerous sports clubs in Penkridge including cricket, football, rugby union and tennis clubs.
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Horsefair play area has two access points one from Bellbrook and the other from Teddesley Road. There is a wide range of equipment for the ages of between 3 and 12 years of age. The Play Area equipment is for ages 3 to 12.