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Coordinates: 52°37′36″N 2°11′33″W / 52.62671°N 2.19237°W / 52.62671; -2.19237

Codsall
Codsall is located in Staffordshire
Codsall

 Codsall shown within Staffordshire
OS grid reference SJ870032
District South Staffordshire
Shire county Staffordshire
Region West Midlands
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
List of places: UK • England • Staffordshire

Codsall is a large village in the South Staffordshire district of Staffordshire, England. It is situated north west of the city of Wolverhampton.

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History

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. 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 the 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.

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 villages of St Pryvé and St Mesmin. The village also has a cricket club called Codsall Cricket Club (Codsall CC). There is also a 3-par, 18 hole golf course (The Ledene) and SAS paintball site. 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 Somerfield supermarket.

The population of Codsall is 15,237. The average age of residents is 41. Codsall has a high percentage of married people at 25.7%. The density of Codsall is 10.1 people per square kilometre.

Education

Codsall Community High School is the only secondary school in the area and it has three feeder middle schools; Codsall, Bilbrook and Perton. There are also three first schools; Lane Green, St. Nicholas' C of E and Birches. St Christopher's Primary School is the only primary school in the area.

Famous people

Famous people to have come from Codsall include, WWE Wrestler, William Regal, the Ryder Cup golfer Peter Baker, TV football presenter Jacqui Oatley and various notable former students of Codsall High School.

In terms of military figures, Major Roy Farran of the SAS for a time lived in Codsall. His brother, Rex Farran, was murdered by an Israeli bomb at the family home in Codsall and lies in St. Nicholas churchyard.

Transport

Codsall has a railway station on the Shrewsbury-Wolverhampton Line, and has train services to Shrewsbury, Telford, Wolverhampton and Birmingham.

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