Burntwood

Burntwood was known as 'Brendewode’ (area of burnt wood) [Staffordshire Place-Names Including the Black Country]

Burntwood, Edjall and Woodhouses chapelry and township became part of Lichfield Union following the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834.

"Burntwood, Edial and Woodhouses, are three hamlets of straggling houses, forming a joint township and chapelry (of Lichfield), on the eastern side of Cannock Chase, extending from one and a half to three miles W of Lichfield. Burntwood contains 709 acres and 426 souls, Edjall, 360 acres and 98 souls, and Woodhouses, 1389 acres and 225 souls. The Marquis of Anglesey is lord of the manor of Burntwood, and has a paramount jurisdiction in Edjall and Woodhouses, of which SP Wolverstan, Esq, is the mesne lord. On the Chase is an extensive rabbit-warren, with a neat house called Coney Lodge. Maplehayes, the seat of JP Shaw, Esq, and Pipe Hall, an ancient manor house, now occupied by a farmer, are in the hamlet of Woodhouses, as also is Ashenbrook, an ancient farmhouse with some curious relics of stained glass in its windows. Not far from these is Edjall Hall, a good square brick mansion, with a cupola and balustrades, celebrated as the house which that eminent lexicographer, Samuel Johnson, LLD, opened an academy in 1736. It is now a farmhouse." [From History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]

Burntwood, a hamlet and a township-chapelry in St. Michael-Lichfield parish, Stafford. The hamlet lies 2 miles NNW of Hammerwich r. station, and 3½ W of Lichfield; and has a post office under Lichfield. The chapelry includes also the hamlets of Edial and Woodhouses, and was constituted in 1845. Rated property, £8,757. Pop., 1,634. Houses, 330. The property is divided among a few. New coal mines were recently opened. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £300.* Patron, the Vicar of St. Mary's. The church is good. [John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales 1870 - 1872]

Burntwood Asylum / Saint Matthew's Hospital opened on the 20th December 1864 with the admission of 122 inmates transferred temporarily from Chester as Stafford had no room for them. Read more...…

Burntwood Family History Group has transcribed the burial records and census returns for Burntwood Asylum and are available to purchase

Family notices in Burntwood from all newspapers in BMDs Online with readers' tributes and messages

Burntwood Chase Heritage Group preserving the past for the future

See how Burntwood lay in 1861

In 2001 Lichfield District Council installed a garden in the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, planting a tree for each of its historic parishes including Burntwood

Ron Bradbury of Burntwood Chase Heritage Group recalls his school day memories in Burntwood Park, in an article that appeared in The Burntwood Post

The B F H G Millennium Project has researched the names of Burntwood servicemen who fought and lost their lives during the First World War. A mini-biography has been created for each serviceman researched

All the information you want to know about Burntwood, in the Express and Star

Staffordshire County Council gives information on the sources for family historians

All the information you want to know about Burntwood from Burntwood Town Council

All the information you want to know about Burntwood from Burntwood Tourist Information

Statistics for the Burntwood 2001 Census provided by the Office for National Statistics

Burntwood Family History Group has transcribed the parish records for Christchurch and are available to purchase

The Church of England website for Christ Church

Staffordshire Record Office holds the Bishops Transcripts for Christ Church (1820 – 1963)

Barry Ebdon, a Reader at Christ Church has written a pamphlet which gives a little history of the church

Staffordshire Record Office holds the Parish Registers for Christ Church, Baptisms (1820 – 1941),Marriages (1845 – 1968) and Burials (1828 – 1963)

Entries for Burntwood in the Harrod Staffordshire Directory 1870


Burntwood Family History Group has transcribed the parish records for the Methodist Chapel and are available to purchase

The Old Mining College Centre is a community resource in Queen Street. It provides accommodation and meeting rooms and is a host to a variety of training courses. It is also home to B F H G

Are you related to the Baron Louth family? Why was Otway Randal Percy Oliver Plunkett - 15th Baron Louth, buried in Christ Church Cemetery

Who worked in Burntwood in 1876? Look at the Burntwood Entry in the Post Office Directory 1876

In Christ Church cemetery is a memorial to Waterloo veteran James ROBINSON

Burntwood Asylum / Saint Matthew's Hospital opened on the 20th December 1864 with the admission of 122 inmates transferred temporarily from Chester as Stafford had no room for them. Read more...... 

Burntwood Family History Group has transcribed the burial records and census returns for Burntwood Asylum and are available to purchase

The National Archives at Kew holds millions or records including those of Saint Matthew's Hospital

War Memorials at Christ Church

War Memorials outside and inside the Burntwood Institute

War Memorials in Saint Matthew's Hospital Grounds

Are any of your ancestors a member of the Woolridge family from Burntwood? If so, you may find them here