infobox UK place
country = England
map_type= West Midlands
population = ~40,000 (2001 Population Census)
Metropolitan Borough of Walsall
metropolitan_county= West Midlands
region= West Midlands
postcode_district = WS3
West Midlands Ambulance Service
constituency_westminster= Walsall North
static_image_caption= All Saints Church, a landmark at one end of the High Street.
Bloxwich is a
townin the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall, West Midlands, England, with a population of around 40,000 people.
Bloxwich was originally formed hundreds years ago as a settlement in the ancient manor of
Wednesbury. It was mentioned in the Domesday Bookof 1086 under the name 'Blockeswich'.cite book| title=History of the Borough and Foreign of Walsall |author=Edward Lees Glew |year=1856 |publisher=J.R. Robinson |pages=75] While still a village as recently as the early 19th century, most of the local people were employed in the newly founded mining and forging industries. The town grew rapidly in the 18th century around coal miningand various manufacturingindustries. Manufacturing in the area consisted of bridle bits, stirrups, keys, cabinet locks, plane irons, buckle tongues, chains and saddles. Its most famous product of manufacture were awlblades, which it is reputed to have surpassed all other places in the United Kingdom in manufacturing. It is also known for its canals. Famous people from Bloxwich include Pat Collins, who was a Funfair owner during the 19th century. The site of his house and Wakes grounds are now the location of an Asdasupermarket that was built during the 1970s.
Being part of the
County Boroughof Walsall, Bloxwich was heavily developed between the wars for council housing. Most of the council houses of the 1920s and 1930s were constructed around Blakenall Heath, as well as the new housing estates of Hardenand Goscote. In the 20 years which followed the Second World War, the Beechdale and Mossley estates were also erected as council housing developments, while the southern side of Harden was developed along with the Rivers Estate at Blakenall Heath. Many privately owned houses, mostly in the Little Bloxwich area, were also constructed.
Bloxwich is currently involved in numerous redevelopment projects - Bloxwich
policestation, the new market square and job centres are examples. Bloxwich Golf Club to the north of the town on the A34 marks the northern most edge of Bloxwich, Walsall and the West Midlands.
The town centre is still mostly made up of Victorian and Edwardian buildings which maintain Bloxwich's origins of a Staffordshire village. Good examples are Bloxwich Hospital, Bloxwich Hall, All Saints Church and several private houses in Station Street. The church contains the original cemetery which dates back to the early 1700s. When this stopped being available a new cemetery was created in land between the High Street and Field Road, just to the north. The last burial took place in 2000 and a new cemetery was open to the north of Bloxwich on the Turnberry estate, a private estate which was laid out during the 1980s.
postcodefor Bloxwich is WS3, it also covers the suburban centre of Pelsall.
Sunshine Infant School
Blakenall Heath Junior School
Harden Primary School
Leamore Primary School
Hatherton Lane Primary School
Busill Jones Primary School
Mossley Primary School
Little Bloxwich Church of England Primary School
Elmore Green Primary School
St. Peter's Catholic Primary School
Sneyd Comprehensive School
Frank F. Harrison Community School
Forest Comprehensive School
T. P. Riley Comprehensive School
Very regular buses link Bloxwich with
Walsall, whilst others link the area to the surrounding towns of Wolverhampton, Bilston, Willenhall, Brownhills, Wednesfield, Cannockand Hednesford. Other local services serve nearby estates of Coalpool, Harden, Mossley, Lower Farm, Goscote, Leamore, Beechdale, Dudley Fields, Landywood, Essingtonand Pelsall. Three peak only services link Bloxwich with Birmingham.
The main operator of bus services in the area is
National Express West Midlands, but Arriva Midlands, A2Z Travel, Thandi Bus Services & Green Bus Services also operate on routes in the area. Roadwise, the A34, Southampton/ Oxford/ Manchesterroad, goes straight through the town and forms its High Street. Most shops are based on this linear development. The A4124 Wolverhamptonto Brownhillsroad crosses to the north of the town. Bloxwich is four miles from the M6 motorwaybetween junctions 10 and 11.
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