infobox UK place
country = England
population = 7,000
region = West Midlands
postcode_district = ST19
Penkridge is a
market townin Staffordshire, Englandwith a population of 7,836 (Census 2001). However Penkridge's status as a town is relatively new. Many locals will still refer to it as a village.
Penkridge is situated in the district of
South Staffordshirein the countyof Staffordshire. It is located between Wolverhamptonapproximately ten miles to the south and Staffordfive miles to the north, and lies on the River Penkfrom which its name is derived.
Penkridge's local market still runs and is open on Wednesday and Saturday. The large
Grade I listedchurch on the western edge of Penkridge is called St. Michael's; people passing by road or train will see it, and its magnificent tower illuminated at night. A smaller Methodist church is located on the main A449 route through the town.
The town has a large number of pubs, each serving good food and
ale. There are also numerous sports clubs in Penkridge with a well respected cricket, football, rugby unionand tennisclub.
Every November for one night the town centre is turned into a Victorian
Christmas Market. Penkridge has its own historical stocksand cells still to be seen in the town centre.
Penkridge lies on the A449 and is mid-way between junctions 12 and 13 of the
M6 motorway. It is served by National Expresslong-distance coaches, and also by local buses provided by Arriva. It has a railway station on the West Coast Main Line, and can also be accessed by the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal.
Penkridge has three
First Schools (Marshbrook, St Michael's and Princefield), one middle school(Penkridge Middle School) and one high school(Wolgarston, recently granted Specialist Technology College status). The High School has its own swimming pool and the council-run leisure centre is on the same site. Villages and hamlets on the outskirts of Penkridge also use the Middle and High schools.
England's former capital?
A local legend claims that King Edgar made Penkridge his capital for three years whilst he was reconquering the
Danelaw. However most historical sources see the reign of Edgar as an uneventful one and there is no record of any internal strife between English and Danes during his reign, making this claim disputable. ["Was Penkridge the capital of England?" at http://www.penkridge.org.uk/anglosaxtimes.htm]
It should also be noted that Queen Elizabeth the First frequently visited Penkridge, enjoying walks along the river and, according to rumour, lodging at the White Hart Inn.
Penkridge weather station(for climate data)
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