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The name may derive from hamor (Old English: a hammer) and wīc (Old English: a place of industry, specialist agriculture or trading), indicating a smithy or metal-working site.[3]

Charcoal burning, nail making, agriculture and coal mining have all been prevalent in the village over the years.


Amenities in the village at present include a post office,this has now closed down, a community centre, a Women's Institute hall and St John the Baptist Church. There are also numerous green lanes, footpaths and streams in the surrounding countryside.

Anglo-Saxon archaeologyEdit

In July 2009, the Staffordshire Hoard, a collection of over 3,500 items of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork, was found in a field 0.7 miles (1.1 km) south west of the village [4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Names and codes for Administrative Geography". Office for National Statistics. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2009.
  3. ^ Parsons, David. "The name 'Hammerwich'". Portable Antiquities Scheme. British Museum. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Minutes of the 13 October 2009 Meeting of Lichfield District Council" (PDF). Lichfield District Council. Retrieved 8 January 2010.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Hammerwich at Wikimedia Commons