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Pelsall is a large village and civil parish, situated in the West Midlands, England. It previously was in Staffordshire but was along with Aldridge-Brownhills combined into the West Midlands County.

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Junction of Mouse Hill and Foundry Lane, Pelsall
Pelsall is located in West Midlands county
Location within the West Midlands
Population12,000 (2011 Ward)[1]
OS grid referenceSK020037
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWALSALL
Postcode districtWS3
Dialling code01922
PoliceWest Midlands
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52°37′52″N 1°58′19″W / 52.631°N 1.972°W / 52.631; -1.972Coordinates: 52°37′52″N 1°58′19″W / 52.631°N 1.972°W / 52.631; -1.972
Memorial to the Pelsall Hall Colliery mining disaster

Pelsall is quite central with the towns of Bloxwich and Brownhills being only two miles apart from the village and it is also on the border of Cannock Chase near Norton Canes. The village is also 7 miles from the nearby city of Lichfield and a similar distance to Wolverhampton. Walsall is around 3 miles away.



Pelsall was first mentioned in a charter of 994, when it was among various lands given to the monastery at Heantune (Wolverhampton) by Wulfrun, a Mercian noblewoman. At this time it was called Peolshalh, meaning 'a nook' or 'land between two streams belonging to Peol'. The Domesday entry of 1086 describes Pelsall as being waste, still belonging to the church.

A chapel of ease was built in about 1311. The medieval population was small and a return of 1563 lists only 14 householders. The original centre of the village was the area now known as Old Town. In 1760 the remaining open fields were enclosed, but some holdings survived into the next century in Hall Field, High Ley, The Riddings Field and Final Field. The tithe map of about 1840 records some evidence of the medieval strip farming system.

In the second quarter of the 19th century, clusters of houses were built on the fringes of the extensive commonland and at the Newlands. The greatest concentration was in what is now the village centre. This area gradually developed; a Methodist Chapel and school were opened in about 1836, in the modern day Station Road and a new St Michael's Church was built in 1844 – the old one in Paradise Lane had been considered too small for the growing population. Towards the end of the 19th century, shops became established in Norton Road and High Street. The population in 1801 was 477 and by 1901 had grown to 3,626.

Pelsall had become a mining village; in places deposits of coal were found only a few yards from the surface and by about 1800 the shallow and deep seams were 'much worked'. The cutting of the canal in about 1794 opened up the area for industrialisation, with entrepreneurs and landowners quickly exploiting the mineral wealth. Nailmaking, traditionally a cottage industry, was also carried out locally; in the census of 1841 thirty men stated this as their occupation.

On 14 November 1872, 22 miners died when the Pelsall Hall Colliery was flooded.[2][3] 21 of the 22 miners were buried underneath a polished granite obelisk in the churchyard of St Michael and All Angels Church.[4]

An ironworks[5] was established on the North Common which grew into a sizeable concern under the ownership of Messrs. Davis and Bloomer. This, together with Yorks Foundry and that of Ernest Wilkes and Co. at Mouse Hill, gave Pelsall a share of the heavy iron trade during the 19th century. Ernest Wilkes and Co. survived until 1977, but the others ceased trading in the 1890s and the pits became unworkable, mainly due to continual flooding problems.

Several working farms survived in the village until after the Second World War. Since then much land has been used for housing development but the ancient common remains.


Pelsall previously had a railway station and line that ran along the fringes of what is modern day Pelsall, though these have now closed. Only the main road bridges survive as evidence. The line and station have been mooted for reopening since the early 2000s but due to low demand. These have kept the line and station from being reopened although a study carried out in 2009 by the Department for Transport have suggested a new station at Pelsall and Brownhills. In 2000 the track bed from Walsall to Pelsall was made into part of the SUSTRANS National Cycle Route 5 and in 2018 it became the 'McClean Way' named after John Robinson McClean who built the line. In the Movement for Growth strategy which has been conducted by the West Midlands Combined Authority. The line from Walsall to Lichfield has been identified as a disused rail corridor and this means that it is a long term ambition to reopen the line through Pelsall in the near future.[6]


Pelsall is part of the Aldridge-Brownhills Parliamentary constituency. At the 2010 general election, the seat was held by Richard Shepherd (Conservative) with a majority of 15,266 over Labour's Ashiq Hussain. The seat has been held by the Conservative Party since 3 May 1979.[7]

Pelsall Ward has 3 council seats. The 3 current councillors, all Conservative, are Garry Perry former Mayor of Walsall re-elected in 2012; Marco Longhi elected in 2011; and Oliver Bennett elected in 2010.

Ethnicity and religionEdit

Pelsall has three churches in its village. There is a small population of Asians who live around the Heath End area and Pelsall Wood area. The 2011 census found that 74% identified as Christians making one of the biggest parts of Walsall with Christianity being the highest religion. 18.4% identified as no-religion. There is a also a Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Buddist community in Pelsall with the nearby temples and mosques in Walsall and Lichfield as well as Sutton Coldfield and Wolverhampton. There is also a mosque on Coalpool Lane near Rushall and being only a mile away from Pelsall.

Places of worshipEdit

St Michael's church

The parish church of Pelsall is St Michael and All Angels Church. Other places of worship are Pelsall Evangelical Church and Pelsall Methodist Church.


The Fingerpost

A notable landmark in Pelsall is The Fingerpost, at the junction of B4154 Norton Road and A4124 Lichfield Road, which is an unusual and possibly unique design and was substantially restored in the 1980s by Bert Kellitt for the local Civic Society. Pelsall Social Club is also situated at the junction of these roads. Its local nickname, The Scratter, is derived from the name of the original establishment The Scratching Pen, possibly a nod to the former Moat Farm nearby.

Since the late 1990s, Pelsall has also had a Millennium Stone, marking the 994–1994 millennium of the village.

Pelsall is quite 'green' with a large turf central common around which previously had several public houses : Only The Railway and The Queens (formerly The Block & Chopper) survive today, with The Old House at Home further up, towards the Fingerpost. Previous Public houses surrounding the Common include, The Bush, and The Red Cow, both of which are now closed. In July each year, the Common is the site on which Pelsall Carnival is centred. The carnival features decorated floats and bric-a-brac stalls. It has run continuously since 1972.[8]

The main shopping area serving the village is bordered by Norton Road and High Street and includes a good range of shops, including a butcher, plus a variety of food outlets for eat in or take away. On the northern edge of the village centre there is The Old House at Home public house, while The Fingerpost pub (formerly The Royal Oak) is situated just north of the Fingerpost road junction at Yorks Bridge, near to Pelsall Junction on the Wyrley and Essington Canal, and Nest Common and North Common, on the border with South Staffordshire.

In 1997 the Donna Cooper Memorial Garden was created in the village in memory of thirteen-year-old Donna Cooper, who died after being knocked over by a stolen car outside her home in Pelsall Lane, Rushall on 6 January 1993. The driver and his accomplice were both on bail at the time, after being arrested in connection with a hit-and-run incident in which two men had been injured weeks before Cooper's death.[9] The garden was commissioned by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council, who also maintain it. It was designed by Anuradha Patel.[citation needed] The entrance consists of an arched gateway that contains an owl motif, taken from a design drawn by Cooper shortly before her death. The garden is 200 metres (656 ft) long and 25 metres (82 ft) wide.[4]

Pelsall has lost several pubs in recent years, including The Free Trade in Wood Lane, which, though the building remains, has been closed for several years, and The Swan on Wolverhampton Road, which in 2007 was converted to The Cinnamon, an Indian restaurant, now called The Sultans Cottage. The red cow public house and its car park have converted into flats, the old bush stands derelict after several arson attacks.


Pelsall once had a comprehensive bus network which included bus 89, which connected it to Wolverhampton, Bloxwich, Wednesfield and New Cross Hospital. This allowed passengers to interchange at both Bloxwich station on the Chase Line and at Wolverhampton station for further travel to Shropshire, Staffordshire and Manchester. The bus was axed in 28 April 2019 bus timetable change by National Express West Midlands. It was cut back to Bloxwich instead of Walsall and to Wolverhampton. This means passengers have to change at Bloxwich for further travel although bus service is half hourly.

There is a rapid connection to the nearby towns of Brownhills, Cannock and Walsall but the nearest rail connection as Brownhills also lost its station in 1965 are Walsall, Landywood, Cannock, Penkridge and Shenstone as well as Lichfield. There is also a six journey off peak service to Kingstanding via Aldridge and Pheasy. Also a direct Brownhills to Bloxwich service but this only runs from 8am-4pm on Monday till Saturday.


Pelsall is currently home to three primary schools: St Michael's C of E Primary,[10] Pelsall Village School[11] and Ryders Hayes School[12][13] (now an Academy), and First Friends Day Nursery located at Pelsall Education Development Centre.[14]

Pelsall was previously served by Pelsall Comprehensive School, although technically over the border in neighbouring Rushall. It opened in the autumn of 1963 as an 11–15 secondary modern school before adopting 13–18 comprehensive status in September 1972. The transfer age was reduced to 11 in September 1986 under Walsall's reorganisation of education in the former Aldridge-Brownhills area but falling pupil numbers led to its closure in July 1994.[15]

The old Pelsall Comprehensive buildings are now home to Rushall JMI School, Education Walsall offices and a teacher training centre.


Pelsall's main football team is Pelsall Villa who played in the Midland Football League until 2018. They formed in 1961. Pelsall Villa's ground in Walsall Road neighbours Pelsall Cricket Club and the Old Bush pub.

Blind Date weddingEdit

The first ever Blind Date wedding (a popular TV show hosted by Cilla Black) took place at St Michael's Church in 1991 when Sue Middleton of Pelsall married Alex Tatham. They had met on the show three years previously. The event received national media coverage.[citation needed]

Notable residentsEdit

Pelsall is the home village of former footballer Phil Gee.[citation needed]

The pianist Robert Emery grew up in Pelsall.[citation needed]


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  9. ^ "Seven-year sentence for joyrider who killed girl: Judge attacks 'folly' of giving repeated bail to youths who ignore conditions". The Independent. London. 8 October 1993.
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  13. ^ "Inspection report". 5 November 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Inspection report". 5 November 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Pelsall Community School, Rushall, Walsall: Schools in Walsall". Retrieved 7 June 2017.

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