Standing 880ft above sea level in the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands, and known for it's windmill standing at the summit, Werrington has gone through substantial expansion in the last few years, so much so, that we thought it was time that it had it's own website for local people to find out a little more about where they live, what goes on 'behind the scenes' and events taking place.You can also find details of all the local businesses in the area, groups and organisations in operation, and regular club and social gatherings.
In Werrington, we can look back upon a century that has changed our home almost beyond recognition. One hundred years ago the village of Werrington consisted mainly of the houses around the windmill. Now, it has expanded to include Washerwall, parts of Wetley Common, Withystakes, Ash Bank, Armshead, Cellarhead, and some of Brookhouse Lane. This quite rapid expansion began around 1925, when the Meigh family broke up and sold their Ash Hall estate. About the same time, expansion of local services such as transport, electricity, gas, water supply, and sewerage reached Werrington. Since then over two and a half thousand homes have been built, and the population has increased from a few hundred people to several thousands.
Although they have now gone, Werrington, until the early part of the century, had several small industries. Extensive quarries existed in Washerwall and Wetley Moor. In fact, St. Philip's Church and many of the buildings on the Ash Hall estate are mostly built out of Werrington stone. The village was also known for coal mining, weaving, and nail making. Being a mainly rural community though, many Werrington people past and present, have had some involvement in farming.
Werrington's relative isolation in time gone by meant that it became a fairly self-sufficient community. Its leisure facilities have been developed and built by its residents. In 1937, the Village Hall was built, and the early 1970s saw the building of the Clarkson Hall. Werrington boasts its own Scout and Guide Troops, Boys' and Girls' Brigade Companies, and Youth Club in its own premises at Moorside High School, as well as many, varied groups using the Village Hall and in the year 2000, a bowling club was opened.
In the last hundred years, Werrington has grown into a thriving, well-populated community with much to commend it. It has its own leisure facilities, its own medical centre, its own business community, its own churches. Werrington has not stood still during the last century, and is now well placed to move forward into the next.
Mr Tony McNicol has compiled a book with a brief history of Werrington and other information and has kindly made this book available to download.
Please note that this book is copyright T. McNicol and all rights are reserved. No part may be reproduced in any form without written consent. Application may be made to this website and will be forwarded to Mr T. McNicol.
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