Cannock (/ˈkænək/) is a market town and the administrative centre of the Cannock Chase District, as of the 2011 census, it has a population of 29,018, and is one the most populous towns in the district of Cannock Chase in the county of Staffordshire in the West Midlands region of England.
Cannock lies to the north of the West Midlands conurbation on the M6, A34 and A5 roads, and to the south of Cannock Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Cannock is served by a railway station on the Chase Line. The town comprises four district council electoral wards and the Cannock South ward includes the civil parish of Bridgtown, but the rest of Cannock is unparished.
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Cannock was called Chenet in the Domesday Book of 1086. It was called Chnoc c.1130, Cnot in 1156, Canot in 1157, and Canoc in 1198. Cannock is probably Old English cnocc meaning 'hillock', modified by Norman pronunciation by the insertion of a vowel to Canoc. The name may refer to Shoal Hill, north-west of the town.
Cannock was a small rural community until mining increased heavily during the mid-to-late 19th century. The area then continued to grow rapidly with many industries coming to the area because of its proximity to the Black Country and its coal reserves. Cannock's population continued to increase steadily in the 20th century and its slight fall since the 1981 census has been more than compensated for by house-building in the adjoining village of Heath Hayes. The last colliery to close in the town was Mid Cannock in 1967, and the last remaining colliery to close in the Cannock Chase area was Littleton (in Huntington) in 1993. There is now no heavy industry in the area, and Cannock is home to many commuters working in the surrounding towns and cities.
The "Great Cannock Run", colloquially known as the "Brick Chase" takes place in August each year. Competitors are invited to take part in a number of tasks (including tapestry and calligraphy). It is described in Kevin Troy's book "By Hooker or by Crooker: Tales of Amusement and Despair" as "a gladiatorial duel of wits", and "lightning quick and instantly unforgettable".
Cannock is on a south-west facing slope, falling from the highest point on Cannock Chase (244 m) at Castle Ring, to about 148 m in the town centre and 111 m near Wedges Mills. The soil is light with a gravel and clay subsoil, and there are extensive coal measures.
Cannock has a moderate, temperate climate. See Penkridge weather station for details of average temperature and rainfall figures taken between 1981 and 2010 at the Met Office weather station in Penkridge (around 5 miles (8 km) north-west of Cannock).
Cannock is about 20 miles (30 km) by road north-north-west of Birmingham, 80 miles (130 km) south-south-east of Manchester and 130 miles (210 km) north-west of London. It is 9 to 10 miles (14 to 16 km) by road from many of the nearest towns and cities (Aldridge, Lichfield, Stafford, Walsall, Willenhall and Wolverhampton), but Hednesford (2 miles (3 km)), Burntwood and Penkridge (5 miles (8 km)), Bloxwich and Brownhills (6 miles (10 km)) and Rugeley (7 miles (11 km)) are nearer.
Cities and towns below are in upper case. Only a few of the nearest villages are shown.
In the decade to 2011 the number of dwellings rose by 7.8% to 13,152. The ward with the biggest increase (16.1%) was Cannock South. Of the town's 12,690 households in the 2011 census, 31.5% were one-person households including 13.9% where that person was 65 or over. 63.6% were one family with no others (9.0% all pensioners, 30.9% married or same-sex civil partnership couples, 12.3% cohabiting couples and 11.3% lone parents). 27.7% of households had dependent children including 5.5% with no adults in employment. 59.3% of households owned their homes outright or with a mortgage or loan.
Of the town's 23,717 residents in the 2011 census aged 16 and over, 33.5% were single (never married), 45.2% married, 0.15% in a registered same-sex civil partnership, 2.6% separated, 10.4% divorced and 8.2% widowed. 33.4% had no formal qualifications and 42.9% had level 2+ qualifications, meaning 5+ GCSEs (grades A*-C) or 1+ 'A' levels/ AS levels (A-E) or equivalent minimum.
72.7% of the 10,509 men aged 16 to 74 were economically active, including 45.1% working full-time, 5.6% working part-time and 12.6% self-employed. The male unemployment rate (Male unemployment)(of those economically active) was 9.9%. 60.7% of the 10,724 women aged 16 to 74 were economically active, including 26.8% working full-time, 23.5% working part-time and 3.1% self-employed. The female unemployment rate (of those economically active) was 7.5%.
Of people in employment aged 16 to 74, 13.5% worked in basic industries (ONS categories A, B, and D-F including 11.1% in construction), 14.2% in manufacturing, and 72.2% in service industries (ONS categories G-U including 19.5% in wholesale and retail trade and vehicle repair, 11.6% in health and social work, 7.4% in education, 6.2% in transport and storage, 5.8% in public administration, 5.6% in accommodation and catering, and 4.7% in administrative and support service activities). While 27.7% of households did not have access to a car or van, 76.1% of people in employment travelled to work by car or van.
75.5% of residents described their health as good or very good. The proportion who described themselves as White British was 95.6%, with all white ethnic groups making up 97.4% of the population. The ethnic make-up of the rest of the population was 1.0% mixed/multiple ethnic groups, 0.69% Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi, 0.34% Chinese, 0.17% other Asian, 0.35% Black and 0.065% other. 3.1% of Cannock's residents were born outside the United Kingdom.
Cannock has a free weekly local newspaper, the Cannock & Rugeley Chronicle (an edition of the Cannock & Lichfield Chronicle). Another free weekly, the Chase Post (an edition of the Cannock Chase & Burntwood Post), ceased publication in November 2011.
The Express & Star is a paid-for local newspaper, published in Wolverhampton on weekdays. Televised local news is provided through Midlands Today and Central Tonight, which also serve the wider area of the West Midlands.
Cannock is served by the national radio stations, and West Midlands "regional" licences Planet Rock, Smooth Radio West Midlands and Heart West Midlands. The town is also covered by Free Radio Black Country and Shropshire on 97.2 and BBC WM on 95.6 FM.
Cannock is located close to the M6, M6 toll and M54 motorways. There is an extensive network of local buses radiating out from Cannock town centre. The town's main bus operator is Arriva Midlands, who operate the majority of services to and from Cannock bus station. Cannock railway station closed in 1965 as part of the Beeching cuts but reopened in 1989.
It reopened in 1989 under British Rail and is part of the Rugeley – Cannock – Walsall – Birmingham line operated by West Midlands Trains. There are two trains per hour from the station to Rugeley, Walsall, and Birmingham. The journey time to Birmingham is around 45 minutes.
Cannock Chase High School is a non-denominational mixed comprehensive with just over 1000 pupils aged 11–18.
Chase Grammar School (called Lyncroft House School 1980–1996 then Chase Academy until January 2013) is an independent co-educational boarding school with a day nursery and over 200 pupils up to age 19 including many international students.
South Staffordshire College closed its Cannock Campus in July 2017, but reopened it the following summer as the new Cannock Chase Skills and Innovation Hub with courses starting there from September 2018.
Cannock is twinned with: 
Elections to Cannock Chase District Council took place on 5 May 2011. This election was held on the same day as other local elections. A total of 15 councillors were elected from all of the council's wards as a third of the council was up for election.
The Labour Party emerged as the largest party on the council, albeit short of the 21 seats required for an overall majority. They gained two seats, one from the Conservative Party and another from the Liberal Democrats. They also successfully held on to their seats won at the 2007 election and went on to form a minority administration following the election.
The Conservatives came a fairly close second in terms of vote share but won less than half the number of seats that Labour did. Despite losing a seat to Labour in Hednesford, they still managed a net gain of one seat thanks to winning two seats from the Liberal Democrats in Rawnsley and Rugeley.
The Liberal Democrats had won five seats at the previous election when these seats were last contested and were the largest party on the council with 17 seats. However their three-seat loss, combined with councillors who had defected to them not standing for re-election, meant that the Liberal Democrats became only the third largest party with 11 seats.
Also standing was one candidate from the British National Party and two candidates from The Chase Independent Party; none of these candidates were successful and so there remained only three parties represented on the council.2012 Cannock Chase District Council election
Elections to the Cannock Chase District Council took place on 3 May 2012, in line with other local elections in the United Kingdom. A total of 14 councillors were elected from 13 wards as a third of the council was up for election. This also included a by-election in the Hagley ward which filled a vacancy that had arisen since the previous election. There were no elections held in the Hednesford Green Heath or Rawnsley wards as those wards elect only two councillors in the other two years of the election cycle.
The Labour Party gained the council from no overall control and became the first party to win an outright majority since the election of 2002. Compared with the results of 2008 when these seats were last up for election, Labour almost doubled their vote share and gained many seats they had previously lost to the Conservatives along with seats in Rugeley that had always previously been held by the Liberal Democrats.2014 Cannock Chase District Council election
Elections to the Cannock Chase District Council took place on 22 May 2014, in line with other local elections in the United Kingdom which were held on the same day as the European Parliament elections. A total of 13 councillors were elected from 13 wards as a third of the council was up for election. There were no elections held in the Hagley or Hednesford South wards as those wards elect only two councillors in the other two years of the election cycle.
The Labour Party held control of the council and increased its majority by one compared with the previous election when it had gained the council from no overall control. Notably, UKIP came a close second and gained 4 seats, despite not previously contesting an election in the district. Compared with the results of 2010 when these seats were last up for election, Labour's vote share slightly decreased but they gained one seat from the Conservatives whilst UKIP gained three seats from the Conservatives and one from the Liberal Democrats. This left the Conservatives and Lib Dems, who had previously won 8 seats between them, with just one seat each.2015 Cannock Chase District Council election
Elections to Cannock Chase District Council took place on 7 May 2015, in line with other local elections in the United Kingdom which were held on the same day as the general election. A total of 15 councillors were elected from all 15 of the council's wards as a third of the council was up for election.
The Labour Party held control of the council but with a reduced majority of two compared with the previous election. Labour gained a seat from the Liberal Democrats in Brereton and Ravenhill but suffered a net loss of three due to losses elsewhere.
The Conservative Party won the highest number of seats and votes, gaining four seats from Labour and one from the Lib Dems as well as holding the four seats they had won at the 2011 election. They also regained two seats from councillors who had defected since 2011, one who went to UKIP and one who became an independent.
UKIP came a strong third, gaining over 20% of the votes but no seats, leaving them with 5 seats on the council and losing their status as main opposition party. The Liberal Democrats lost the two seats they had won in 2011, leaving them with one councillor. The Green Party contested an election in the district for the first time, putting up a candidate in every ward and coming fourth in terms of vote share.2016 Cannock Chase District Council election
Elections to Cannock Chase District Council took place on 5 May 2016. This election was held on the same day as other local elections as well as Police and Crime Commissioner elections. A total of 13 councillors were elected from all but two of the council's wards as a third of the council was up for election.
The Labour Party held control of the council with a slightly reduced majority of one compared with their tally following the previous election. Labour lost one seat of their 2012 election total but held all of the other seats they were defending, albeit many with reduced majorities.
The Conservative Party won the highest number of seats and votes at the previous election but did not make any net gains on their 2012 result. They did, however, regain a seat in Hawks Green which was held by a former Conservative councillor who had defected to UKIP. This left the Conservatives with 13 seats on the council, confirming their status as the official opposition party. UKIP failed to match their 2014 success and did not win any seats at this election.
The Liberal Democrats only fielded two candidates, both in former areas of strength for them in Rugeley. Although one of these wards went to a recount, they did not manage to regain any of the losses they suffered in 2012. Meanwhile, the Green Party once again stood candidates in every ward and made a surprise gain in the Hednesford South ward, ousting a sitting Labour councillor and giving them their first representation on Cannock Chase District Council. Unlike previous years, there are no independent candidates.2018 Cannock Chase District Council election
Elections to Cannock Chase District Council took place on 3 May 2018 on the same day as other local elections in England. A third of the council was up for election, meaning a total of 13 councillors were elected from all but two of the council's wards.
The Labour Party held control of the council by maintaining its slim majority of one. Labour held the six seats they previously won at the 2014 election but did not gain any seats from other parties. Unlike previous years, several Labour candidates stood as joint Labour and Co-operative candidates and three were elected, giving the Co-operative Party its first representation on the council.
The Conservatives strengthened their position as the largest opposition group on the council by increasing their number to 15 councillors. They were the main beneficiaries from the collapse in the UKIP vote, increasing their share by just over 20% which reversed the ground they had lost to UKIP at the 2014 election. Their numbers were previously boosted by the defection of two sitting UKIP councillors whose four-year terms were coming to an end; they held onto their seats in these areas whilst also gaining a seat from UKIP and another from an independent in Rugeley, leaving them with four net gains. The Conservatives received the highest number of votes but won one seat less than Labour due to their large majorities compared with most Labour-held seats.
Meanwhile, the Green Party were the only other party to gain a seat at this election after winning the Rawnsley ward which had previously been held by UKIP; this was the only direct Green gain from UKIP in the whole country and increased the size of the Green group on the council to three. The Greens stood candidates in all but two wards and gained a higher share of the vote than in 2015 and 2016.
The Liberal Democrats fielded three candidates in their former stronghold of Rugeley. They held onto their last remaining seat in Brereton & Ravenhill but their vote continued to decline in other areas. UKIP stood candidates in seven wards but were not successful in maintaining their seat in Heath Hayes East & Wimblebury or regaining the other three seats they won in 2014. UKIP's share of the vote plummeted by 30%, dropping by as much as 37% in some wards where they stood a candidate. There were two independent candidates, including the sitting councillor for the Western Springs ward who lost his seat to Conservatives.Cannock Chase
Cannock Chase (grid reference SK000165) is a mixed area of countryside in the county of Staffordshire, England. The area has been designated as the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Chase gives its name to the Cannock Chase local government district. It is a former Royal forest.Cannock Chase (UK Parliament constituency)
Cannock Chase is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since May 2015 by Amanda Milling of the Conservative Party.Cannock Chase District
Cannock Chase is a local government district in Staffordshire, England. Its council is based in the town of Cannock; other notable towns are Rugeley and Hednesford. The district covers a large part of the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, from which it takes its name.
The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of Cannock and Rugeley urban districts, along with Brindley Heath from Lichfield Rural District, and Norton Canes from Aldridge-Brownhills Urban District.
There are several parish and town councils in the district:
Brereton and Ravenhill
Heath Hayes and Wimblebury
Norton CanesCannock, which covers around 30% of the population, includes the parish of Bridgtown but the rest of Cannock is unparished.
Until the 2010 general election the parliamentary constituency of Cannock Chase consisted of Cannock Chase district plus the adjacent village of Huntington. From 2010 onwards the constituency has exactly the same boundaries as the district.
Since 2011, Cannock Chase has formed part of both the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (along with neighbouring authorities Birmingham, Bromsgrove, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Redditch, Solihull, Tamworth and Wyre Forest), and Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery
The Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery (grid reference SJ984157) is on Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, England. The cemetery contains nearly 5,000 burials from both the First and Second World War. The burials are mainly German and Austrian nationals with a very small number of Ukrainians.Cannock Chase High School
Cannock Chase High School is a secondary school with academy status in Cannock, Staffordshire.Chase Line
The Chase Line is a suburban railway line in the West Midlands region of England. It runs from its southern terminus, Birmingham New Street, to Walsall, and then Rugeley in Staffordshire, where it joins the Trent Valley Line. The name of the line refers to Cannock Chase which it runs through at its northern end.
Part of the line, between Birmingham and Walsall, has been electrified since the 1960s; work to electrify the remaining 15 mile stretch of line between Walsall and Rugeley, was completed in December 2018.Grade II* listed buildings in Staffordshire
The county of Staffordshire is divided into nine districts. The districts of Staffordshire are Tamworth, Lichfield, Cannock Chase, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire Moorlands, East Staffordshire, and Stoke-on-Trent.
As there are many Grade II* listed buildings in the county they have been split into separate lists for each district.
Grade II* listed buildings in Cannock Chase (district)
Grade II* listed buildings in East Staffordshire
Grade II* listed buildings in Lichfield (district)
Grade II* listed buildings in Newcastle-under-Lyme (borough)
Grade II* listed buildings in South Staffordshire
Grade II* listed buildings in Stafford (borough)
Grade II* listed buildings in Staffordshire Moorlands
Grade II* listed buildings in Stoke-on-Trent
Grade II* listed buildings in Tamworth (borough)Hednesford
Hednesford (pronounced HENZ-fərd) is a small town and civil parish in Staffordshire, England, within Cannock Chase District. It adjoins Cannock Chase to the north, and the town of Cannock to the south.
The town comprises three district council electoral wards whose populations in the 2011 census totalled 17,343. It also comprises the civil parish of Hednesford and part of the civil parish of Brindley Heath.Rugeley
Rugeley ( ROOJ-lee) is a historic market town in the county of Staffordshire, England. It lies on the north-eastern edge of Cannock Chase next to the River Trent, and is situated between the towns of Stafford, Cannock, Lichfield and Uttoxeter. At the 2001 census the town's population was 22,724, (including the Brereton and Etchinghill wards). increasing to 24,033 at the 2011 Census. Rugeley is twinned with Western Springs, Illinois and in July 1962 the towns made telephone history on national television when the chairman of Rugeley Urban District Council made the first telephone call via the new Telstar satellite to the Mayor of Western Springs.South Staffordshire College
South Staffordshire College is a further education college located over four sites in Staffordshire, England.
The college was created in 2009 as a result of a merger of Cannock Chase Technical College, Rodbaston College and Tamworth and Lichfield College. It now operates over five sites in Lichfield, Rodbaston (Penkridge), Cannock and 2 campuses in Tamworth. The Cannock campus was closed in July 2017 but re-opened as the Skills and Innovation Hub in August 2018.
South Staffordshire College offers a range of further education courses including NVQs, apprenticeships and access courses. The college also has a higher education provision, with courses offered in conjunction with Staffordshire University and the University of Wolverhampton.Staffordshire
Staffordshire (; postal abbreviation Staffs.) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands of England. It borders with Cheshire to the northwest, Derbyshire and Leicestershire to the east, Warwickshire to the southeast, West Midlands and Worcestershire to the south, and Shropshire to the west.
The largest city in Staffordshire is Stoke-on-Trent, which is administered separately from the rest of the county as an independent unitary authority. Lichfield also has city status, although this is a considerably smaller cathedral city. Major towns include Stafford (the county town), Burton upon Trent, Cannock, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Leek, and Tamworth. Smaller towns include Stone, Cheadle, Uttoxeter, Rugeley, Burntwood/Chasetown, Eccleshall, Penkridge and the large villages of Wombourne, Kinver, Tutbury, Alrewas, Barton-under-Needwood, Stretton and Abbots Bromley. Cannock Chase AONB is within the county as well as parts of the National Forest and the Peak District national park.
Wolverhampton, Walsall, West Bromwich and Smethwick are within the historic county boundaries of Staffordshire, but since 1974 have been part of the West Midlands county.
Apart from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire is divided into the districts of Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Newcastle-under-Lyme, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands, and Tamworth.Tony Wright (Cannock Chase MP)
Anthony Wayland Wright (born 11 March 1948) is a British Labour Party politician and author, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Cannock Chase from 1997 to 2010. He was first elected in 1992 for Cannock and Burntwood.WS postcode area
The WS postcode area, also known as the Walsall postcode area, is a group of fifteen postcode districts in England, which are subdivisions of six post towns. These postcode districts cover Walsall and Wednesbury in the West Midlands, plus much of south-east Staffordshire, including Lichfield, Cannock, Burntwood and Rugeley.
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