Kidsgrove is a town in the borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England, near the Cheshire border. It is part of the Potteries Urban Area, along with Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme. It has a population of 24,112 (2001 census), decreasing to 23,756 at the 2011 Census.[1] Most of the town is in the Kidsgrove ward, whilst the western part is in Ravenscliffe.


Victoria Hall
Kidsgrove is located in Staffordshire
Location within Staffordshire
Population23,756 (2011 census)
OS grid referenceSJ835545
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtST7
Dialling code01782
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament


From the 18th century, Kidsgrove grew around coal mining, although the pits have now closed. Clough Hall Mansion in the town is now demolished.

The engineer James Brindley cut the first Harecastle Tunnel on the Trent and Mersey Canal near the town; Thomas Telford cut the second. Kidsgrove also marks the southern extremity of the Macclesfield Canal. There is a legend regarding a headless ghost that is said to haunt the Harecastle Tunnel. The ghost is said to be that of a young woman who was murdered inside the tunnel. She is referred to as the "Kidsgrove Boggart".

Reginald Mitchell was born in Butt Lane, Kidsgrove who was the designer of the Spitfire plane.

Kidsgrove was made an urban district in 1904 with the abolition of the Wolstanton Rural District, including the parishes of Kidsgrove and Newchapel. Talke, previously part of the Audley Urban District, was added in 1932. [1]

Kidsgrove is served by Kidsgrove railway station which was opened by the North Staffordshire Railway on 9 October 1848 as Harecastle, later becoming Kidsgrove Central. This railway station is still open as a junction (now Kidsgrove). However, there were two other stations on the closed loop line namely Kidsgrove Liverpool Road, opened 15 November 1875 and Market Street Halt, opened 1 July 1909.

In 1975, kidnapping victim Lesley Whittle was kept in Bathpool Park, south of Kidsgrove, in an air ventilation shaft from a disused coal mine. She was kept in the shaft for several weeks, with a noose around her neck, and was hanged. Donald Neilson, the killer known as the "Black Panther," was later convicted of murdering her after repeated delays in getting the ransom.

The town has a library, post office, health centre (just outside of the main town), bank and supermarket (Tesco and Aldi). Market Street has a Home Bargins, smaller shops and many fast food restaurants. Schools include The King's Church of England School known more locally as Clough Hall High School, Kidsgrove Secondary School known more locally as Maryhill High School, Kidsgrove Primary School known more locally as Maryhill Primary School, St John’s Catholic School and others.


The First Potteries Bus Route numbers 7/7A, 3 and 4A buses each have terminuses in Kidsgrove, and the railway connects Kidsgrove railway station with Crewe, Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent. The Trent and Mersey Canal runs through the town. Kidsgrove is also home to a portion of the A50 road and is very close to the A50 and the A500.


Kidsgrove Athletic F.C. play in the Northern Premier League Division One South.

Kidsgrove has a rugby club and a cricket club

Notable people

Kidsgrove Scouts

Kidsgrove is home to the First Kidsgrove Scout Group in the district of Potteries North. 1st Kidsgrove Scouts has a drum corps known as the Kidsgrove Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps who are the six time British Drum Corps Champions and have competed in DCA and DCE competitions. Winning DCE in 2010 and 2015 to become European champions. Kidsgrove Scouts has a junior band known as Kidsgrove Scouts Juniors.

Local governance

Kidsgrove is situated in North West Staffordshire on the Cheshire border and is part of the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The Wards of Kidsgrove, Butt Lane, Ravenscliffe and Kidsgrove are in the Stoke-on-Trent North Parliamentary Constituency represented by Ruth Smeeth and Newchapel Ward is in the Staffordshire Moorlands Parliamentary Constituency, whose M.P. is Karen Bradley.

Kidsgrove has a Town Council of twenty four members. Kidsgrove Town Council was created in 1974 when Kidsgrove Urban District Council became part of Newcastle Under Lyme Borough Council as part of the Local Government Act 1972. Kidsgrove has a mayor who is elected by the Town Council every 12 months. This position is mainly a civic role, and the Mayor acts as an ambassador for Kidsgrove.

The current Town Mayor for the municipal year of 2016/17 is Councillor David Allport. The current Deputy Mayor for the municipal year of 2016/17 is Councillor Kyle Robinson.

Rotary Club of Kidsgrove

Kidsgrove Rotary with the District Darts Trophy
Kidsgrove Rotary with their second trophy of the year for winning the Rotary 1210 District Darts competition 2011

Founded on 15 January 1969 and presented with its charter on 2 July the same year, the Rotary Club of Kidsgrove (RCK) has been active within the community whether fundraising, volunteering or helping out local projects for over 40 years. The club is also part of District 1210 within Rotary International in Britain and Ireland.

Originally meeting in the Masonic Hall and Institute in the town, the group now gets together at the Bleeding Wolf, Scholar Green.

During November RCK hold a bonfire night and fireworks at Clough Hall Park and during December they can be seen on the streets of Kidsgrove with their Santa float, collecting for local good causes.

In April 2012 RCK were also announced as the Rotary International in Britain and Ireland winners of the Club Online Presence Award. This was the first time the award has been presented and recognises the achievements the group have made through their website and a variety of social media avenues in the year.


  1. ^ "Town population 2011". Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  2. ^ retrieved December 2017
  3. ^ RJ Mitchell, A life in aviation retrieved December 2017
  4. ^ IMDb Database retrieved December 2017
  5. ^ "Ken Higgs". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  6. ^ SoccerBase Database retrieved December 2017

External links

Andy Porter (footballer)

Andrew Michael Porter (born 17 September 1968) is an English former professional footballer turned coach and manager. His playing career spanned from 1986 to 2006 and for the majority of his career he played for Port Vale. His successes with the club include winning promotion out of the Third Division via the play-offs in 1989, lifting the Football League Trophy in 1993, and playing in the final of the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1996. He later played for Wigan Athletic, Mansfield Town, Chester City, Northwich Victoria, and Kidsgrove Athletic.

He served Port Vale as co-caretaker manager alongside Dean Glover. He managed Kidsgrove Athletic in 2002–03, and has also spent short periods as caretaker manager at Chester City, Port Vale and York City. He worked as assistant manager to Martin Foyle at Hereford United from June 2012 to March 2014.

Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme

The Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme is a local government district with borough status in Staffordshire, England.

It is named after its main settlement, Newcastle-under-Lyme, where the council is based, but includes the town of Kidsgrove, the villages of Silverdale and Keele, and the rural area surrounding Audley. Most of the borough is part of The Potteries Urban Area.

Dean Spink

Dean Peter Spink (born 22 January 1967) is an English former professional footballer who played either as a striker or a defender. After retiring as a player he became a physiotherapist for Shrewsbury Town but is now one at Solihull Moors. He is currently the reserve manager at Alvechurch FC.

Karl Robinson

Karl Robinson (born 13 September 1980) is an English professional football manager and former player who is the manager of League One club Oxford United.

Kidsgrove Athletic F.C.

Kidsgrove Athletic F.C. is an English football club based in Kidsgrove, Staffordshire, England currently playing in the Northern Premier League Division One South East. The team, nicknamed "The Grove", play their home games at Hollinwood Road.

Kidsgrove Liverpool Road railway station

Kidsgrove Liverpool Road railway station was the northernmost station on the Potteries Loop Line and served the town of Kidsgrove, Staffordshire. It was opened as Kidsgrove in 1875, but renamed in 1944 when the nearby Harecastle station became Kidsgrove railway station.The site of the station is now occupied by a Tesco supermarket.

Kidsgrove Urban District

Kidsgrove Urban District was an urban district in the county of Staffordshire. It was formed in 1894 with the civil parishes of Hardings Wood, Kidsgrove, Newchapel and Talke. It was abolished in 1974, by virtue of the Local Government Act 1972, when it was absorbed into the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Kidsgrove railway station

Kidsgrove railway station serves the town of Kidsgrove in Staffordshire, England. The station is 7.5 miles (12.07 km) north of Stoke-on-Trent. The station is served by trains on the Crewe to Derby Line which is also a community rail line known as the North Staffordshire line. The station is owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Trains (EMT) train operating company (TOC).

In the year 2009/10 the usage of the station grew by almost 58% to over 100,000 recorded journeys, in addition more than 6,434 passengers used the station to change trains. The increase in usage (followed by a similar increase for 2010/11) has been attributed to improved timetable in December 2008 (specifically the introduction of London Midland's Desiro service to London Euston via Tamworth).

List of schools in Staffordshire

This is a list of schools in Staffordshire, England

Market Street Halt railway station

Market Street Halt was the smallest station to serve the town of Kidsgrove, Staffordshire, England. It was opened in 1909 and located on the Potteries Loop Line. At first it was used by trains in both directions but was later served only by northbound trains due to the severe gradient, being a 1 in 40 climb southbound.Although only a halt, it had a considerable length of platform and modest wooden buildings, plus an old NSR carriage used as a waiting room.The halt closed in 1950 and the trackbed is now part of the Potteries Greenway.

Matt Rhead

Matthew James Rhead (born 31 May 1984) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for League One club Lincoln City.

Odd Rode

Odd Rode is a civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It borders the Staffordshire parish of Kidsgrove, and includes the settlements of:

Scholar Green

Mow Cop

Mount Pleasant

Rode Heath


The BankThe population of the civil parish as of the 2011 census was 5,442.Of particular note in the area is Rode Hall, seat of the Wilbraham family.

There are three Anglican (CofE) churches in the parish: All Saints', Scholar Green; St. Luke's, Mow Cop; and The Church of the Good Shepherd, Rode Heath. The churches have long histories and host services and events throughout the year. The current incumbent priest is the Rev. Philip Atkinson.

Paul Ogden

Paul Ogden (born 18 December 1946) is an English football manager and former player, who is currently Head of Football Operations at Barrow.

He played for Port Vale and Altrincham. He was manager of Leek Town in six separate spells, spanning nearly forty years, and also coached Northwich Victoria, Kidsgrove Athletic, and Witton Albion. He later worked as a scout at Mansfield Town and Barrow.

Potteries Loop Line

The Potteries Loop Line was a railway line that ran through the heart of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. It was built by the North Staffordshire Railway off its main line (nowadays referred to as the Manchester branch of the West Coast Main Line via Stoke).

It was opened in many short sections due to the cost of railway construction during the 1870s. The line throughout was sanctioned but the NSR felt that the line would be unimportant enough to abandon part way though its construction. This upset residents of the towns through which the line was planned to pass and they eventually petitioned Parliament to force the completion of the route.

Ryan Austin (footballer)

Ryan Austin (born 15 November 1984) in Stoke-on-Trent is an English professional footballer who is player-manager at Kidsgrove Athletic.

Steve Cherry

Steven Richard Cherry (born 5 August 1960) is an English former footballer. A goalkeeper, he made 542 league appearances in a 24-year career in the Football League, playing in all four divisions of the league.

He began his career at Derby County in 1979. Loaned out to Port Vale in November 1980, he won the first team jersey at Derby, and was voted Player of the Year in 1983. Sold on to Walsall for a £25,000 fee in August 1984, he was moved on to Plymouth Argyle for a £17,000 fee in October 1986. He was voted Plymouth's Player of the Year in 1988, before he was sold on to Notts County in February 1989 for a £70,000 fee, following a short loan spell with Chesterfield. He helped Neil Warnock's County to win successive promotions from the Third Division to the First Division via the play-offs in 1990 and 1991, and was named as the club's Player of the Year in 1992. He moved on to Watford in July 1995, before rejoining Plymouth Argyle in February 1996. He helped the club win the Third Division play-offs in 1996, his third such success with Neil Warnock. He then saw out his career with brief stays at Rotherham United, Rushden & Diamonds, Mansfield Town, Stalybridge Celtic, Oldham Athletic, Lincoln City, Kidsgrove Athletic, and Belper Town. He later coached at Lincoln City and Macclesfield Town.

Stoke Streetcar

The Stoke Streetcar was a proposed bus rapid transit system for The Potteries Urban Area (Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Kidsgrove) in England. It would have consisted of two lines, serving five of Stoke's six towns, the city centre with its new Central Business District, Newcastle, Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent railway station, the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, both universities (including the new University Quarter) and both football clubs. The proposal was developed in partnership with First Group, and included plans to use the same Wright StreetCar as the FTR services found in York, Leeds and Swansea.

The King's Church of England School

The King's Church of England School (formerly Clough Hall Technology School) is a mixed secondary school and sixth form located in Kidsgrove in the English county of Staffordshire.Previously a community school administered by Staffordshire County Council, in January 2015 Clough Hall Technology School became a Church of England voluntary aided school and was renamed The King's Church of England School. The school is now jointly administered by the Diocese of Lichfield and Staffordshire County Council. A new school building has been constructed.The King's Church of England School offers GCSEs, BTECs, OCR Nationals and NVQs as programmes of study for pupils, while students in the sixth form have the option to study from a range of A-levels, further BTECs and NVQs.

University Academy Kidsgrove

Kidsgrove High (formerly University Academy Kidsgrove) is a mixed secondary school located in Kidsgrove, Staffordshire, England, providing high-quality education to pupils aged 11–16 years. The school, which is sponsored by the Shaw Education Trust, was previously part of the University of Chester Academy Trust (UCAT) and is currently operating under the temporary name 'Kidsgrove High' while a new name is being consulted on.

The Trust also sponsors Kidsgrove Primary (formerly University Primary Academy Kidsgrove) which is adjacent to the secondary school.

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