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21 July

365 great things about Staffordshire - Penkridge

Penkridge is a market town and civil parish in south Staffordshire, which since the seventeenth century has been an industrial and commercial centre for neighbouring villages and the agricultural produce of Cannock Chase.

Its name derives from the River penk derives which flows through it, and it's a lovely chocolate box village, with a vibrant and famous market.  Held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, hosting up to 100 stalls. There is also an antiques market every Thursday. Find out more on the  Penkridge markets website. 

The village as an array of great pubs and restaurants too.


The Domesday Book 1086 notes the town’s economy as agricultural and it had a watermill.  There has been a church on the site of St Michael and All Angels since the time of Alfred the Great, when Penkridge was under Dalelaw. From the time of Edward I, Sunday morning archery practice was compulsory. 

The town has a wealth of Listed buildings and several timber-framed buildings.

The Old Gaol on Bellbrook dates from the early C19th and the Civic Society now runs its  Heritage Centre inside it . open Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

More about the history of Penkridge on the Discover British Towns website. 

Things to do

There's several attractions and activities in the village and close by, including Rodbaston Animal Zone and Lemur Experience, Canal Cruises, Lower Drayton Fun Farm and Chase Trekking centre.

More ideas are available on Tripadvisor. 

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