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Codsall Wood is a hamlet of about 150 people on the edge of the large parish of Codsall, about 7 miles north-west of Wolverhampton. For centuries most of Codsall Wood was the common (or waste) land within the manor of the Deanery of the Collegiate church of Wolverhampton. The common was enclosed in 1824 under a special Act of Parliament and the area was divided up into plots which form the basis of the present-day housing and the two inns.

Codsall Wood has its own church, post office, village shop, the Crown Inn and the Cross Guns Inn. These were all established in the 19th century when there were also three other inns - the Old Giffards, the New Giffards and the Crow in the Wood. There were several hovels around the edge of the common land in which farm workers, woodmen and labourers lived.

Wood Hall Farm was once moated and can be traced back to the 13th century. The Stockings and Husphins Farms are centuries old and there is Dead Woman's Grave. Pendrell Hall is now the County Council's College for adult education and takes students from allover the country. There used to be a smithy, which is now a car workshop, and a wheelwright's shop.

For 40 years the village of Codsall Wood has run a very popular Flower Show and Garden competition which has raised substantial sums for charity.

Traditionally villagers do not live 'at Codsall Wood' but 'on Codsall Wood'. The houses are a mixture of restored cottages and modern residences. Many of the residents still work locally in the pubs, the shop, the post office, the local builder's yard and in home industries.

The M54 runs close to Codsall Wood. Whilst this new motorway has been cleverly landscaped to be visually inoffensive, that bonus has been lost by the use of a very noisy road surface. But for the successful opposition of the villagers, the motorway might have been ruinously near to the hamlet. Otherwise surrounded by farm lands the village is almost 500 feet above sea level with views to Cannock Chase, the Wrekin and the Clee Hills. It is bordered by the ancient Chillington estate of the Giffard family with its lake, bridges, temples and Capability Brown landscape.

The village information above is taken from The Staffordshire Village Book, written by members of the Staffordshire Federation of Women's Institutes and published by Countryside Books. Click on the link Countryside Books to view Countryside's range of other local titles.