village has only a few of hundred residents. The 2001 census recorded
the parish as having a population of 700. Of interest is the 16th Century
modernised pub and restaurant the "Stafford Arms", the traditional
village green, parish church and church hall, and the notable building
Although Bagnall is located only a few short miles from the former industrial city of Stoke-on-Trent, it retains a sense of rural isolation and has been described as "one of the most tranquil villages in Staffordshire".
The village is sited at 751 feet (220 metres) above sea level in gently rising landscape of green hills and valleys on the edge of the Staffordshire Moorlands on the edge of the Pennine range of hills, a portion of which is designated as a National Park. As it has been for hundreds of years, the centre of the community is still the village green.
There are numerous benches and viewing points dotted around and near the village, where the beauty of the scenic views of parts of the Staffordshire and Derbyshire Hills and the Cheshire Plains can be appreciated. The village is still a popular spot to visit for the residents of the the local city and towns, and for many a regular treat is to drive to Bagnall for a "pint" or meal at the Stafford Arms, and a few quiet minutes contemplating the views.
Most people living in the village today commute by car to work in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Leek or further afield. There is no shop in the village as the population number would not support such a venture, and the Post Office recently closed. The local school burned down in 1964, and for the same reason, lack of population, was not reopened. "Tranquil and semi-rural" is an ideal combination to many and this is perhaps why properties rarely come up for sale, and this is possibly why houses fetch a bit more than other local areas.
A romantic view of how the village developed in more recent times is contained in "A Pint-sized History of the Staffordshire Moorlands" by Joan-Ann Grindley. As the name suggests, it is a perspective gained from the view from local village pubs! I've linked the extract to the page dedicated to the Stafford Arms which you can find on the "Village Scenes sub-menu below.
Below is the Bagnall Village Scenes sub-menu. Just CLICK on any of the images below for a trip around some of the sights of the village, with brief descriptions.
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|The Stafford Arms||St Chad's House|
|The Village Church||Bagnall Hall|
|The Village Post Office||Some More Local Scenes|