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In the 13th century Hednesford was known as ‘Heddin’s ford’ (ford of a man called Heddin)
[The Oxford Names Companion]
Hednesford, or Hedgford, two miles NE of Cannock, and five miles S by W of Rugeley, is an enclosed hamlet on Cannock Chase, containing a number of scattered houses, 304 inhabitants, and a large lake called the Hedgford Pool, covering about 23 acres. Here also is a good inn, and extensive stabling for blood horses, of which about 120 are generally trained here in the season, and exercised on the excellent turf of Hedgford Hills. The horses trained here belong to a number of the most spirited members of the turf, and find employment for eleven of the most distinguished trainers and jockeys in the kingdom. On the margin of the lake the late Edmund Peel, Esq, of Fazeley, built a handsome mansion, about 20 years ago, called Hedgford Lodge.
Huntington is a hamlet and liberty on the Stafford road, two miles N of Cannock, and contains 121 souls, and upwards of 800 acres of land. Lord Hatherton, of Teddesley Hall, is owner of nearly all the soil, and lord of the manor, which adjoins the western side of Cannock Chase, and is celebrated for its white gravel, of which large quantities are sent to distant places for covering garden walks, etc.
[History, Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire, William White, Sheffield, 1851]
Cannock is divided into the six liberties of Cannock, Great Wyrley, Huntington, Cannock Wood, Leacroft and Hednesford
Coordinates:-   52.7115°N 2.0006°W
OS Grid Reference:-  SK000126
Are you related to Walter Benton of Hednesford? Take a look at his Will and Inventory of 1778

Walk the Cannock Chase and learn about it's three memorials

Did your ancestor work on the Cannock Extension Canal taht went to Hednesford? If so, you may see some of his handywork here

Walk the Cannock Chase and learn about the war trail

A transcript of the 1841 census for Hednesford by Glyn Haynes

A transcript of the 1851 census for Hednesford by Glyn Haynes

A website for a transcription of the 1851 census for Hednesford

A website for a transcription of the 1871 census for Hednesford

Statistics for the Hednesford 2001 Census provided by the Office for National Statistics

Christian Spiritualist Church website

Learn all about the coal mining industry with The Coalmining History Resource Centre

Learn all about the coal mining industry with the Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society

Did you teach, or were you a student at Kingsmead School? Then you may find yourself on one of these photographs

Laura and Sarah Knowles were two of thirteen children. Laura married Jospeh Jones and they lived in a "Sunnyside" cottage, Hednesford. Sarah married Fred Thomas and also lived in Hednesford. Are you related to the Knowles, Jones or Thomas families? Find out at this website

Learn all you can about Hednesford at Hednesford library

See how Hednesford looked in 1775, 1873, 1886 and 1902

The large number of mining fatalities throughout the country at the turn of the 19th century forced the government to induce law for the establishment of Mines Rescue Stations. Find out more from Mick Drury at the Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society
Learn about the coal mining industry on the Cannock Chase at the Museum of Cannock Chase
Are you related to a person with Hednesford connections? Information on people from Hednesford as detailed by our Members
The B F H G Photograph Album contains many photographs of landmarks within Hednesford
The B F H G Postcard Album contains many postcards of landmarks within Hednesford
Did you or one of your ancestors train at RAF Hednesford Training Camp? If so, you might find a photograph of yourself or an ancestor here
The Church of England website for Saint Peter's Church
Was your ancestor a Vicar at Saint Peter's Church? At this website, a brief history of Saint Peter's Church together with a list of it's Vicars since 1864
Have you any ancestors in the Simmons family? Here you will find information on George Simmons (b: 1877) an apprentice Boot Fitter and susequent Wheelwright
Have you any ancestors named Taylor? Then you may find a member of your family on this website
The B F H G has photographed and transcribed all the names on the Hednesford War Memorials
Following the opening of the Hednesford, Rugely Road War Memorial, a Remembrance Book was pulished. See it here
The Staffordshire and Stoke On Trent Archive Service website gives on-line access to the Hednesford section of White's History Gazetteer and Directory of Staffordshire 1851