History of Hednesford Park
The whole of Hednesford Park was once Hednesford Pool, a large body of water that covered over 27 acres of land. The site was originally known as Hedgford Pool as this was Hednesford’s early name until the 18th century.
The 1834 edition of White’s History Gazetteer & Directory of Staffordshire tells us that the pool abounded in pike, perch and roach. A number of adjacent properties took their name from the pool such as ‘Pool Cottage’ and ‘Pool View’.
In 1874 the Cannock & Rugeley Colliery Company opened a coal mine on the opposite side of Rugeley Road in a valley behind Cockpit Hill on the Hednesford Hills (a few hundred metres away from the pool).
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