Village Histories

Churchill and Blakedown are mainly residential villages, although there are a number of farms and other businesses in the area. Blakedown has a school (Blakedown Primary School), a church, a sports club and playing fields, 3 public houses (in Blakedown The Old House at Home and The Swan, in Ismere the Old Wagon & Horses, a post office and a few shops. There are no shops in Churchill, although there is a church. Between the two villages is the Churchill and Blakedown Golf Club and, in Churchill, the old Churchill Forge Mill which is open to the public on certain days of the year. There is a Parish Council Churchill & Blakedown Parish Council for the villages, which regularly meets at the Parish Rooms. Both areas also have a very active Neighbourhood Watch and are policed by West Mercia Constabulary. The local MP is Mark Garnier who is a Conservative MP, and the area is administered by Wyre Forest District Council and Worcestershire County Council.

Many local people travel to nearby Hagley, slightly further afield to the nearby towns of Kidderminster, Stourbridge, Bromsgrove or the Black Country, or even beyond to Birmingham, for work, schools, colleges, shopping, entertainment and leisure. That is the beauty of the area – it has the best of both worlds within very easy reach.