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General Information
Population
Total Population  10,824 (2004 Estimate)
No. Over 60 12.3%
No. Under 18 28.6%
No. BME  
Indices of Deprivation  
Area KM2 4,203
Population Density KM2 2.58
Locality Four (Click for more information)
 Financial Information
Annual Budget  
Annual Precept £200,000.00
Grants Received  
Spending per Resident  
Average Council Tax Band £54.64

 

Perton As It Is Now

 

Perton is a new village on the Extreme North Western side of the English Midlands conurbation. Most of the village is on a plateau approx 122 metres (400 feet) above sea level and has a population of around 11,500 residents. Most of the current housing is built on the site of a former RAF Airfield.

 

Longitude: 2 degrees 12/12 minutes West
Latitude: 52 degrees 35/36 minutes North
Rainfall: 25/30 inches per year
Sunshine: 1300 hours per year
 
Perton has a supermarket, various small shops, two pubs, a community centre, church, library, three schools - Perton Middle School, Perton First School and Sandown First School, medical centres, dental surgeries and a golf club which also has bowls and tennis facilities.
 
There is local access to the M54 and M6 providing easy travel by car to anywhere in the country. Nearby Wolverhampton is on the main Western north/south rail route with a regular service to London taking less than 2 hours.
 

Brief History of Perton

 

The old site of Perton lay on the south facing slopes from Perton Ridge to the Bridgnorth Road and it was here that a particular type of pear was grown. Earliest records of Perton indicate that the manor was owned by Edward the Confessor (who died in 1066) and in 1086 by the Abbot of Westminster. The manor of Perton was held by the Abbey until 1162 when it was lost to the crownwho passed it to Lord William Perton.

 

In 1260 the manor was held by John de Perton, heir to Lord William, in return for eight days knightly service to the king in his wars in Wales. A warren was an area specially set aside for the rashing of rabbits. In these days rabbits were regarded not as pests but as a useful product of farming and the granting of free warren to John de Perton meant that he had hunting rights for small game.

 

The manor passed among many prominent kings: Sir Humphrey Stafford, Lord Willoughby de Broke and Sir William Compton until 1523 when it was sold to James Leveson a Wolverhampton merchant. It was then passed to his grandson Sir Walter Leveson. His son and heir was Richard Leveson a sailor aboard the Ark Royal in the Royal Navy and fought against the Spanish Armada. He became a Commander and Sir Richard was knighted in 1596 after playing a leading role in the Navy's attack on Cadiz.

 

He achieved many successful attacks against the Spanish and was appointed Vice Admiral of England in 1604. Vice Admiral Sir Richard had married in 1587 but his wife Magaret had become insane and was confined to one of Sir Richard's houses, Oxley Hall, near Wolverhampton. Sir Richard courted a Mary Fitton who was a maid of honour to Queen Elizabeth 1 and who later became his mistress. Perton Manor came into the Wrottesley family in 1662 when Sir Walter Wrottesley purchased it from Richard, Earl of Dorset.

 

Until the 1960's Perton and many of the farms in the area were part of the estate of Lord Wrottesley whose seat was at Wrottesley Hall. Then one of the Lord Wrottesley successors sold off the land and went to South Africa.

 

Links

 

External Link: Perton Parish Council

 

Contact Details for the Parish Chairmen & Clerk

 

Register of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and Other Interests

 

 

 

Perton Airfields

 

 

Wightwick Hall

 
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