The Church

St John the Baptist Church, Hammerwich is set on a hill overlooking the village of Hammerwich . The village is at the heart of a rural community and surrounded by picturesque countryside. There is a thriving village bowling club and a cricket club, which is a member of several local leagues; and the local WI has its own hall which is used by many other groups.

The neighbouring village of Wall lies on the site of the Roman settlement of Letocetum which was an important staging post on Watling Street, (this was the Roman military road to North Wales). Remains of the bath house and Inn can be seen there and other excavated artefacts are on display in the museum.

Hammerwich is also now famous all over the world because of the discovery of the ‘Staffordshire Hoard’ in 2009. The nearest hospitals are at Lichfield and Cannock which are both three miles away, and Tamworth which is six miles away. Many consultants from larger hospitals visit these hospitals on a regular basis and they serve the local area very well. There are plenty of health centres around the area and a local bus service operates through the village during the day enabling villagers to visit the doctor’s surgery, local shops and supermarkets, as well as linking it with Lichfield from where there are buses and trains to anywhere in the country.

Although the village school is now closed, there are several local primary and secondary schools within easy reach of the village.

There is new housing planned around the village but it is not sure when (or if) this will go ahead. There is a large home for the elderly, (Hammerwich Hall, which used to be the Manor House) and whenever possible the residents are brought to the community centre to join in with the activities.

The old school now serves as the community centre and church hall, where the local scout groups, slimming clubs, choirs meet on a weekly basis. There is also a thriving church group called ‘Here and Now’ which meets every other Thursday. It provides fellowship and tea and cakes for local people and is organised very successfully by members of the PCC. There is a social club and a post office in the village which manages to supply all the day to day requirements of the village, (including a dry cleaning service).