Clent

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Clent
Clent Village Green looking towards Lower Clent.jpg
The village green next to the parish church
Clent is located in Worcestershire
Clent
Clent
Clent shown within Worcestershire
Population 2,600 
• London 105 miles (170 kilometres)
Civil parish
  • Clent
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Stourbridge
Postcode district DY9
Dialling code 01562
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Worcestershire
52°24′55″N 2°06′50″W / 52.415178°N 2.113967°W / 52.415178; -2.113967Coordinates: 52°24′55″N 2°06′50″W / 52.415178°N 2.113967°W / 52.415178; -2.113967

Clent is a village and civil parish in the Bromsgrove District of Worcestershire, England, southwest of Birmingham and close to the edge of the West Midlands conurbation. At the 2001 census it had a population of 2,600.[1]

Parish History

The parishes of Clent and Broome were once an exclave of Staffordshire, completely surrounded by Worcestershire, having been seized by the Sheriff of Staffordshire before the Norman Conquest. This anomaly was addressed in 1844 when it was belatedly returned to Worcestershire. Clent had, however, always remained part of the Worcester Diocese.

The four stones or "Ossian's Tomb" on the top of the Clent Hills were follies erected by George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton

Geography

Because of the hilly topography of the parish the village consists of several distinct hamlets. These are Upper Clent (Clatterbach and the area around the parish church of St. Leonard), Lower Clent, Holy Cross, Adams Hill and Walton Pool.[2] The Civil Parish of Clent also included part of the village of West Hagley, the population of which is about half that of the whole parish. On the first of April 2016, this part of the parish was transferred to the Parish of Hagley. Though in the ancient ecclesiastical parish of Clent, that area is now part of the Anglican parish of Broome. Part of the parish is an area of agricultural lowland, but to the northwest the ground rises forming the Clent Hills (now owned by the National Trust), which is a popular destination for walkers.

Climate

Climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year-round. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfb". (Marine West Coast Climate/Oceanic climate).[3]

Climate data for Clent
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7
(44)
8
(46)
10
(50)
13
(55)
16
(61)
19
(66)
22
(72)
22
(72)
18
(64)
14
(57)
10
(50)
7
(45)
14
(57)
Average low °C (°F) 2
(36)
2
(36)
3
(37)
4
(39)
7
(45)
10
(50)
12
(54)
12
(54)
9
(48)
7
(45)
4
(39)
2
(36)
6
(43)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 43
(1.7)
38
(1.5)
30
(1)
30
(1.2)
28
(1.1)
36
(1.4)
33
(1.3)
28
(1.1)
38
(1.5)
48
(1.9)
41
(1.6)
41
(1.6)
429
(16.9)
Average precipitation days 22 19 20 20 18 17 18 18 18 21 21 21 114
Source: Weatherbase [4]

Education

Sunfield Children's Home is located in Clent, a charitable school for children with autism and complex learning needs.[5] There is also a small primary school located in Holy Cross, called Clent Parochial Primary School, with just over 100 pupils ranging from Reception (age 4) to Year 6 (age 11), after which the pupils feed into Haybridge High School, the local secondary school, in the neighbouring village of Hagley.[6]

Notable residents

Notable residents of Clent include -:

References

  1. ^ Census 2001
  2. ^ A History of the County of Worcester: volume 3 pp. 50-54
  3. ^ Climate Summary for closest city on record
  4. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on June 4, 2013.
  5. ^ Sunfield Archived 2009-08-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Clent Parochial Primary School Archived 2012-12-20 at Archive.is

Further reading

  • Clent Parish Council
  • Erdeswicke, Sampson; Harwood, Thomas (1820). "St. Kenelm, Clent and Broom". A Survey of Staffordshire; Containing the Antiquities of that County. J.B . Nichols and Son. pp. 284–287.  – Although not published until much later, Erdeswicke's description of Clent was written during the 16th century. The layout is a little confusing because the text and the notes use a similar font, for example the text in the last paragraph on page 287 should be read together with the text in the last paragraph on page 288 as they are part of the same footnote ("... in 1421, by Joan Beauchamp, ... ").

External links

  • photos of Clent and surrounding area on geograph
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