“Hazel Slade” is often written as “Hazelslade” and from the 16th Century until the 1830’s it was also known as “Hazleslade in Cannock Wood”. It has in my opinion a most beautiful elevated setting on the south - eastern quadrant of Cannock Chase, in an area of “Outstanding Natural Beauty”. It is some 4 miles from the town of Cannock and 8 miles from the Cathedral City of Lichfield in the County of Staffordshire, England.
The original cottages in this very small hamlet were replaced in 1872 by 144 typical back to back dwellings. From its early years the village took on the slang and dialect of the Black County as many of the early villagers came from that part of South Staffordshire.
In those days the village lay within the boundaries of Lichfield Rural District Council (Brereton Ward), but in 1934 it was moved into Cannock Urban District Council (now Cannock Chase Council) to join its neighbours, the township of Hednesford, and villages of Rawnsley and Littleworth.
Immediately after the 2nd World War, in 1946, the village was substantially enlarged by the Council who built Prefabricated homes or “Prefabs” on the “Barn Field” and a year later more prefabs were built along the football field side of Cannock Wood Street.
The old village was demolished in the late 1960’s and from its ashes a new Hazel Slade was built with a mix of freehold dwellings, council houses and bungalows, some of which are still occupied by descendants of the original village. The modern village we see today however still retains the basic street layout of the old days and there are still one or two properties and features which were built in the 19th Century.