Towns & Villages - of the Black Country

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Towns & Villages - of the Black Country

Postby Northern Lass » Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:01 pm

As a guide only!
The "Black Country" covers parts of the city of Wolverhampton, and the towns of:
Bilston, Blackheath, Brierley Hill, Coseley, Cradley, Darlaston, Dudley, Gornal, Great Bridge, Halesowen, Lye, Netherton, Oldbury, Old Hill, Quarry bank, Rowley Regis, Sedgley, Stourbridge, Tipton, Walsall, Warley, Wednesbury, Wednesfield, West Bromwich, Willenhall, Wordsley.

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BILSTON


History.....

About Bilston -Click here

About Daisy Bank, Bilston Click here


Photo in the gallery of some Bilston landmarks




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BLACKHEATH

History.....

Blackheath lies on a low hill. Wonder where it got its name from?
Could it be that from Darby End the hill where Blackheath sits, with its backdrop of silloutted bushes, looks quite dark and Bleak!
Known as Bleak Heath or Blake Heath pre 1841 it consisted of a handful of farm houses and inns on the turnpike road from Oldbury to Halesowen, within Rowley Regis.

About Blackheath -Click here


People.....

This link concerns a Joseph Wheldon who in the 1930's was living at 42 Macmillan Road Blackheath.
He kept a diary in 1933 in which he "wrote down a list of interesting events and dates, both local and national......sure to appeal to anyone with an interest in Black Country history".
Joseph Wheldons diary article -Click here



Photo in the gallery of some blackheath land marks


Gallery photo of a Blackheath Pub "The County Inn known as the Clock "

Gallery photo of St Pauls Blackheath

Gallery photo 2 of St Pauls Blackheath




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BRIERLEY HILL

History.....


About Brierley Hill -Click here


People.....




Photo in the gallery of some Brierley Hill land marks


Gallery photo of Brierley Hill - St Michaels

Gallery photo of Brierley Hill - High Street C1905


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CLENT

History.....


About Clent -Click here


People.....




Photo in the gallery of some Clent land marks


Gallery photo of Clent, - St Leonards,

Gallery photo of Clent - 'Vine Inn' C1900


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COSELEY


History.....

About Coseley -Click here




Photo in the gallery of some Coseley landmarks


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CRADLEY HEATH

History

Cradley Heath was at one time just that -a heath. With the small hamlet of New Town at the edge of the heath. Cradley Heath is a much newer village than its neighbours Cradley and Halesowen.But the Industrial Revolution placed Cradley Heath firmly on the map.
It was at the centre of Britain’s chainmaking industry, for making the chain which was attached to the anchor of The Titanic.

Read more.........
About Cradley Heath -Click here

and Here


People.....

This link is about a John Martin who lived in Cradley Heath and kept a.....
"log of interesting snippets of information, mainly from the environs of Cradley Heath where he lived, with a few notable exceptions from further afield. His interest in local history had encouraged him to single out specific events, and write them down in chronological order, starting in 1844 and ending in 1951".

John Martin's notations article - Click here



Photo in the gallery of some Cradley Heath land marks

Gallery photo of Cradley Heath Graingers Lane Methodist Church

Gallery photo of Cradley Heath Eliza Tinsley





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CRADLEY

History

Cradley once known as Cradlei an ancient town in Worcestershire and mentioned in the Domesday book.It was associated with the barony of Dudley.

"William Fitz-Ansculf holds Cradlei and Pagan under him. Wigar held it; there is one hide, no part in demesne. Here are four villeins and eleven boardars, with seven ploughs, it was worth yearly ( in King Edwards time) fourty shillings, at the survey , twenty four."

The barons of Dudley appear to have kept Cradley manor and Rowley too ,so a close connection between the ancient places.
The river stour appears to have been ancient boundary between them.....read more about Cradley on the following links....


About Cradley -Click here

Cradley Links website



Photo in the gallery of some Cradley land marks

Gallery photo of Cradley Park Lane Unitarian,



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DARLASTON


History.....

About Darlaston -Click here




Photo in the gallery of some Darlaston landmarks

Gallery photo of Darlaston - Bull Stake

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DUDLEY

History.....

The name Dudley that we have today, came from two Anglo-Saxon words Dudda and Leah.
Duddah is the name of someone and Leah means a well wooded estate. So we have Dudda's Woodland Estate.

Read about the History of Dudley - Click here

About Dudley -Click here



Places of Interest .....



Photo in the gallery of some Dudley land marks

Gallery photo of Dudley - St James, The Parade

Gallery photo of Dudley - Delph 'Nine Locks'

Gallery photo of Dudley - Castle from the air



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GORNAL


History.....






Photo in the gallery of some Gornal landmarks




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GREAT BRIDGE


History.....

About Great Bridge -Click here




Photo in the gallery of some Great Bridge landmarks




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HALESOWEN

History

Halesowen means 'Owen's Nooks' taken from the old English word 'halh' which means a 'nook' or a corner piece of land.
The Owen part of the name is from the Welsh Prince Owen who lived there around the 13th century. Owen was given the land by Henry II at the end of the 12th century.........."

read on about Halesowen Here

About Halesowen -Click here



Photo in the gallery of some Halesowen land marks

Gallery photo of Halesowen - Station C1905

Gallery photo of HALESOWEN - WINDMILL

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KINVER

History.....


About Kinver -Click here


People.....




Photo in the gallery of some Kinver land marks


Gallery photo of Kinver - Light Railway C1910?

Gallery photo of Kinver - High Street C1900

Gallery photo of Kinver Church - 1900


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LYE


History.....

About Lye -Click here




Photo in the gallery of some Lye landmarks

Gallery photo of Lye Parish Church



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NETHERTON

About Netherton -Click here



Photo in the gallery of some Netherton land marks

Gallery photo of Netherton - High Street C1900

Gallery photo of Netherton - 'Ma Pardoes'


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OLDBURY

History

About Oldbury, Langley and Warley

About Oldbury


Other.....
Pubs of Oldbury - Click here



Photo in the gallery of some Oldbury land marks

Gallery photo of Oldbury - The Fountain C1900

Gallery photo of Oldbury - The Big House


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OLD HILL

History

About Old Hill - Click here


Photo in the gallery of some Oldhill land marks

Gallery photo of Old Hill - Halesowen Road and Holy Trinity Church C1900

Gallery photo of Old Hill - Primary School


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QUARRY BANK


History.....

About Quarry Bank -Click here




Photo in the gallery of some Quarry Bank landmarks


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ROWLEY REGIS

History

The name comes from the Anglo Saxon term 'Ruh Leah' which in means a rough and rugged land.
Rowley Village perches on Rowley hill. Originally Rowley was the site of an extinct Volacano from which the residue gave the Rowley Rag stone. The Church of St Giles sits majestically on the hill and is the most recent of 4 churhces occupying that area over the past thousand years. The "Regis" part was added about 1140 and may have been added to denote that it was that part of Rowley that belonged to the king,as possibly a royal hunting land........The parish housed the manors of Rowley Regis and Rowley Somery, Somery being included in the barony of Dudley, but it is unclear the connection between them".
Places that were (at one time) part of the Parish of Rowley Regis were Blackheath, Corngreaves, Cradley Heath, Gosty Hill, Haden Cross, Haden Hill, Hayseech, Knoll, Lye Cross, Newtown, Oakum, Old Hill, Portway, Reddal Hill, Slack Hillock, Tipety Green, Tividale, Turner's Hill, Windmill End and Whiteheath Gate.
The municipal Borough of Rowley Regis was made up of 5 individual communities - Cradley Heath, Old Hill, Black heath, Rowley Regis and Tividale. Whitehall decided, despite a fight from local opposition, to combine Rowley Regis with Oldbury. and become Warley County Borough. Then a few years later Whitehall decided that big was beautiful and so Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell was born and included towns like West Bromwich, Wednesbury and Smethwick and of course Rowley Regis et al.

About Rowley Regis -click here

And for more -click here

Rowley Regis some Burial Records and more info on area



Photo in the gallery of some Rowley Regis land marks

Gallery photo of Rowley Regis - Village

Gallery photo of Rowley Regis - St Giles
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SEDGLEY


History.....

About Sedgley -Click here

Local History Site -Click here



Photo in the gallery of some Sedgley landmarks

Gallery photo of Sedgley - All Saints

Gallery photo of Sedgley - The Bullring 2009
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SMETHWICK

History.....


About Smethwick -Click here


Smethwick History Society



People.....


Smethwick Heritage Centre



Photo in the gallery of some Smethwick land marks


Gallery photo of Smethwick - Old Church

Gallery photo of Smethwick - High Street C1916


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STOURBRIDGE


History.....

About Stourbridge -Click here




Photo in the gallery of some Stourbridge landmarks

Gallery photo of Stourbridge - C1906

Gallery photo of Stourbridge - Canal Basin

Stourbridge - King Edward VI 2009


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TIPTON


History.....

About Tipton -Click here




Photo in the gallery of some Tipton landmarks

Gallery photo of Tipton - Great Bridge Road pre WWI

Gallery photo of Tipton - Park View C1907

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WALSALL


History.....

About Walsall -Click here




Photo in the gallery of some Walsall landmarks

Gallery photo of Walsall - Market 1930's

Gallery photo of Walsall - The Bridge C1914


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WARLEY


History.....

About Warley -Click here




Photo in the gallery of some Warley landmarks


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WEDNESBURY


History.....

About Wednesbury -Click here

Wednesbury History Society


Photo in the gallery of some Wednesbury landmarks


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WEDNESFIELD


History.....

About Wednesfield -Click here

This history of Wednesfield

Photo in the gallery of some Wednesfield landmarks


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WEST BROMWICH


History.....

About West Bromwich -Click here




Photo in the gallery of some West Bromwich landmarks

Gallery photo of West Bromwich - High Street

Gallery photo of West Bromwich - Dartmouth Park 2008

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WILLENHALL


History.....

About Willenhall -Click here




Photo in the gallery of some Willenhall landmarks

Willenhall - Market Place 2009

Willenhall - Lock Museum

Willenhall Market Place - 'Bell Inn' built 1660

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WOLVERHAMPTON


History.....

About Wolverhampton -Click here




Photo in the gallery of some Wolverhampton landmarks

Gallery photo of Wolverhampton - Lichfield Street 1900's

Gallery photo of Wolverhampton - Trysull C1905


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WORDSLEY


History.....

About Wordsley -Click here




Photo in the gallery of some Wordsley landmarks

Gallery photo of Wordsley - Red House Glass Cone

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nb all the photos linked to here are on display in our Black Country Gallery section
a gallery of snapshots from modern day and those long gone, but captured on film, to give you a flavour of the area.
So please browse thru that marvellous section Mallosa has put together.
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