Staffordshire towns, NW of Birmingham.
Mainly in old Staffordshire, taking in the Metropolitan boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. Known as the "Black Country" from the nineteenth century, probably because of its industrial past when it was dominated by the foundries and forges of the iron and steel industry. These black, sooty places were part of the growing Industrial Revolution. There is now a "living museum" to its past in The Black Country Museum at Dudley.
The novelist, Len Webster (1948 - ) features the Black Country in many of his works.
Alan Brayne, Tindal Street Press novelist, spent his childhood in Blackheath, in the Black Country.
Location map of Black Country courtesy of Streetmap.co.uk
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16 December 2002
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