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The Black Country is finally on the map!

10/21/2009

In August, campaigners won their fight to have the Black Country mentioned on Ordnance Survey (OS) maps; the OS Landranger Map 139 now shows the region by name and has been retitled “Birmingham and Wolverhampton including the Black Country”.

A spokesman for the OS said maps of the area previously called “Birmingham and Wolverhampton” would be changed to “Birmingham and the Black Country”. The spokesman went on to say that the ordance Survey did not usually show places that are not geographically defined but felt moved to react to the strong feeling in the region.

Interestingly, the map does not precisley define the area.

There has long been debate as to where the boundaries of the Black Country lie. Traditionally, it is seen as the area where the coal seam came to the surface and includes West Bromwich, Oldbury, Blackheath, Cradley Heath, Old Hill, Bilston, Dudley, Tipton, Wednesfield and parts of Halesowen, Wednesbury and Walsall.

Source: BBC News.

Some people would also include Wolverhampton, Stourbridge and Smethwick in the Black Country, while others disagree.

What do you think?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim Mc permalink
    01/20/2010 6:04 pm

    The first reference to the black country was made by Henry VIII.Then in the 19th century the area was popularised by Eli Burritt.It is the government who called the area the Black country.The areas we now call Wolverhampton.Dudley,Sandwell & Walsall are all Black Country.
    All these areas interlinked with each other in doing trade.Lets face it Wolverhampton grew massive proportions during the Industrial Revolution and outside of Birmingham Wolverhampton is the most famous town(city) in the area.
    Whether it was due to the coal seam,the industry, we should stop squabbling and accepted the ‘four’ boroughs of the Black Country.Remeber coast lines have changed so would the geography of the area.In recent years sunken mine shafts have been found in north and west Wolverhampton(due to road subsidence) that had not been previoulsy recorded anywhere.Just like the recent Saxon hoard findings more things will be rediscoverd as time goes by so we should all join together and accpet each other as Black Country.
    If we do not joing together we will not be able to stop usurper areas like Manchester claiming to be thenow 2nd city or Gloucestershire claiming to be the birth of the industrail revolution.

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