Dudley  Worcestershire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Dudley like this:

Dudley.-- parl. and mun. bor. and par., in a detached section of E. Worcestershire, on Dudley Canal, 8 miles NW. of Birmingham and 122 miles NW. of London -- parl. bor. (extending into Staffordshire), 7712 ac., pop. 87,527; mun. bor. and par. (including Dudley Castle Hill), 3930 ac., pop. 46,252; 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. ...

Market-day, Saturday. Dudley is situated in the centre of the "Black Country, " at a junction of the Great Western Ry., and has extensive coal mines, iron mines and ironworks, and limestone quarries; it has also glass-works, brass-foundries, and brickworks; tanning, malting, and brewing. The nail mfr. alone. gives employment to several thousands. The old castle (said to have been founded in the 8th century by a Saxon prince, Dodo or Dud, who gave his name to the town) was destroyed by fire in 1750, but the keep still remains. The bor. returns 1 member to Parl.

Dudley through time

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Dudley in Worcestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 22nd July 2024

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