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Walsall

Walsall shown within the West Midlands
Population 174,994
OS grid reference SP0198
 - London 124.1m
Metropolitan borough Walsall
Metropolitan county West Midlands
Region West Midlands
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police West Midlands
Fire West Midlands
Ambulance West Midlands
European Parliament West Midlands
List of places: UKEnglandWest Midlands

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Walsall is a large industrial town in the West Midlands of England. It is located northwest of Birmingham and east of Wolverhampton. Historically part of Staffordshire, Walsall is a component area of the West Midlands conurbation, and is sometimes described as part of the Black Country. The County of West Midlands is a metropolitan county in western central England with a population of around 2,600,000 people. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Birmingham (pron. ... // Wolverhampton is a City in the historical county of Staffordshire and metropolian county of the West Midlands. ... The historic counties of England are ancient subdivisions of England. ... Staffordshire (abbreviated Staffs) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. ... The West Midlands conurbation is the name given to the large conurbation that includes the cities of Birmingham and Wolverhampton, in the English West Midlands. ... The Black Country is a loosely-defined area of the English West Midlands conurbation, to the north and west of Birmingham, and to the south and east of Wolverhampton, around the South Staffordshire coalfield. ...


Walsall is the administrative headquarters of the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall. The borough council is presently Conservative controlled. The Mayor is Conservative Councillor Melvin Pitt. There are three Members of Parliament in the constituencies Aldridge-Brownhills, Walsall North and Walsall South. Richard Shepherd MP (Conservative) is the member for Aldridge-Brownhills. In the 2001 census, the town had a population of 170,994 with the surrounding borough having a population of 253,500. Neighbouring towns in the borough include Willenhall, Bloxwich and Aldridge. The Metropolitan Borough of Walsall is a metropolitan borough of the county of West Midlands, England. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and the oldest political party in the United Kingdom. ... Aldridge-Brownhills is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... Walsall North is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... Walsall South is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... Richard Charles Scrimgeour Shepherd (born 6 December 1942, Aberdeen) Educated at the London School of Economics and Johns Hopkins University is a politician in the United Kingdom. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a parliament. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and the oldest political party in the United Kingdom. ... This is a list of the largest cities and towns of England ordered by population. ... Look up Borough in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The figures are mid-year estimates for 2005 from the Office for National Statistics [1]. See also: List of towns and cities in England by population - List of English counties by population - List of ceremonial counties of England by population - List of English districts by area - List of English districts... Map sources for Willenhall at grid reference SO9698 Willenhall is a small town in the West Midlands of England, with a population of approximately 40,000. ... Map sources for Bloxwich at grid reference SJ9902 Bloxwich is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall, West Midlands, England, with a population of around 40,000 people. ... Aldridge is a town in the West Midlands, England, in the borough of Walsall, although historically it was part of the county of Staffordshire. ...

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History

The name Walsall is thought to have derived from the words "Walh halh", meaning "valley of the celtic speakers" (referring to the Celts). Walsall is first referenced as 'Walesho' in a document dated 1002, however it is not referenced in the Domesday Book. By the first part of the 13th century, Walsall was a small market town, with the weekly market being introduced in 1220. The Mayor of Walsall was created as a political position in the 14th century. Walsall is known as "the town of a hundred trades". (This appellation is a nod to the fact that nearby Birmingham is known as "the city of a thousand trades". Though at the time considerably smaller, Birmingham's growth to size larger than Walsall due to the adoption of a main railway line.) This article is about the European people. ... A line drawing entitled Domesday Book from Andrew Williamss Historic Byways and Highways of Old England. ...


Queen Mary's Grammar School was founded by Mary I of England in 1554, and the school carries the Queen's personal badge as its emblem: the Tudor Rose and the sheaf of arrows of Catherine of Aragon tied with a Staffordshire knot. Queen Marys Grammar School, on Sutton Road in Walsall, England, was founded in 1554 by Queen Mary I, at which time it had about seventy pupils, all boys, and taught Classics almost exclusively. ... Mary I (18 February 1516 – 17 November 1558), also known as Mary Tudor, was Queen of England and Queen of Ireland from 6 July 1553 (de facto) or 19 July 1553 (de jure) until her death on 17 November 1558. ... When Henry Tudor took the crown of England from Richard III in battle, he brought about the end of the Wars of the Roses between the House of Lancaster (Red Rose) and the House of York (White Rose). ... Traditional target arrow and replica medieval arrow. ... Katherine of Aragon (Alcalá de Henares, 16 December 1485 – 7 January 1536), Castilian Infanta Catalina de Aragón y Castilla, also known popularly after her time as Catherine of Aragon, was the first wife and Queen Consort of Henry VIII of England. ...


The industrial revolution changed Walsall from a village of 2,000 people in the 16th century to a town of over 86,000 in approximately 200 years. It is a local story, although perhaps not accurate, that Walsall declined a railway line, which was later given to Birmingham, now England's second city. Walsall finally received a railway line in 1847, 48 years after canals reached the town. In 1855, Walsall's first newspaper, the Walsall Courier and South Staffordshire Gazette, was published. Masouleh village, Gilan Province, Iran. ... Ronda, Spain Main street in Bastrop, Texas, United States, a small town A town is a community of people ranging from a few hundred to several thousands, although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan areas. ... For the North American comedy troupe, see The Second City. ... For other uses, see Canal (disambiguation). ... Year 1855 (MDCCCLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Walsall Courier and South Staffordshire Gazette is the earliest known newspaper to serve Walsall in the historic county of Staffordshire, now the West Midlands. ...


Walsall underwent modernisation in the 1970s with a new town centre being built at the expense of some very old but good quality medieval properties. Walsall is currently undergoing a new era of urban regeneration with many brownfield being replaced with modern houses, apartments and offices. Urban regeneration (also called urban renewal in American English) is a movement in urban planning that reached its peak in the United States from the late 1940s through the early 1970s. ... In town planning, brownfield land is an area of land previously used or built upon, as opposed to industry or mining and therefore may be contaminated by hazardous waste or pollution. ...


Construction is underway of St Matthew's Quarters. A new Asda store has already opened and when completed St Matthew's Quarters will also include brand shops and modern apartments. Walsall College will be moving to a new site within the town centre whilst on the old site Tesco will be building a new 100,00 sq ft shopping complex. ASDA is a chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom offering food, clothing and general merchandise products. ... For other uses, see Tesco (disambiguation). ...

The traditional market of Walsall
The traditional market of Walsall

The other plans are to redevelop Old Square Shopping Centre to make it much bigger and connect it to St Matthew's Quarters. The 800 year-old Historic Market also has a new vision for the 21st century. It will be moved lower down towards the town centre, making it more accessible along with up to date new-style stalls. The Historic Market will work alongside the new developments ensuring Walsall's future. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ...


Neighbourhoods

Alumwell is based on the west side of Walsall, in the West Midlands of England. ... Beechdale is a housing estate in Walsall, England, mostly developed during the 1950s. ... Birchills is a residential area of Walsall in the West Midlands of England. ... Caldmore is one of the villages that make up the town of Walsall (defined as the area within the Broadway ring road). ... Chuckery is a small, primarily British-Asian, neighbourhood located a few miles from Central Walsall. ... Coalpool is an area of Walsall, situated between the main roads leading to Cannock (A34) and Lichfield (A461). ... The Delves is a neighbourhood located in the south side of Walsall between Palfrey and Yew Tree estate in Walsall located on the outskirts of Walsall just before Sandwell. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Highgate is a small village located within the Walsall Ring Road. ... Leamore is a suburb of Walsall in the extreme north of the town on the border with Bloxwich. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Park Hall is a residential area within, but near to the southern edge of, Walsall, England. ... Pleck Pleck neighbours Palfrey and stretches from the bridge on Wednesbury Road to Junction 9 it consists of a mainly Muslim,Sikh and Hindu population and is most known for its popular takeaways on wednesbury road, pleck park and the Hindu temple. ... Rushall is a residential area of Walsall in the West Midlands of England. ... Ryecroft is a residential area of Walsall in the West Midlands of England. ...

Economy

Walsall has had many industries, from coal mining to metal working including Willenhalls locks, but in the late 19th century the coal mines ran dry, and Walsall became internationally famous for the leather trade. Walsall still manufactures the Queen's handbags, and Walsall leather products have been found as far afield as Italy. Walsall is the traditional home of the English saddle manufacture industry, hence the nickname of Walsall Football Club, The Saddlers. Apart from leather goods, other industries in Walsall include iron and brass founding, limestone quarrying, small hardware, plastics, electronics, chemicals, and aircraft parts. Coal Coal (IPA: ) is a fossil fuel formed in swamp ecosystems where plant remains were saved by water and mud from oxidization and biodegradation. ... Modern leather-working tools Leather is a material created through the tanning of hides and skins of animals, primarily cattlehide. ... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ... A saddle is a seat for a rider fastened to an animals back. ... Walsall Football Club are an English football club which will play the 2005/06 season in Football League One, having been relegated from the First Division at the end of the 2003/2004 season. ... Walsall Football Club are an English football club based in Walsall, West Midlands, currently reigning champions in the 2006-07 season in Football League Two. ... For other uses, see Iron (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Brass (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the engineering discipline. ... “Flying Machine” redirects here. ...


Walsall has always been overshadowed by its larger neighbours Birmingham and Wolverhampton. However its proximity in Central England and the fact that the M6 runs through the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall has increased its investment appeal. A RAC centre is located by J9 and there are now plans to redevelop derelict land in Darlaston and turn them into a state-of-the-art regional hub. Between Bloxwich and Walsall there is a business corridor where TK Maxx has recently opened a regional depot. Currently established businesses include Homeserve plc and South Staffordshire Water. Birmingham (pron. ... // Wolverhampton is a City in the historical county of Staffordshire and metropolian county of the West Midlands. ... In general, the midlands of a territory are its central regions. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Metropolitan Borough of Walsall is a metropolitan borough of the county of West Midlands, England. ... RAC is the name of several different things: Reservation against Cancellation related to railway tickets in India RAC plc, a UK motoring organisation Royal Automobile Club, a Gentlemens Club in Pall Mall, London RACA, the oldest motoring organisation in Australia Radio Amateurs of Canada, an association of Canadian amateur... Darlaston is a town in Walsall in the West Midlands of England. ... Map sources for Bloxwich at grid reference SJ9902 Bloxwich is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall, West Midlands, England, with a population of around 40,000 people. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Homeserve plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. ... South Staffordshire Water PLC is a privately-owned water company supplying water to parts of Staffordshire and the West Midlands, England. ...


Education

Walsall is home to University of Wolverhampton's Sports and Art Campus. Walsall College provides further education, and is based around three sites across Walsall. There are ten Junior schools and two religous junior schools in Walsall.45% of pupils in the borough of Walsall achieved five GCSEs with grades of A*-C, below the national average of 56%.[1] The University of Wolverhampton is a British university, located on four campuses across the West Midlands and Shropshire. ... Further education (often abbreviated FE) is post-secondary, post-compulsory education (in addition to that received at secondary school). ...


Infant Schools

  • Blue Coat CofE Infant School
  • Chuckery Infant School
  • Delves Infant School
  • Hillary Infant School
  • Park Hall Infant School
  • St Mary's R. C The Mount Infant School
  • Whitehall Infant School

Independent

  • Mayfield
  • Hydesville (7-11)

Comprehensive Secondary Schools

  • Barr Beacon Language College
  • Blue Coat CofE Comprehensive School
  • Joseph Leckie Comprehensive School
  • Pool Hayes Community School
  • St Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College
  • St Thomas More School
  • Walsall Academy
  • Sneyd Community School
  • Aldridge School Science College

Grammar Schools Joseph Leckie Community Technology College is a secondary school located in the Walsall area of the West Midlands in England. ... St Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College (until September 2003 St Francis of Assisi RC School). ... St Thomas More Upper School is an upper school located on Tyne Crescent, Bedford. ... Walsall Academy is a secondary school in Walsall, England. ...

Private School Queen Marys Grammar School, on Sutton Road in Walsall, England, was founded in 1554 by Queen Mary I, at which time it had about seventy pupils, all boys, and taught Classics almost exclusively. ... Queen Marys High School, situated on Upper Forster Street, Walsall, is a selective education school and entry in Year 7 is by passing an entrance exam. ...

  • Hydesville School (11-16)
  • Palfrey Girls School (11-16)

Transport

Walsall has two Bus stations, St Paul's and Bradford Place. Services from St Paul's leave Walsall in many directions; there are services south-east to Birmingham; west to Wolverhampton, Willenhall and Bloxwich; north to Cannock and Brownhills; and east to Sutton Coldfield and Aldridge, with many to the latter. In addition, more infrequent services to Lichfield are run. St Paul's is also home to the Walsall Information Centre. Bradford Place operates buses mainly to the south and south-west, to West Bromwich, Oldbury, Dudley and Stourbridge. There are also numerous shorter bus routes which give the town centre a link to housing estates including Alumwell, Beechdale, Chuckery, Park Hall and the Mossley Estate. Birmingham (pron. ... // Wolverhampton is a City in the historical county of Staffordshire and metropolian county of the West Midlands. ... Map sources for Willenhall at grid reference SO9698 Willenhall is a small town in the West Midlands of England, with a population of approximately 40,000. ... Map sources for Bloxwich at grid reference SJ9902 Bloxwich is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall, West Midlands, England, with a population of around 40,000 people. ... Map sources for Cannock at grid reference SJ9810 Cannock is a town in Staffordshire, just north of the West Midlands conurbation. ... Brownhills is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall in the West Midlands, the United Kingdom. ... , Holy Trinity Church on Trinity Hill north of Sutton town centre. ... Aldridge is a town in the West Midlands, England, in the borough of Walsall, although historically it was part of the county of Staffordshire. ... , The West Front of Lichfield Cathedral, June 2005 Lichfield (Welsh: Caerlwytgoed) is a small city and civil parish (one of six single parishes with city status in England) in Staffordshire, 110 miles northwest of London and 14 miles north of Birmingham. ... The Public by Will Alsop. ... Map sources for Oldbury at grid reference SP3194 Oldbury is a town in Englands Black Country. ... Map sources for Dudley at grid reference SO9390 Dudley is a town in the West Midlands, England. ... , Stourbridge is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, in the West Midlands of England. ...


Walsall also has a busy railway station; services operate to Birmingham, Shrewsbury via Wolverhampton, and Stafford. See Walsall railway station for more details. Birmingham (pron. ... , Shrewsbury (pronounced either or [1]) is the county town of Shropshire, West Midlands, England. ... // Wolverhampton is a City in the historical county of Staffordshire and metropolian county of the West Midlands. ... This article is about the town of Stafford, England. ... Walsall railway station is the principal railway station of Walsall, England, situated in the heart of the town. ...


Between 1850 and 1964, Walsall had direct passenger train links with Wednesbury, Tipton, Dudley, Brierley Hill and Stourbridge, but these services were withdrawn due to the Beeching Axe which saw passenger services completely removed from the South Staffordshire line between Walsall and Stourbridge. The Walsall end of the line is situated at Bescot Junction, and remained open until 19 March 1993, when the line between Walsall and Brierley Hill closed to through traffic. It is set to re-open in the early 2010s as a single track freight line, allowing for the second phase of the Midland Metro which will run between Wednesbury and Brierley Hill. For the legal principle, see Wednesbury unreasonableness. ... The Tipton is also the name of a fictional hotel on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and a term to describe low-grade sportscards. ... Map sources for Dudley at grid reference SO9390 Dudley is a town in the West Midlands, England. ... Map sources for Brierley Hill at grid reference SO9286 Brierley Hill is a town in Dudley Metropolitan Borough, West Midlands, England. ... , Stourbridge is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, in the West Midlands of England. ... Many railway lines were closed as a result of the Beeching Axe The Beeching Axe is an informal name for the British Governments attempt in the 1960s to reduce the cost of running the British railway system. ... The South Staffordshire Line is a railway line opened between Walsall (Staffordshire) and Stourbridge (Worcestershire) in 1850. ... is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Midland Metro tram 05 approaching West Bromwich tram stop The Midland Metro is a light-rail tram system in the West Midlands of England. ...


Walsall is served by the A545 and the M6 for road travel. There are three junction where you can enter Walsall from. M6 J7,M6 J9 and M6 J10. The stretch between these junctions is one of the busiest in Europe.


Facilities and culture

Arboretum and Illuminations

The Arboretum officially opened on May 4, 1874 by the wealthy Hatherton family. It was hoped that the park would provide "a healthy change from dogfights, bull-baiting and cockfights," however the 2d (old pence) admission was not popular with the public and within seven years the council took over ownership to provide free admission.[2] Over the years the Arboretum has seen many events and changes, including the beginnings of the Walsall Arboretum Illuminations as an annual event in 1951.[3] is the 124th day of the year (125th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1874 (MDCCCLXXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link with display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Above: A variety of coins considered to be lower-value, including an Irish 2p piece and many US pennies. ... Illuminations are secular Autumn festivals of electric light held in several English cities, in particular: Blackpool Matlock Bath Mousehole Walsall. ...


Originally white bulbs in trees for courting couples in the autumn, in the 1960s and 1970s, the lights were purchased second hand from Blackpool, but over they years they have been increasingly made 'in house' - indeed they all are now, and it has been said that Blackpool is no longer willing to sell lights to Walsall as it is too much of a competitor. It has been suggested that South Shore, Blackpool be merged into this article or section. ...


Currently, the Walsall Illuminations are the among the biggest in the country with up to sixty thousand bulbs and the need for year-round planning.[4] Although the event had attracted an estimated 250,000 people in 1995, lack of growth beyond this figure has raised the prospect of major redevelopment.[5]


Art and exhibitions

New Art Gallery Walsall

Galleries Walsall Art Gallery copyright Richard Gallagher. ... Walsall Art Gallery copyright Richard Gallagher. ...


The New Art Gallery Walsall opened in the year 2000. It contains a large number of works by Jacob Epstein as well as works by Van Gogh, Monet, Turner, Renoir and Constable. The large gallery space is host to many contemporary exhibitions from locally, nationally and internationally recognised artists all throughout the year. The New Art Gallery is sited in the centre of the West Midlands town of Walsall, England. ... Jacob Epstein photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1934 Sir Jacob Epstein (10 November 1880 – 19 August 1959) was an American-born Jewish sculptor who worked chiefly in the UK, where he pioneered modern sculpture, often producing controversial works that challenged taboos concerning what public artworks appropriately depict. ... van gogh is a piece of shit Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Netherlands artist. ... Oscar-Claude Monet (November 14, 1840 - December 5, 1926), French impressionist painter. ... Joseph Mallord William Turner (April 23, 1775 (exact date disputed) – December 19, 1851) was an English Romantic landscape painter, watercolourist and printmaker, whose style can be said to have laid the foundation for Impressionism. ... Pierre-Auguste Renoir (February 25, 1841–December 3, 1919) was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. ... A self portrait by John Constable John Constable (11 June 1776 – 31 March 1837) was an English Romantic painter. ...


Public Art


The refurbished Sister Dora statue stands outside the Lloyds TSB building at the crossing between Park Street and Bridge Street. Sister Dora (born Dorothy Wyndlow Pattison, 16 January 1832, at Hauxwell, Yorkshire; died 1878) was a 19th century nurse in Walsall, Staffordshire. ...


One of the more amusing pieces of public art which has been on display in the town centre was the infamous concrete hippo, which once stood proudly opposite the statue of Sister Dora, but has now been replaced by a water fountain, the hippo lurking in the corner of the square.


Exhibitions in the New Art Gallery


The Art Gallery runs a range of different exhibitions. Major British contemporary artists such as Gavin Turk have exhibited there and international artist Joana Vasconcalis from Portugal is about to have her first British exhibition. Historic art displays such as Goyas Dispartes are shown along side of the Garman Ryan Collection with contemporary interventions from the galleries Permanent Collections making an appearance among the older works. Gavin Turk (born 1967) is a British artist. ...


Discovery Gallery


The Discovery gallery is designed for families and children of all ages. It is an interactive space containing major art works and a large variety of interactive pieces designed to engage people of all ages with the art on display. The interactive theme is continued in the Garman Ryan Galleries and often in the exhibition spaces too.


Sports

Walsall's football club, Walsall F.C., The Saddlers, was founded in 1888 when Walsall Town F.C. and Walsall Swifts F.C. merged. They won their first game against Aston Villa F.C.. The club currently play in Football League One and are managed by Richard Money. Walsall Football Club are an English football club based in Walsall, West Midlands, currently reigning champions in the season in Football League Two. ... Aston Villa Football Club (also known as The Villa and The Villans)[3] is an English professional football club based in Aston, Birmingham, who currently play in the Premier League. ... Football League One (often referred to as League One for short or Coca-Cola Football League 1 for sponsorship reasons) is the second-highest division of The Football League and third-highest division overall in the English football league system. ... Richard Money is the current manager of the Australian football club the Newcastle United Jets in the newly formed A-League. ...


Walsall also has a very successful cricket club, Walsall Cricket Club who won Birmingham League Premier Division in 2006. Walsall Cricket Club Walsall Cricket Club is an amteur cricket club in Walsall, West Midlands. ...


Walsall also have a rugby union side, Walsall RUFC who are currently competing in Midlands Division One. Despite the club finishing in the bottom half (last season just manage to survive relegation) the team has ambitions to return to the professional Division 3N.


Walsall Hockey Club currently play in Midlands League 1.


Shopping

Park Street remains Walsall's main shopping high street with Bridge Street cutting through the middle to host two average-sized indoor shopping centres at opposite ends; 'The Old Square' and 'Bradford Mall' formerly known as 'The Saddlers Centre'. The recent development known as 'Crown Retail Park' is host to larger scale shops including the first non-food Asda store. Other redevelopments include that of the former 'Quasar Centre' now known as 'Park Place'. The Broadwalk Retail Park is also located within Walsall. There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Broadwalk is considered the biggest Retail park in Walsall. ...


The area around the New Art Gallery Walsall is soon to be redeveloped into a huge shopping area coined 'The Waterfront' designed by architect Will Alsop (architect of the internationally recognised Peckham Library) with space available for restaurants, cafés and the new hotel for the town. Will Alsop (born 1947) is an English architect based in London, responsible for several distinctive and controversial modernist buildings — most in the United Kingdom. ... Categories: Stub | Public libraries | Cultural and educational buildings in London ...


Negative Opinion

Walsall was rated the 'Unhappiest Town' in the country, in a poll by Yorkshire based First Direct.[6] According to the survey, only 49% of the population claimed to be happy.


The town has also been accused of being 'The ugliest place in the world', and like 'Ceaucescu's Romania with fast food outlets' by Theodore Dalrymple, in The New Criterion.[7] The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... Anthony (A.M.) Daniels is a British physician and writer who frequently uses the pen name Theodore Dalrymple. ... The New Criterion is a New York-based magazine, a journal of art and cultural criticism. ...


Trivia

A local landmark is Barr Beacon, which is reportedly the highest point following its latitude Eastwards until the Ural Mountains of Russia. There was a plaque on the summit attesting to this, unfortunately it has been repeatedly stolen. Barr Beacon is a hill on the edge of Walsall, West Midlands, England, very near the border with Birmingham. ...


Walsall is also famous for its relationship to John Wesley and Francis Asbury who began the Methodist movement in the United States. The latter was born in Handsworth, Birmingham and lived for a large part of his life close to the Sandwell/Walsall border. John Wesley (June 28 [O.S. June 17] 1703 – March 2, 1791) was an eighteenth-century Anglican minister and Christian theologian who was an early leader in the Methodist movement. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Handsworth is an inner city suburb of Birmingham in the West Midlands, England. ... Birmingham (pron. ... Sandwell is a metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England. ...


Walsall is home to the Red Lion public house that still stands in Park Street. In 1881 the publican John Holden bred a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Pilot. The animal was exported to America by Charlie Lloyd.[8] Pilot gained fame in America And Sired 99% of all the American pitbull terrier's that you see today. Charlie Lloyd&CH Pilot This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Famous people

Jerome Klapka Jerome (May 2, 1859 – June 14, 1927) was an English author, best known for the humorous travelogue Three Men in a Boat. ... Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), published 1889, is a humorous account by Jerome K. Jerome of a boating holiday on the Thames between Kingston and Oxford. ... The Honourable Susan Frances Harmar Nicholls (born 23 November 1943 in Walsall, Staffordshire) is a British actress, most known today for her long-running role as Audrey Roberts on Coronation Street. ... Coronation Street is an award winning British soap opera. ... Mark Lewis-Francis (born September 4, 1982) is an English sprint athlete, regarded as the top 100m sprinter in the United Kingdom. ... Mark Rhodes has quickly became popular with the younger audience after becoming a Pop Idol Runner-up and fitted nicely into the role of tv presenter for top of the pops reloaded. ... Nicholas (Nick) Gillingham (born January 22, 1967 in Walsall) is a former swimmer from Great Britain, who participated in three Summer Olympics, starting in 1988. ... Alex Lester (born Walsall, West Midlands, 11th May 1956) is a British broadcaster who presents the weekday overnight/early-morning programme on BBC Radio 2. ... BBC Radio 2 is one of the BBCs national radio stations and is the most popular station in the UK. It broadcasts throughout the UK on FM radio between 88 and 91 MHz from its studios in Western House, adjacent to Broadcasting House in central London. ... Meera Syal MBE (born Feroza Syal 27 June 1961 in Essington, near Wolverhampton, England) is a British comedienne, writer, playwright, singer, journalist and actress. ... Queen Marys High School, situated on Upper Forster Street, Walsall, is a selective education school and entry in Year 7 is by passing an entrance exam. ... Garry Newman is a computer game designer, most well known as the creator of the successful Garrys Mod for Half-Life 2. ... Noddy Holder (born Neville John Holder in Walsall, Staffordshire on 15 June 1946) is an English musician and actor best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist with 1970s rock music group Slade. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Beechdale is a housing estate in Walsall, England, mostly developed during the 1950s. ... George Alan ODowd, better known as Boy George or Boi-Jorge (born June 14, 1961 in Eltham) is a rock singer-songwriter. ... Beechdale is a housing estate in Walsall, England, mostly developed during the 1950s. ... For other uses, see Goldie (disambiguation). ... Map sources for Willenhall at grid reference SO9698 Willenhall is a small town in the West Midlands of England, with a population of approximately 40,000. ... St Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College (until September 2003 St Francis of Assisi RC School). ... Aldridge is a town in the West Midlands, England, in the borough of Walsall, although historically it was part of the county of Staffordshire. ... Fred Bakewell (Alfred Harry Bakewell; born November 2, 1908, Walsall, Staffordshire, England; died January 23, 1983, Westbourne, Dorset, England) was a Northamptonshire and England opening batsman who was renowned as one of the most exciting players of his time, largely owing to his unorthodox methods, which, allowed him to play... Warwickshire batsman Mike Powell A batsman in the sport of cricket is, depending on context: Any player in the act of batting. ... This article or section may contain excessive or improper use of copyrighted images and/or audio files. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Sigue Sigue Sputnik is a British pop-cyberpunk band that achieved moderate fame in the mid- to late 1980s, when the song Love Missile F1-11 hit the pop charts around the world. ... Sigue Sigue Sputnik is a British pop-cyberpunk band led by former Generation X bassist Tony James. ... Sir Henry John Newbolt (June 6, 1862 - April 19, 1938) was an English author and poet. ... Sister Dora (born Dorothy Wyndlow Pattison, 16 January 1832, at Hauxwell, Yorkshire; died 1878) was a 19th century nurse in Walsall, Staffordshire. ... Look up Yorkshire in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Colin Charvis (born December 27, 1972) is the Wales rugby union captain, and plays as a flanker. ... Queen Marys Grammar School, on Sutton Road in Walsall, England, was founded in 1554 by Queen Mary I, at which time it had about seventy pupils, all boys, and taught Classics almost exclusively. ... Rachel Unitt (born June 5, 1982 in Walsall, England) is an English football player. ... Erin OConnor is an English supermodel. ... Don Gilet is an English actor, best known for his roles in BBC productions, Babyfather, and 55 Degrees North. ... Tony Mills is an English musician and the vocalist in the Norwegian hard rock band TNT. When he was 14 years old, he sang in his first band, the punk band The Rip-Offs. ... TNT is a Norwegian hard rock band. ... Shy is a British classic rock/metal band formed in 1980 under the name Trojan, hailing from Birmingham, England // The band originally known as Trojan was a lot heavier in style than the music that made Shy an AOR staple. ... Peter Corey is the writer of a series of books whose titles always begin with These books are targeted and younger people like teenagers because they are humourous. ... Robert John Arthur Halford (born August 25, 1951) is an English singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist for the heavy metal band Judas Priest. ... For other uses, see Judas priest (curse). ... 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Twin towns

Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Mulhouse (French: Mulhouse, pronounced ; Alsatian: Milhüsa; German: Mülhausen) is a town and commune in eastern France close to Swiss and German border. ...

References

  1. ^ {{ | title = National statisitcs | url = http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadPage.do?pageId=1006&tc=1189797530390&topicSearchText=education&a=7&b=276805&c=walsall&d=13&e=5&f=19355&g=377637&i=1001x1003x1006x1005&k=education&l=1470&o=152&m=0&enc=1 }}
  2. ^ Walsall Virtual Arboretum. Walsall MBC.
  3. ^ Walsall Illuminations 2006. Walsall MBC.
  4. ^ Walsall Illuminations 2005. BBC.
  5. ^ Final chance for Illuminations. Express and Star.
  6. ^ First Direct Survey. 999 Today.
  7. ^ Walsall rejects 'ugliest town in world' tag. The BBC.
  8. ^ Charlie Lloyd’s Pilot. Paw Village Database.
  9. ^ "Comic creator: John Byrne". URL retrieved 25 July 2006.

The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC, also known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world,[citation needed] founded in 1922. ...

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Walsall cannot claim to be as historically important in the same way as Birmingham (the second city) but nonetheless it is a town that grew and prospered with the advent of the Industrial Revolution.
Although his family left Walsall within a year of Jerome's birth he never entirely severed his connections staying in later years, so it is claimed, at a house in Park Hall, and having conferred upon him the freedom of the borough on 17th February 1927, the year of his death.
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