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Encyclopedia > West Midlands (county)
West Midlands
Image:EnglandWestMidlandsCounty.png
Geography
Status Ceremonial and Metropolitan county (no county council)
Origin 1974
Region West Midlands
Area
- Total
Ranked 42nd
902 km²
ONS code 2E
NUTS 3 UKG3
Demographics
Population
- Total (2005 est.)
- Density
Ranked 2nd
2,591,300
2,874 / km²
Ethnicity 72.0% White
13.4% S. Asian
6.7% Afro-Carib
5.5% Mixed Race
2.4% Other
Politics
No county council
Members of Parliament

Bob Ainsworth, Adrian Bailey, Richard Burden, Lorely Burt, Liam Byrne, Ross Cranston, Jim Cunningham, Bruce George, Roger Godsiff, Sylvia Heal, John Hemming, Lynne Jones, Khalid Mahmood, Rob Marris, Stephen McCabe, Pat McFadden, Andrew Mitchell, Ian Pearson, Ken Purchase, Geoffrey Robinson, Richard Shepherd, Clare Short, Siôn Simon, John Spellar, Caroline Spelman, Gisela Stuart, Lynda Waltho, Tom Watson, David Winnick map of admin county File links The following pages link to this file: West Midlands (county) West Midlands Police Categories: GFDL images ... The Ceremonial counties of England are areas of England that are appointed a Lord-Lieutenant, and are defined by the government with reference to the metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties of England. ... The metropolitan counties of England are counties that cover large urban areas, each with several metropolitan districts. ... The Local Government Act 1972 (1972 c. ... The region, also known as Government Office Region, is currently the highest tier of local government subnational entity of England in the United Kingdom. ... The West Midlands is a geographical term describing the western half of central England, known as the Midlands. ... This article explains the meaning of area as a Physical quantity. ... This is a List of Ceremonial counties of England by Area. ... To help compare different orders of magnitude and geographical regions, we list here areas between 100 km² and 1000 km². See also areas of other orders of magnitude. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... The Office for National Statistics coding system is a hierarchical code used in the United Kingdom for tabulating census and other statistical data. ... The Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) is a geocode standard for referencing the administrative division of countries for statistical purposes. ... In physics, Density is defined as mass m per unit volume V. Mathematically, it is expressed as where, in SI units: ρ (rho) is the density of the substance, measured in kg m-3 m is the mass of the substance, measured in kg v is the volume of the substance... This is a List of Ceremonial counties of England by Population - 2002 mid-year estimates from the Office for National Statistics, unrounded figures published by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the Entitlement Notification Reports for Revenue Support Grants [1]. See also: List of Administrative shire counties of... This is a list of MPs elected in the UK general election, 2005 to the House of Commons for the Fifty-Fourth Parliament of the United Kingdom at the United Kingdom general election, 2005, arranged by constituency. ... Robert William Ainsworth (born 19 June 1952, Coventry, West Midlands) is the British Member of Parliament for Coventry North East. ... Adrian Bailey (born December 11, British politician, and Labour and Co_operative member of Parliament for West Bromwich West. ... Richard Haines Burden (born September 1, 1954) UK politician. ... Lorely Jane Burt (born August 10, 1954) British politician. ... Liam Dominic Byrne (born October 2, 1970) is a British Labour Party politician. ... Ross Frederick Cranston (born 23 July 1948) is a lawyer and politician in the United Kingdom. ... James Dolan Cunningham (born February 4, 1941), known as Jim Cunningham, is a British Labour Party politician. ... The Right Honourable Bruce Thomas George (born June 1, 1942, Wales) is the English member of Parliament for Walsall South. ... Roger Duncan Godsiff (born June 28, 1946) is a British politician. ... Sylvia Lloyd Heal (born 20 July 1942) is a British politician. ... John Hemming John Alexander Melvin Hemming (born 16 March 1960) is a British politician, the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Yardley and Group Chair of the Liberal Democrats on the city council of Birmingham, England. ... Lynne Mary Jones (born 26 April 1951) is a British Labour Party politican and the Member of Parliament for the BirminghamSelly Oak constituency. ... Khalid Mahmood (born 13 July 1961) is a politician in the United Kingdom. ... Robert Howard Marris (born 8 April 1955) is a politician in the United Kingdom. ... Stephen James McCabe (born 4 August 1955) is a British politician. ... Patrick Bosco McFadden (born 26 March 1965, Paisley) is the Labour MP for Wolverhampton South East. ... Andrew John Bower Mitchell (born 23 March 1956) is a British Conservative politician and Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield. ... Dr Ian Phares Pearson (born 5 April 1959, West Midlands) is a politician in the United Kingdom. ... Kenneth Purchase (born 8 January 1939) is a British politician. ... Geoffrey Robinson (born May 25, 1938 in Sheffield) has been a British Member of Parliament for Coventry North West, a safe Labour seat, since a by-election on 4 March 1976 caused by the death of former MP Maurice Edelman. ... 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. ... Clare Short PC (born 15 February 1946) is a dowdy, matronly British politician and a member of the British Labour Party. ... Siôn Llewelyn Simon (born 23 December 1968) is a politician in the United Kingdom. ... The Right Honourable John Francis Spellar (born 5 August 1947, Bromley) is a politician in the United Kingdom. ... Caroline Alice Spelman (4 May 1958, East Anglia as Caroline Alice Cormack) is a Conservative politician in the United Kingdom who has served as MP for Meriden since 1997. ... Gisela Gschaider Stuart (born November 26, 1955 as Gisela Gschaider) is the member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston in the United Kingdom. ... Lynda Ellen Waltho (born May 22, 1960, London) is the Labour MP for Stourbridge. ... Thomas Anthony Watson (born 8 January 1967) is a politician in the United Kingdom. ... David Julian Winnick (born 26 June 1933) is a politician in the United Kingdom. ...

Districts
Image:WestMidlandsNumbered.png
  1. City of Wolverhampton
  2. Dudley
  3. Walsall
  4. Sandwell
  5. City of Birmingham
  6. Solihull
  7. City of Coventry

The County of West Midlands is a metropolitan county in western central England with a population of around 2,600,000 people. It was formed on April 1, 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972. The county contains three major cities, these being Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton. Other large settlements in the county include Sutton Coldfield, Solihull, and the Black Country towns of Dudley, Walsall and West Bromwich. numbered map of West Midlands (county) File links The following pages link to this file: West Midlands (county) Categories: GFDL images ... Wolverhampton is an industrial, commercial and university city and metropolitan borough in the English West Midlands, traditionally part of the county of Staffordshire. ... The Metropolitan borough of Dudley is a metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England. ... Walsall is a metropolitan borough of the county of West Midlands, England. ... Sandwell is a metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England. ... The city from above Centenary Square. ... Solihull is a metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England. ... For alternative meanings see: Coventry (disambiguation) The precinct, in Coventry city centre. ... The six metropolitan counties shown within England The metropolitan counties are a type of county-level subnational entity in current use in England. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... The Local Government Act 1972 (1972 c. ... This article is about the city in England. ... The Precinct in Coventry city centre. ... Wolverhampton is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England, traditionally part of the county of Staffordshire. ... Map sources for Sutton Coldfield at grid reference SP1395 Sutton Coldfield constituency shown within Birmingham Sutton Coldfield is a part of the City of Birmingham, England. ... Solihull (IPA: , or , or some combination of the two; occasionally ) is a large town in the West Midlands in England with a population of 94,753 [1]. It is a part of the West Midlands conurbation and is located 9 miles (14. ... The Black Country is a loosely-defined area of conurbation to the north and west of Birmingham, and to the south and east of Wolverhampton in the English West Midlands, around the South Staffordshire coalfield. ... Map sources for Dudley at grid reference SO9390 Dudley is a town in the West Midlands, England. ... New Art Gallery Walsall Walsall is an industrial town in the West Midlands of England. ... Map sources for West Bromwich at grid reference SO9992 West Bromwich is a town in the English county of the West Midlands, five miles north west of Birmingham lying on the A41 London to Holyhead trunk road. ...


The West Midlands no longer has a county council, as the former West Midlands County Council was abolished in 1986, although the county remains in legal existence, and is still a ceremonial county. The county is sometimes described as the "West Midlands metropolitan area" or the "West Midlands conurbation", although these have different, and less clearly defined, boundaries. The conurbation, or urban area, does not include Coventry for example. The seven metropolitan boroughs, along with the nearby unitary authority of Telford and Wrekin are starting to collaborate as a non-statutory city region under the name "Birmingham, Coventry and the Black Country".[1] In the British Isles, a county council is a council that governs a county. ... The West Midlands County Council (WMCC) was the former upper-tier administrative body for the West Midlands county, a metropolitan county in England. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Ceremonial counties of England are areas of England that are appointed a Lord-Lieutenant, and are defined by the government with reference to the metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties of England. ... Metropolitan area in Western Tokyo as seen from Tokyo Tower A metropolitan area is a large population center consisting of a large city and its adjacent zone of influence, or of several neighboring cities or towns and adjoining areas, with one or more large cities serving as its hub or... 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. ... Telford and Wrekin is a unitary district with borough status in the West Midlands region of England. ... The term city region has been in use since about 1950 by urbanists, economists and urban planners to mean not just the administrative area of a recognisable city or conurbation but also its hinterland that will often be far bigger. ...


The name "West Midlands" is also used for the much larger West Midlands region, which sometimes causes confusion. The West Midlands is a geographical term describing the western half of central England, known as the Midlands. ...

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Geography

The West Midlands borders the counties of Warwickshire to the east, Worcestershire to the south, and Staffordshire to the north. A detailed map Stratford-upon-Avon Kenilworth Castle Warwickshire (pronounced //, //, or //) is a landlocked non-metropolitan county in central England. ... Worcestershire (pronounced ; abbreviated Worcs) is a county located in the West Midlands region of central England. ... Staffordshire (abbreviated Staffs) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. ...


The West Midlands is one of the most heavily urbanised counties in the UK. Birmingham, Wolverhampton, the Black Country and Solihull together form the largest conurbation in the UK outside London, with a combined population of around 2.27 million. This article is about the city in England. ... Wolverhampton is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England, traditionally part of the county of Staffordshire. ... The Black Country is a loosely-defined area of conurbation to the north and west of Birmingham, and to the south and east of Wolverhampton in the English West Midlands, around the South Staffordshire coalfield. ... Solihull (IPA: , or , or some combination of the two; occasionally ) is a large town in the West Midlands in England with a population of 94,753 [1]. It is a part of the West Midlands conurbation and is located 9 miles (14. ... A conurbation is an urban area comprising a number of cities, towns and villages which, through population growth and expansion, have physically merged to form one continuous built up area. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


The West Midlands is not entirely urban; Coventry is separated from the Birmingham urban area, by stretch of green belt land roughly 15 miles across known as the "Meriden Gap", which retains a strongly rural character. The Precinct in Coventry city centre. ... For other uses of the word Greenbelt, see Greenbelt (disambiguation). ... A largely rural area which is located in the West Midlands, UK between Solihull and Coventry which divides the later from large West Midlands Conurbation which includes the cities of Birmingham and Wolverhampton. ...


A smaller piece of green belt between Birmingham, Walsall and West Bromwich includes Barr Beacon and the Sandwell Valley. Barr Beacon is a hill on the edge of Walsall, West Midlands, England, very near the border with Birmingham. ... Sandwell Valley is an area of green belt in the West Midlands of England, on the border of Birmingham and West Bromwich, with Walsall at its northern end. ...


History

Main article: History of West Midlands.

Although the modern county has only existed since 1974, the settlements of the West Midlands have long been important centres of commerce and industry. Coventry was one of England's most important cities during the Middle Ages, with its prosperity built upon wool and cloth manufacture. Birmingham and Wolverhampton have a tradition of industry dating back to the 16th century when small metal working industries developed. Birmingham was known for its manufacture of small arms, whereas Wolverhampton became a centre of lock manufacture and brass working. The coal and iron ore deposits of the Black Country area provided a ready source of raw material. The area grew rapidly during the industrial revolution, and by the 20th century had grown into one large conurbation. Coventry was slower to develop, but by the early 20th century had became an important centre of bicycle and car manufacture. Most of the area now covered by the West Midlands was historically covered by other counties. ... The Precinct in Coventry city centre. ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times, beginning with the Renaissance. ... This article is about the city in England. ... Wolverhampton is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England, traditionally part of the county of Staffordshire. ... (15th century - 16th century - 17th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 to 1600. ... Small arms captured in Fallujah, Iraq by the US Marine Corps in 2004 The term small arms generally describes any number of smaller infantry weapons, such as firearms that an individual soldier can carry. ... The Black Country is a loosely-defined area of conurbation to the north and west of Birmingham, and to the south and east of Wolverhampton in the English West Midlands, around the South Staffordshire coalfield. ... A Watt steam engine. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999...


The area straddles the historic border between the counties of Warwickshire (Birmingham and Coventry), Staffordshire (the north), Worcestershire (the south). A detailed map Stratford-upon-Avon Kenilworth Castle Warwickshire (pronounced //, //, or //) is a landlocked non-metropolitan county in central England. ... Staffordshire (abbreviated Staffs) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. ... Worcestershire (pronounced ; abbreviated Worcs) is a county located in the West Midlands region of central England. ...


1966 saw a substantial reform in the local government of the area as the patchwork of county boroughs with municipal boroughs and urban districts in between was replaced by a core of county boroughs covering a contiguous area, roughly as follows: County borough was a term introduced in 1889 in the United Kingdom to refer to a borough or a city independent of county administration. ... A borough is a political division originally used in England. ... In the British Isles an urban district was a type of local government district which covered an urbanised area. ...

Around the periphery of this area, three other towns remained separate (Halesowen, Stourbridge and Sutton Coldfield), while Aldridge and Brownhills joined to form a single unit, called Aldridge-Brownhills. This article is about the city in England. ... 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. ... Coseley was originally a village in the ancient manor of Sedgley. ... Sedgley is a town in the West Midlands of England, but formerly in Staffordshire. ... Solihull (IPA: , or , or some combination of the two; occasionally ) is a large town in the West Midlands in England with a population of 94,753 [1]. It is a part of the West Midlands conurbation and is located 9 miles (14. ... New Art Gallery Walsall Walsall is an industrial town in the West Midlands of England. ... 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. ... Darlaston is a town in Walsall in the West Midlands of England. ... Warley was a county borough formed in 1966 by the combination of the existing county borough of Smethwick with the towns of Oldbury and Rowley Regis. ... Smethwick (pronounced Smethick) is a town adjacent to Birmingham and West Bromwich in England. ... Map sources for Oldbury at grid reference SP3194 Oldbury is a town in Englands Black Country. ... Map sources for Rowley Regis at grid reference SO9687 Rowley Regis is a town in the Sandwell borough of the West Midlands county, and a part of the Black Country. ... Map sources for West Bromwich at grid reference SO9992 West Bromwich is a town in the English county of the West Midlands, five miles north west of Birmingham lying on the A41 London to Holyhead trunk road. ... For the legal principle of similar name, 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. ... Wolverhampton is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England, traditionally part of the county of Staffordshire. ... Map sources for Bilston at grid reference SO9497 Bilston is a town in Englands West Midlands. ... Map sources for Wednesfield at grid reference SJ9400 Wednesfield (population about 35,000) is a town in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. ... Tettenhall is a historic part of the city of Wolverhampton, England. ... Statistics Population: 57,918 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SO9583 Administration District: Dudley Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan county: West Midlands Region: West Midlands Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: West Midlands Historic county: Shropshire (until 1844) Worcestershire (until 1974) Services Police force: West Midlands Police Fire and... Statistics Population: 54,661 (1991) Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SO899844 Administration District: Dudley Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan county: West Midlands Region: West Midlands Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: West Midlands Historic county: Worcestershire (Until 1974) Services Police force: West Midlands Police Ambulance service: West Midlands... Map sources for Sutton Coldfield at grid reference SP1395 Sutton Coldfield constituency shown within Birmingham Sutton Coldfield is a part of the City of Birmingham, England. ... Map sources for Aldridge at grid reference SK0500 Aldridge is a town in the West Midlands, England, in the borough of Walsall, although historically it was part of the county of Staffordshire. ... Brownhills is a town in the West Midlands of England. ... Aldridge-Brownhills is a British parliamentary constituency in the West Midlands consisting of the wards of: Aldridge North and Walsall Wood, Aldridge South and Central, Brownhills, Hatherton Rushall, Pelsall and Streetly. ...


A single West Midlands Constabulary was formed for the Black Country county boroughs, whilst Birmingham retained its Birmingham City Police and Solihull continued being policed by Warwickshire Constabulary. The West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority was established in 1968. The West Midlands Police is the Home Office police force responsible for policing the metropolitan county of West Midlands in England. ... Birmingham City Police was a police force responsible for policing the city of Birmingham in the West Midlands of England until 1974, when it was amalgamated under the Local Government Act 1972 with West Midlands Constabulary and parts other forces to form the West Midlands Police. ... Warwickshire Police is the Home Office police force responsible for policing Warwickshire in England. ... The West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive (WMPTE), better known as Centro, is the Passenger Transport Executive responsible for promoting and co-ordinating public transport services throughout the West Midlands county in England. ...


In 1974, the Local Government Act 1972 came into effect, creating the metropolitan county of West Midlands. This area was based on the seven county boroughs and the other non-county boroughs and urban districts around the fringe of the conurbation. The new area consisted of seven new metropolitan boroughs, with Aldridge-Brownhills added to Walsall; Halesowen and Stourbridge to Dudley and Sutton Coldfield to Birmingham. A new borough of Sandwell was formed by the merger of West Bromwich and Warley (the actual designation of Warley itself was abolished and the three towns of Smethwick, Oldbury and Rowley Regis reinstated as component parts of Sandwell). Solihull took in much of the suburban fringe to the east of Birmingham, including the former villages of Chelmsley Wood and Castle Bromwich, also Birmingham Airport, and the area of countryside between Solihull and Coventry, whilst Coventry itself and Wolverhampton were more-or-less unaltered. The Local Government Act 1972 (1972 c. ... Sandwell is a metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England. ... Chelmsley Wood is a large council estate in the North of the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull, in the West Midlands area, with a population of approximately 40,000. ... Castle Bromwich is a large village situated within the northern part of the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull in the English West Midlands area. ... There is also a airport located on the border of the city of Birmingham and borough of Solihull (and mostly in the latter) in the West Midlands, England. ...


This led to (apart from in the east, with Coventry and the Meriden Gap) quite a tightly defined metropolitan border, excluding such places as Burntwood, Bromsgrove, Cannock, Kidderminster, Lichfield and Wombourne which had been considered for inclusion in the West Midlands metropolitan area by the Redcliffe-Maud Report. Burntwood is a town in Staffordshire, England, lying in the Cannock Chase area approximately four miles east of Lichfield. ... Statistics Population: 87,900 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SO960708 Administration District: Bromsgrove Shire county: Worcestershire Region: West Midlands Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Worcestershire Historic county: Worcestershire Services Police force: West Mercia Police Fire and rescue: {{{Fire}}} Ambulance: West Midlands Post office and telephone... Map sources for Cannock at grid reference SJ9810 Cannock is a town in Staffordshire, just north of the West Midlands conurbation. ... Statistics Population: 55,348 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SO831767 Administration District: Wyre Forest Shire county: Worcestershire Region: West Midlands Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Worcestershire Historic county: Worcestershire Services Police force: West Mercia Police Fire and rescue: Hereford and Worcester Fire & Rescue Service Ambulance... The West Front of Lichfield Cathedral, June 2005 Lichfield (Welsh: Caerlwytgoed) is a small city and civil parish in Staffordshire, 110 miles northwest of London and 14 miles north of Birmingham. ... Wombourne (sometimes spelt Wombourn) is a large village and civil parish (sometimes claimed to be the largest village in England) located in the district of South Staffordshire, 6km (4 miles) south-west of Wolverhampton. ... Local government in England as proposed by the report. ...


The 1974 reform created a West Midlands County Council that covered the entire area and dealt with strategic issues. A new West Midlands Police force was formed covering the entire area, with the West Midlands Constabulary and Birmingham City Police abolished, and also taking over responsibility from the county forces. The West Midlands County Council (WMCC) was the former upper-tier administrative body for the West Midlands county, a metropolitan county in England. ... The West Midlands county The West Midlands Police is the police force covering the West Midlands county in England. ...


Margaret Thatcher's government abolished the metropolitan county councils with the Local Government Act 1985, in 1986, causing the seven metropolitan boroughs to become de facto unitary authorities with most of the county councils' functions given to the district councils. Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS (born 13 October 1925), was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. ... The Local Government Act 1985 was an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom. ... A unitary authority is a type of local authority, which has a single tier and is responsible for all local government functions within its area. ... In the British Isles, a county council is a council that governs a county. ...


Local government

Metropolitan boroughs

The West Midlands is divided into seven districts called metropolitan boroughs, these are: Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton (see map). Three of these boroughs (Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton) have city status. The districts of England are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government. ... A metropolitan borough (or metropolitan district) is a type of local government district in England, covering urban areas within metropolitan counties. ... This article is about the city in England. ... The Precinct in Coventry city centre. ... The Metropolitan borough of Dudley is a metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England. ... Sandwell is a metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England. ... Solihull is a metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England. ... Walsall is a metropolitan borough of the county of West Midlands, England. ... Wolverhampton is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England, traditionally part of the county of Staffordshire. ... Historically, city status was associated with the presence of a cathedral, such as York Minster. ...


Between 1974 and 1986 the county had a two-tier system of local government, and the seven districts shared power with the county council. However when the county council was abolished in 1986, most of its functions were devolved to the districts which effectively became unitary authorities, with responsibility for most local authority functions. The West Midlands County Council (WMCC) was the former upper-tier administrative body for the West Midlands county, a metropolitan county in England. ... A unitary authority is a type of local authority, which has a single tier and is responsible for all local government functions within its area. ...


County-wide services

Although the county council was abolished, some local services continue to be run on a county-wide basis, administered by joint-boards, of the seven districts. These are: There is no single system of local government in the United Kingdom. ...

These joint-boards are made up of councillors appointed from each of the seven West Midlands district councils. In addition to this the West Midlands Joint Committee exists as a joint body of the seven districts to co-ordinate matters such as roads and planning. The seven West Midlands councils jointly produce a county wide Local Transport Plan [2] The West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive (WMPTE), better known as Centro, is the Passenger Transport Executive responsible for promoting and co-ordinating public transport services throughout the West Midlands county in England. ... Skytrain Bangkok. ... The West Midlands county The West Midlands Police is the police force covering the West Midlands county in England. ... Police authority - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... The West Midlands Fire Service is the statutory fire and rescue service responsible for fire protection, prevention, intervention and emergency rescue in the West Midlands county in England. ... Local Transport Plans (LTPs) are an important part of Transportation Planning within the United Kingdom. ...


The boroughs jointly own a share in Birmingham International Airport, which used to be owned by the county council. Birmingham International Airport (IATA: BHX, ICAO: EGBB) is a major airport located 5. ...


Towns and villages

Image File history File links Arms of the West Midlands This image depicts a seal, an emblem, a coat of arms or a crest. ... Image File history File links Arms of the West Midlands This image depicts a seal, an emblem, a coat of arms or a crest. ... The West Midlands County Council (WMCC) was the former upper-tier administrative body for the West Midlands county, a metropolitan county in England. ... Map sources for Aldridge at grid reference SK0500 Aldridge is a town in the West Midlands, England, in the borough of Walsall, although historically it was part of the county of Staffordshire. ... Balsall Common is a moderately-sized village in the borough of Solihull, nestling between the cities of Coventry and Birmingham in the West Midlands. ... 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 Bilston at grid reference SO9497 Bilston is a town in Englands West Midlands. ... This article is about the city in England. ... Map sources for Blackheath at grid reference SO9786 Blackheath Marketplace Blackheath is a town in Englands Black Country, part of the metropolitan borough of Sandwell. ... Map sources for Brierley Hill at grid reference SO9286 Brierley Hill is a town in Dudley Metropolitan Borough, West Midlands, England. ... The Precinct in Coventry city centre. ... Dorridge is a village in the West Midlands borough of Solihull, England. ... Map sources for Dudley at grid reference SO9390 Dudley is a town in the West Midlands, England. ... Statistics Population: 57,918 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SO9583 Administration District: Dudley Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan county: West Midlands Region: West Midlands Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: West Midlands Historic county: Shropshire (until 1844) Worcestershire (until 1974) Services Police force: West Midlands Police Fire and... Hampton-in-Arden is a small village in the metropolitan borough of Solihull, in the West Midlands of England, although previously it was in Warwickshire. ... Little Aston is an affluent area of the district of Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, but is separated from the city of Lichfield by open country. ... Marston Green is a town of around 8000 residents in the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull in the West Midlands, approximately 7 miles from Birmingham. ... Meriden is a village in the metropolitan borough of Solihull, West Midlands, England, midway between Birmingham and Coventry, approximately 5 miles away from Birmingham International Airport. ... Map sources for Oldbury at grid reference SP3194 Oldbury is a town in Englands Black Country. ... Map sources for Rowley Regis at grid reference SO9687 Rowley Regis is a town in the Sandwell borough of the West Midlands county, and a part of the Black Country. ... Sedgley is a town in the West Midlands of England, but formerly in Staffordshire. ... Smethwick (pronounced Smethick) is a town adjacent to Birmingham and West Bromwich in England. ... Solihull (IPA: , or , or some combination of the two; occasionally ) is a large town in the West Midlands in England with a population of 94,753 [1]. It is a part of the West Midlands conurbation and is located 9 miles (14. ... Statistics Population: 54,661 (1991) Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SO899844 Administration District: Dudley Metropolitan Borough Metropolitan county: West Midlands Region: West Midlands Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: West Midlands Historic county: Worcestershire (Until 1974) Services Police force: West Midlands Police Ambulance service: West Midlands... Map sources for Sutton Coldfield at grid reference SP1395 Sutton Coldfield constituency shown within Birmingham Sutton Coldfield is a part of the City of Birmingham, England. ... Streetly is an area of Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, England. ... 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. ... New Art Gallery Walsall Walsall is an industrial town in the West Midlands of England. ... Map sources for Wednesfield at grid reference SJ9400 Wednesfield (population about 35,000) is a town in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. ... For the legal principle of similar name, see Wednesbury unreasonableness. ... Map sources for West Bromwich at grid reference SO9992 West Bromwich is a town in the English county of the West Midlands, five miles north west of Birmingham lying on the A41 London to Holyhead trunk road. ... Wolverhampton is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England, traditionally part of the county of Staffordshire. ...

Places of interest

Aston Hall, after the coming of the railways, in 1851 Aston Hall is a Jacobean-style mansion in Aston, Birmingham, England, completed in 1635. ... Bescot Stadium, situated in Walsall, England, is the home ground of Walsall Football Club. ... Walsall Football Club are a professional football club based in Walsall in the West Midlands, their stadium is called the Bescot Stadium and they are in the English Coca-Cola Football League One. ... 2003 Bull Ring _ St Martins church and Selfridges The Bull Ring market has been an important feature of Birmingham since the Middle Ages. ... Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Opened in 1885, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BM&AG), in Birmingham, England, has a collection of international importance covering fine art, ceramics, metalwork, jewellery, archaeology, ethnography, local and industrial history. ... The Birmingham Hippodrome is a theatre situated on Hurst Street in Birmingham, England. ... The Birmingham Railway Museum Trust operates two subsidiaries: Tyseley Locomotive Works and Vintage Trains. ... The second Birmingham Wheel The Wheel of Birmingham, generally known as the Birmingham Wheel was a 60m ferris wheel in Centenary Square, Birmingham, England, owned by World Tourist Attractions Ltd. ... The Black Country Living Museum is located in Dudley in the West Midlands in England. ... Blakesley Hall is a Tudor hall on Blakesley Road in Yardley, Birmingham. ... Cadbury World is a visitor attraction created by the Cadbury chocolate company at two locations: Birmingham, England Dunedin, New Zealand The tour includes exhibits on the history of chocolate, the Cadbury company, chocolate making, and other topics, as well as product samples, a childrens area, etc. ... Bournville is an area on the south side of Birmingham, best known for its connections with the Cadbury family and chocolate - including a dark chocolate bar branded Bournville. It is also home to a campus of the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. ... The roofless ruins of the old cathedral. ... The SkyDome Arena is a 3,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Coventry, England. ... The Museums entrance The Coventry Transport Museum (formerly known as the Museum of British Road Transport) is a major motor museum, located in Coventry, England. ... Dudley Castle is a ruined castle in the town of Dudley, West Midlands, England. ... Dudley Zoo is located within the grounds of Dudley Castle in the town of Dudley which is part of the Black Country in the West Midlands, United Kingdom. ... Edgbaston Cricket Ground (sometimes called Edgbaston Stadium) is a cricket venue in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham, England. ... The International Convention Centre is a major conference venue in central Birmingham, England. ... Symphony Hall is a concert venue located inside the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham, England. ... Molineux stadium is the home ground of Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., who are currently members of the Football League Championship. ... Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. is an English football club playing at Molineux. ... The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is the seventh largest exhibition centre in Europe, located in Solihull, near Birmingham, England. ... The NIA The National Indoor Arena (NIA) situated in Birmingham, England was opened in 1991. ... Netherton Tunnel Branch Canal in the West Midlands, is part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations, (BCN). ... Perrotts Folly Perrotts Folly, grid reference SP047862, also known as The Monument, or The Observatory, is a 29-metre (96-foot) tall tower, built in 1758. ... The Ricoh Arena, home to Coventry City F.C., is a complex situated in Foleshill in the north of Coventry, containing a 32,500 seater football stadium, a 6,000 square-metre exhibition hall, a hotel, a leisure club and a planned casino. ... Coventry City Football Club, otherwise known as the Sky Blues due to the traditional colour of their strip (which itself is sky blue in honour of the sky blue cloth traditionally made in the city). ... Sarehole Mill Sarehole Mill Sarehole Mill (grid reference SP099818) is a Grade II listed water mill (in an area once called Sarehole) on the River Cole in Hall Green, Birmingham, England. ... The National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham, England is an aquarium with over 60 displays of freshwater and marine life. ... St. ... Birmingham City Football Club are an English football club who will play in the Coca Cola Championship as of next season. ... The Hawthorns is the home of West Bromwich Albion F.C. in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England. ... West Bromwich Albion Football Club is an English football club that plays in the Football League Championship. ... This article is about the institution. ... Millennium Point is a complex in Birmingham, situated in the developing Eastside of the city centre. ... Villa Park, in Birmingham, England; is the stadium at which Aston Villa Football Club play their home games. ... Aston Villa redirects here. ... The New Art Gallery is sited in the centre of the West Midlands town of Walsall, England. ... Wightwick Manor is one of only a few surviving examples of a house built and furnished under the influence of the Arts and Crafts Movement. ...

Education

The West Midlands contains 6 universities;

Though Warwick and Birmingham are considered the most prestigious of the universities in the area, all have a large intake of students from around the country. Website http://www. ... Aston University is a Red Brick University founded in 1895 whose campus is situated at Gosta Green in the city centre of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. ... The University of Central England in Birmingham (UCE) is located in Birmingham, England. ... The University of Warwick coat of arms The University of Warwick is one of the leading universities in the United Kingdom. ... Coventry University is a forward-looking, modern University with a proud tradition as a provider of high quality education and a focus for multidisciplinary research. ... The University of Wolverhampton is a British university, located on four campuses across the West Midlands and Shropshire. ...


See also

  • List of Wikipedia images of the West Midlands
  • Category:Visitor attractions in Birmingham, England

External links

  • Photographs of Birmingham and the West Midlands
  • Identity in the West Midlands
  • West Midlands Joint Commitee
  • West Midlands NO! Campaign
  • West Midlands Groups Communities


Districts of the West Midlands

Birmingham | Bridgnorth | Bromsgrove | Cannock Chase | Coventry | Dudley | East Staffordshire | Herefordshire | Lichfield | Malvern Hills | Newcastle-under-Lyme | North Shropshire | North Warwickshire | Nuneaton and Bedworth | Oswestry | Redditch | Rugby | Sandwell | Shrewsbury and Atcham | Solihull | South Shropshire | South Staffordshire | Stafford | Staffordshire Moorlands | Stoke-on-Trent | Stratford-on-Avon | Tamworth | Telford and Wrekin | Walsall | Warwick | Wolverhampton | Worcester | Wychavon | Wyre Forest The districts of England are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government. ... The West Midlands is a geographical term describing the western half of central England, known as the Midlands. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... This article is about the city in England. ... Bridgnorth is a local government district in Shropshire, England. ... Bromsgrove is a local government district in the West Midlands of England. ... Cannock Chase is a local government district in England. ... The Precinct in Coventry city centre. ... The Metropolitan borough of Dudley is a metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England. ... East Staffordshire is a local government district with borough status in Staffordshire in England. ... Herefordshire is a historic and ceremonial county and unitary district (known as County of Herefordshire) in the West Midlands region of England. ... Lichfield is a local government district in Staffordshire, England. ... Malvern Hills is a local government district in Worcestershire, England. ... Newcastle-under-Lyme is a local government district with borough status in Staffordshire, England. ... North Shropshire is a local government district in Shropshire, England. ... North Warwickshire is a local government district and borough in Warwickshire, England. ... Nuneaton and Bedworth is a local government district with borough status in Warwickshire, England, consisting of the towns Nuneaton, Bedworth, Bulkington and their surrounding countryside. ... Oswestry is a small local government district with borough status in Shropshire, England. ... Church Green and St. ... Rugby is a local government district and borough in eastern Warwickshire, England. ... Sandwell is a metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England. ... Shrewsbury and Atcham is a local government district with borough status in Shropshire, England. ... The Metropolitan Borough of Solihull is a metropolitan borough in the county of West Midlands in England. ... South Shropshire is a local government district in south west Shropshire, England. ... South Staffordshire is a local government district in Staffordshire, England. ... Stafford is a local government district with borough status in Staffordshire in England. ... Staffordshire Moorlands is a local government district in Staffordshire, England. ... This page is about Stoke-on-Trent in England. ... Stratford-on-Avon is a local government district of southern Warwickshire in England. ... Tamworth town centre Tamworth is a historic town and local government district in Staffordshire, UK, located 27 km (17 miles) northeast of Birmingham and 198 km (123 miles) northwest of London. ... Telford and Wrekin is a unitary district with borough status in the West Midlands region of England. ... The Metropolitan borough of Walsall is a metropolitan borough of the county of West Midlands, England. ... Warwick is a local government district of central Warwickshire in England. ... Wolverhampton is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England, traditionally part of the county of Staffordshire. ... The city of Worcester (pronounced Wuh-ster) is the county town of Worcestershire in England; the river Severn runs through the middle, with the citys large Worcester Cathedral overlooking the river. ... Wychavon is a local government district in Worcestershire, England. ... Wyre Forest is a local government district in Worcestershire, England, covering the towns of Kidderminster, Stourport-on-Severn and Bewdley. ...

Counties with multiple districts: Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government. ... Shropshire (alternatively Salop or abbreviated Shrops) is an English county in the West Midlands region of the United Kingdom. ... Staffordshire (abbreviated Staffs) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. ... A detailed map Stratford-upon-Avon Kenilworth Castle Warwickshire (pronounced //, //, or //) is a landlocked non-metropolitan county in central England. ... Worcestershire (pronounced ; abbreviated Worcs) is a county located in the West Midlands region of central England. ...

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The Ceremonial counties of England are areas of England that are appointed a Lord-Lieutenant, and are defined by the government with reference to the metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties of England. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... The Lieutenancies Act 1997 (1997 c. ... Bedfordshire is a county in England and forms part of the East of England region. ... Berks redirects here. ... Bristol (IPA: ) is a city, unitary authority and ceremonial county in South West England, 115 miles (185 km) west of London and between the cities of Bath, Gloucester and the borough of Swindon. ... Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is one of the home counties in South East England. ... Cambridgeshire (abbreviated Cambs) is a county in England, bordering Lincolnshire to the north, Norfolk to the northeast, Suffolk to the east, Essex and Hertfordshire to the south, and Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to the west. ... The Cheshire Plain - photo taken adjacent to Beeston Castle The Cheshire Plain - photo taken towards Merseyside The Cheshire Plain panorama - photo taken from Mid-Cheshire Ridge Cattle farming in the county Black-and-white timbered buildings on Nantwich High Street Cheshire (or, archaically, the County of Chester)[1] is a... Cornwall (Cornish: Kernow) is a county in South West England, United Kingdom, on the peninsula that lies to the west of the River Tamar. ... Cumbria is a county in the North West region of England. ... Derbyshire is a county in the East Midlands of England. ... Devon is a large county in South West England, bordered by Cornwall to the west, Dorset and Somerset to the east. ... Dorset (pronounced DOR-sit or [dÉ”.sÉ™t], and sometimes in the past called Dorsetshire) is a county in the south-west of England, on the English Channel coast. ... County Durham is a county in north-east England. ... 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North Yorkshire is a non-metropolitan or shire county, located in the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England in the United Kingdom, and a ceremonial county in that region and also partly in North East England. ... Nottinghamshire (abbreviated Notts) is an English county in the East Midlands, which borders South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire. ... Oxfordshire (abbreviated Oxon, from the Latinised form Oxonia) is a county in the South East of England, bordering on Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and Warwickshire. ... Oakham Castle Rutland is traditionally Englands smallest county and is bounded on the west and north by Leicestershire, northeast by Lincolnshire, and southeast by Northamptonshire. ... Shropshire (alternatively Salop or abbreviated Shrops) is an English county in the West Midlands region of the United Kingdom. ... Somerset is a county in the south-west of England. ... South Yorkshire is a metropolitan and ceremonial county in the Yorkshire and the Humber Government Office Region of England, in the United Kingdom. ... Staffordshire (abbreviated Staffs) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. ... Suffolk (pronounced ) is a large historic and modern non-metropolitan county in the East Anglia region of eastern England. ... Not to be confused with Surry. ... Tyne and Wear is a metropolitan county in the North East of England around the mouths of the Rivers Tyne and Wear. ... A detailed map Stratford-upon-Avon Kenilworth Castle Warwickshire (pronounced //, //, or //) is a landlocked non-metropolitan county in central England. ... West Sussex is a county in the south of England, bordering onto East Sussex (with Brighton and Hove), Hampshire and Surrey. ... West Yorkshire is a metropolitan county in the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England. ... Wiltshire (abbreviated Wilts) is a large southern English county. ... Worcestershire (pronounced ; abbreviated Worcs) is a county located in the West Midlands region of central England. ...


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