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Encyclopedia > West Midlands (region)
West Midlands

West Midlands region shown within England
Geography
Status Region
Area
— Total
Ranked 7th
13,004 km²
NUTS 1 UKG
Demographics
Population
— Total
— Density
Ranked 5th
5,267,337 (2001)
405/km²
Government
HQ Birmingham
Assembly
— Type
West Midlands
unelected
European parliament West Midlands
Website

The West Midlands is an official Region of England, covering the western half of the Midlands. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130... The region, also known as Government Office Region, is currently the highest tier of local government subnational entity of England in the United Kingdom. ... Area is the measure of how much exposed area any two dimensional object has. ... A list of United Kingdom nations (and English regions) by area: See also List of countries by area List of United Kingdom nations by population UK topics ... To help compare sizes of different geographic regions, we list here areas between 10 km² (1000 hectares) and 100 km² (10,000 hectares). ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... The Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) is a geocode standard for referencing the administrative division of countries for statistical purposes. ... A list of United Kingdom nations (and English regions) by population as recorded by the 2001 Census: source: the 2001 census See also List of United Kingdom nations by area List of countries by population Population of England - historical population estimates National population register UK topics Categories: Demographics of the... Birmingham (pron. ... Regional Assembly is a title which has universally been adopted by the English bodies established as regional chambers under the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998. ... The West Midlands Regional Assembly (WMRA) is the regional assembly for the West Midlands region of England, established in 1999. ... West Midlands is a constituency of the European Parliament. ... The region, also known as Government Office Region, is currently the highest tier of local government subnational entity of England in the United Kingdom. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Geography

The official region contains the large conurbation that includes Birmingham and Wolverhampton, but also covers the predominantly rural shire counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. 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. ... Birmingham (pron. ... Wolverhampton is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England. ... A shire county or non-metropolitan county in England, is a county level entity which is not a metropolitan county. ... Herefordshire is a historic and ceremonial county and unitary district (known as County of Herefordshire) in the West Midlands region of England. ... Shropshire (alternatively Salop or abbreviated Shrops) is a county in the West Midlands of England. ... 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. ...


Unofficially the West Midlands region also spreads as far as Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, but these are not part of the official region. Gloucestershire (pronounced ; GLOSS-ter-sher) is a county in South West England. ... 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. ...


There is some confusion in the use of the term "West Midlands", as the name is also used for the much smaller West Midlands county, and is still used by various organisations within that area such as West Midlands Police and West Midlands Fire Service. The County of West Midlands is a metropolitan county in western central England with a population of around 2,600,000 people. ... The West Midlands county The West Midlands Police is the police force covering the West Midlands county in England. ... 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. ...


The highest point in the region is Black Mountain, at 703 metres. Black Mountain is a mountain in the Black Mountains (not to be confused with the Black Mountain range of hills). ...


Towns and cities

Major towns and cities in the West Midlands region include:

A map of the West Midlands region, showing Towns/Cities in Red, Motorways in Blue, AONBs in Light Green and National Parks in Dark Green.

Birmingham (pron. ... Map sources for Burton-upon-Trent at grid reference SK2422 Burton upon Trent also known as Burton-on-Trent, or simply Burton, is a large town straddling the River Trent in the east of Staffordshire, England, which originally grew up around the monastery of St. ... For other places with the same name, see Coventry (disambiguation). ... Map sources for Dudley at grid reference SO9390 Dudley is a town in the West Midlands, England. ... Statistics Population: 50,154 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SO515405 Administration District: Herefordshire Region: West Midlands Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Herefordshire Historic county: Herefordshire Services Police force: West Mercia Fire and rescue: {{{Fire}}} Ambulance: West Midlands Post office and telephone Post town: HEREFORD Postal... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 529 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (726 × 822 pixel, file size: 340 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) A map of the West Midlands (region), made in Photoshop by Chris Bayley. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 529 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (726 × 822 pixel, file size: 340 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) A map of the West Midlands (region), made in Photoshop by Chris Bayley. ... Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a United Kingdom. ... The United Kingdom has 14 national parks, 12 in England and Wales and 2 in Scotland. ... Canal lock, with St Mary and All Saints Church in the distance Kidderminster is a town in the Wyre Forest district of Worcestershire, England. ... Leamington Spa, properly Royal Leamington Spa but commonly just Leamington, (pronounced Lemmington — IPA: ) is a spa town in central Warwickshire, in England. ... 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. ... Newcastle-under-Lyme, known simply as castle to many local people, is a busy market town/small city in Staffordshire, England, not to be confused with the larger city of Newcastle upon Tyne. ... Nuneaton is the largest town in the English county of Warwickshire, and the borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth. ... Redditch is a town and local government district in north-east Worcestershire, England. ... Rugby is a market town in the county of Warwickshire in the West Midlands of England, on the River Avon. ... Shrewsbury (pronounced either or ) is a town of 70,560 inhabitants [1] in Shropshire, England. ... This article is about the town of Stafford, England. ... This page is about Stoke-on-Trent in England. ... Stratford-upon-Avon Stratford-upon-Avon is a town in Warwickshire, 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. ... Tamworth town centre Tamworth is a historic town and local government district in Staffordshire, England, located 27 km (17 miles) north-east of Birmingham and 198 km (123 miles) north-west of London. ... This article is about the town of Telford, Shropshire. ... New Art Gallery Walsall The traditionl market of Walsall, a Tesco nearby has had an adverse effect on the market traders, many believe Walsall is an industrial town in the West Midlands of England. ... Warwick (pronounced or War-ick (silent w in middle)) is the historic county town of Warwickshire in England and has a population of 25,434 (2001 census). ... The Public by Will Alsop. ... Wolverhampton is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England. ... 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. ...

Regional Assembly

The official representative body of the region is the West Midlands Regional Assembly which has limited administrative functions such as regional planning and economic development. The assembly is not an elected body, but is made up of members appointed from local councils across the region, and members from regional interest groups such as business and environmental groups and trade unions, known as a quango. It is based on Edward Street in Birmingham, near the National Indoor Arena. The West Midlands Regional Assembly (WMRA) is the regional assembly for the West Midlands region of England, established in 1999. ... The acronyms Qango and Quango, variously spelt out as QUAsi Non Governmental Organisation, Quasi-Autonomous Non-Governmental Organisation, and Quasi-Autonomous National Government Organisation have been used, notably in the United Kingdom, but also in Australia, Ireland and other countries, to describe a range of organisations to which governments have... The NIA The National Indoor Arena (NIA) situated in Birmingham, England was opened in 1991. ...


Local government

The official region consists of the following subdivisions: The region, also known as Government Office Region, is currently the highest tier of local government subnational entity of England in the United Kingdom. ...

Ceremonial county County/ unitary Districts
Herefordshire
Shropshire Shropshire † Bridgnorth, North Shropshire, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Atcham, South Shropshire
Telford and Wrekin
Staffordshire Staffordshire † Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Newcastle-under-Lyme, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands, Tamworth,
Stoke-on-Trent
Warwickshire North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick
West Midlands * Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Wolverhampton
Worcestershire Bromsgrove, Malvern Hills, Redditch, Worcester, Wychavon, Wyre Forest

Key: shire county = † | metropolitan county = * Herefordshire is a historic and ceremonial county and unitary district (known as County of Herefordshire) in the West Midlands region of England. ... Shropshire (alternatively Salop or abbreviated Shrops) is a county in the West Midlands of England. ... Bridgnorth is a local government district in Shropshire, England. ... North Shropshire is a local government district in Shropshire, England. ... Oswestry is a small local government district with borough status in Shropshire, England. ... Shrewsbury and Atcham is a local government district with borough status in Shropshire, England. ... South Shropshire is a local government district in south west Shropshire, England. ... Telford and Wrekin is a unitary district with borough status in the West Midlands region of England. ... Staffordshire (abbreviated Staffs) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. ... Cannock Chase is a local government district in England. ... East Staffordshire is a local government district with borough status in Staffordshire in England. ... Lichfield is a local government district in Staffordshire, England. ... Newcastle-under-Lyme is a local government district with borough status in Staffordshire, 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. ... Tamworth town centre Tamworth is a historic town and local government district in Staffordshire, England, located 27 km (17 miles) north-east of Birmingham and 198 km (123 miles) north-west of London. ... This page is about Stoke-on-Trent in England. ... A detailed map Stratford-upon-Avon Kenilworth Castle Warwickshire (pronounced //, //, or //) is a landlocked non-metropolitan county in central 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. ... Rugby is a local government district and borough in eastern Warwickshire, England. ... Stratford-on-Avon is a local government district of southern Warwickshire in England. ... Warwick is a local government district of central Warwickshire in England. ... The County of West Midlands is a metropolitan county in western central England with a population of around 2,600,000 people. ... Birmingham (pron. ... For other places with the same name, see Coventry (disambiguation). ... 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. ... Worcestershire (pronounced ; abbreviated Worcs) is a county located in the West Midlands region of central England. ... Bromsgrove is a local government district in the West Midlands of England. ... Malvern Hills is a local government district in Worcestershire, England. ... Redditch is a town and local government district in north-east Worcestershire, England. ... Worcester (pronounced ) is a city in the Midlands of England, and the county town of Worcestershire. ... Wychavon is a local government district in Worcestershire, England. ... For the woodland in Shropshire and Worcestershire, see Wyre Forest - for the district in Lancashire, see Wyre Wyre Forest is a local government district in Worcestershire, England, covering the towns of Kidderminster, Stourport-on-Severn and Bewdley. ... A shire county or non-metropolitan county in England, is a county level entity which is not a metropolitan county. ... The six metropolitan counties shown within England The metropolitan counties are a type of county-level subnational entity in current use in England. ...


Economy

Coal mining used to be the main industry of the Black Country. Nationally famous companies in the West Midlands are Cadbury's in Bournville, Birmingham; the brewing companies such as Coors Brewers in Burton on Trent, as well as Marmite and Punch Taverns. JCB is based in Staffordshire. Mitchells and Butlers, the pub chain company, National Express, and Central Trains are in Birmingham. RoSPA is based in Edgbaston, Goodyear Tyres and Dunlop Tyres are in Erdington, and Severn Trent (water) in Sheldon. E.ON UK (former Powergen), Jaguar Cars, and Volvo Cars, Peugeot UK and Thomson Holidays are in Coventry. Land Rover is in Solihull. Michelin Tyres are made in Sideway in Stoke-on-Trent. ConocoPhillips, JET (petrol), and Volvo Group are in Warwick. Bulmers Cider is in Hereford. Halfords is in Redditch. Cadbury Schweppes plc (Cadbury Trebor Bassett) is a chocolate and beverage company with its headquarters in London, UK. Jacob Schweppe developed a method to make mineral water in Geneva, Switzerland in 1783. ... 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. ... See either: Molson - Molson ( Canada) Coors - Coors ( United States) ... A jar of the British version of Marmite Marmite is a British savoury spread made from yeast extract, a by-product of beer brewing. ... Punch Taverns plc is the largest pub and bar operator in the United Kingdom, with around 9,500 tenanted and managed pubs. ... JCB is a family business named after its founder J.C.Bamford, producing distinctive yellow-and-black engineering vehicles, diggers (Backhoes) and excavators. ... An original Mitchells and Butlers Brewery pub, The Queens Arms, in central Birmingham Mitchells & Butlers plc runs managed pubs, bars and restaurants in over 2,000 outlets. ... A pub chain is a group of pubs owned by a single company, although the term usually refers to chains in the United Kingdom. ... National Express is the brand under which the majority of long distance bus and coach services in the United Kingdom are marketed, and also the company that manages this network and operates some of the services. ... Central Trains rolling stock at Liverpool Lime Street railway station Central Trains is a train operating company in the United Kingdom, running local and cross-country Citylink trains in central England. ... The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is a British charity which aims to promote safety in all fields. ... Edgbaston constituency shown within Birmingham Edgbaston is an area and ward in the city of Birmingham in England. ... Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company was founded in 1898 by Frank Seiberling. ... Dunlop Tyres is an international United Kingdom-based company founded in 1888 by John Boyd Dunlop after he invented the modern pneumatic inflatable tyre. ... Erdington constituency shown within Birmingham Erdington is an area in north Birmingham, England. ... Severn Trent plc is a British utility. ... Sheldon is one of the 40 electoral wards in Birmingham, England. ... E.ON UK is an energy company in the United Kingdom, it is a subsiduary of the German utility giant E.ON. It was formed after the takeover of Powergen Plc by E.ON. It is a vertically integrated utility company with interests in electrical generation, electricity distribution in the... Jaguar Cars is a British automobile manufacturer. ... Volvo Cars, or Volvo Personvagnar, is a well-known Swedish automobile maker founded in 1927 in the city of Gothenburg in Sweden. ... Peugeot is a major French car brand, part of PSA Peugeot Citroën. ... Thomson Holidays is a UK based travel operator and part of TUI AG. The company was founded as part of the Thomson Travel Group in 1965 following the acquisiton of various package holiday companies and the airline Britannia Airways by Roy Thomson. ... Land Rover was the name of one of the first British civilian all-terrain utility vehicles, first produced by Rover in 1947. ... 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. ... Michelin (full name: Compagnie Générale des Établissements Michelin) (Euronext: ML) based in Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne région of France, is primarily a tyre manufacturer. ... ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is an international energy company with its headquarters located in Houston, Texas. ... Jet is a filling station brand of ConocoPhillips, used in Europe. ... Volvo Cars is the car maker using the Volvo Trademark. ... Warwick (pronounced or War-ick (silent w in middle)) is the historic county town of Warwickshire in England and has a population of 25,434 (2001 census). ... Bulmers Cider was founded in 1887 in Hereford, England by Percy Bulmer, the 20-year-old son of the local rector at Credenhill, taking his mothers advice to make a career in food or drink, because neither ever go out of fashion. Using apples from the orchard at his... Halfords Group plc (LSE: HFD) is a leading retailer of car parts, car enhancement, cycles and travel solutions in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. ... Redditch is a town and local government district in north-east Worcestershire, England. ...


Education

Birmingham (8), Walsall (2), Wolverhampton (1), Warwickshire (6), Stoke on Trent (1), and Telford and Wrekin (2) have selective schools. The other counties or metropolitan boroughs do not - being completely comprehensive. Virtually all of the grammar schools are in the top twenty schools for the West Midlands. Competition for these schools can be high, with their excellent records. At GCSE, the best performing area is Solihull, followed closely by Shropshire. Herefordshire is also above the England average. The worst performing area is Sandwell, followed by Stoke-on-Trent. Wolverhampton and Walsall also do not perform well. For a metropolitan borough, Dudley performs higher than many in Birmingham. At A level, the best performing area is Herefordshire, followed by Shropshire. All the other areas of the West Midlands perform under the UK average. Solihull does not perform as well at A level as it does at GCSE. GCSE is an acronym that can refer to: General Certificate of Secondary Education global common subexpression elimination - an optimisation technique used by some compilers This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Top twenty state schools in the West Midlands (2006 A level results)

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. ... King Edward VI Camp Hill Boys and King Edward VI Camp Hill Girls (grid reference SP067813) are a pair of Grammar Schools in Kings Heath, Birmingham. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... King Edward VI Camp Hill Boys and King Edward VI Camp Hill Girls (grid reference SP067813) are a pair of Grammar Schools in Kings Heath, Birmingham. ... King Edward VI Handsworth School (grid reference SP053893) is a voluntary aided grammar school for girls aged 11-18 and is located in Handsworth, Birmingham, England. ... Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls is a fully selective girls grammar school in England situated close to Stratford-upon-Avon, the 1568 birthplace of William Shakespeare. ... King Edward VI Five Ways (KEFW) (grid reference SP000814) is a selective, humanities-specialist grammar school located in the Bartley Green area of south Birmingham, England. ... Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls is a state-funded selective grammar school and sixth form college for girls in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, West Midlands, England. ... Queen Marys High School, situated on Upper Forster Street, Walsall, is the sister school of the nearby Queen Marys Grammar School, both of which are a part of the Queen Marys Foundation. ... Picture of the Old Building at King Edward VI Aston. ... King Edward VI College King Edward VI College is a sixth form college located in Stourbridge, England, in the West Midlands area. ... Adams Grammar School is a state grammar school in Newport, Shropshire. ... Thomas Telford School is a City Technology College in Telford, Shropshire, in the United Kingdom. ... Image:HSFC.gif Hereford Sixth Form College Logo Hereford Sixth Form College is a co-educational state funded sixth form college in Hereford, England. ... Rugby High School is an American high school located in Rugby, North Dakota. ... Bishop Veseys Grammar School (BVGS) is a grammar school and Language College in the Sutton Coldfield area of Birmingham, England, one of the oldest schools in United Kingdom which celebrated its 450th anniversary in 1990. ... King Edward VI School is situated near the heart of the city of Lichfield, Staffordshire, just a five minute walk from local amenities. ...

Local media

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. ... Categories: Places of interest in Birmingham, England | Stub ... The BBC Midlands Today ident in use since September 2002 BBC Midlands Today is the BBCs regional television news programme for the West Midlands region, which is comprised of the West Midlands county, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Central Tonight is the main news programme on ITV Central. ... BBC WM is the BBC Local Radio service for the West Midlands and South Staffordshire, operated by BBC Birmingham. ... BBC Coventry and Warwickshire is the BBC Local Radio service serving the City of Coventry and the county of Warwickshire. ... BBC Radio Stoke is the BBC Local Radio service for the English city of Stoke-on-Trent and surrounding areas including north and mid-Staffordshire and south Cheshire. ... BBC Hereford and Worcester is the BBC Local Radio service for the English counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire. ... BBC Radio Shropshire is the BBC Local Radio service for the English county of Shropshire. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Beacon Radio is the name of an Independent Local Radio station in the Midlands of England, previously known as Beacon FM, and Beacon Radio 303 before that. ... Mercia FM is an Independent Local Radio broadcasting from Coventry. ... Touch FM (Burton,Lichfield and Tamworth) launched 1200 BST on Saturday April 29th 2006. ... Categories: | ... Touch FM is an Independent Local Radio station broadcasting to the town of Stratford-upon-Avon and much of the county of Warwickshire and the surrounding area in the English Midlands. ... Kerrang! 105. ... Galaxy Birmingham is a regional radio station owned by the Chrysalis Group as part of its Galaxy Network of stations specialising in dance music and RnB. It is based in Birmingham. ... 105. ... Rugby FM is an Independent Local Radio station in Warwickshire owned by the CN Group and operated as part of its South Midlands division. ... The Severn is a commercial radio station covering the Shropshire towns of Shrewsbury and Oswestry. ... 107. ... 107. ... Wyvern FM is a radio station broadcasting to Herefordshire and Worcestershire in the United Kingdom. ... // 100. ... Signal One is an Independent Local Radio station broadcasting from studios in Shelton, Stoke on Trent to Staffordshire and Cheshire on 96. ... The Birmingham Post was originally started under the name Daily Post in Birmingham, England in 1857 by John Frederick Feeney. ... The Birmingham Mail is a tabloid newspaper based in Birmingham, UK but distributed around Birmingham, The Black Country, Solihull, Warwickshire and parts of Worcestershire and Staffordshire. ... The Express & Star is a right wing leaning evening newspaper based in Wolverhampton, England, publishing 11 different editions covering the Black Country, Birmingham and areas of the wider West Midlands from Tamworth to Kidderminster. ... Categories: Possible copyright violations ... The Worcester News is a tabloid newspaper based in Worcester, UK. The Worcester newspaper, which was re-branded from the Worcester Evening News in July 2005, is the largest selling daily local newspaper in Worcester. ... The Sentinel is a local newspaper published in Stoke-on-Trent, England. ... Coventry Evening Telegraph is a UK local tabloid newspaper, founded in 1891 as Coventrys first daily newspaper. ...

External links


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West Midlands (region) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (162 words)
The West Midlands is a geographical term describing the western half of central England, known as The Midlands.
There is some confusion in the use of the term "West Midlands", as the name is also used for the much smaller West Midlands county, and is still used by various organisations within that area such as West Midlands Police and West Midlands Fire Service.
The West Midlands Region is sometimes considered to spread as far as Cheshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, but these are not part of the official region.
Birmingham UK on Wikipedia for the West Midlands region of the United Kingdom (1918 words)
The city is situated in the West Midlands conurbation, of which it forms the largest part.
Birmingham is home to two professional football teams: Aston Villa and Birmingham City (nearby West Bromwich Albion's ground The Hawthorns used to be divided by the Birmingham/ Smethwick border, but was moved completely into the latter by a minor rationalisation of local government borders in the 1960s).
The M42 motorway connects Birmingham to the East Midlands.
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