Dudley is a large market town that grew along Castle Street and High Street in the shadow of Dudley Castle. It became an industrial centre because of the local deposits of coal, iron ore and limestone. There were iron works and the manufacturing of a wide range of products, but today many of the industries have gone.

Tourism is important to the local economy thanks to Dudley Zoo and castle, the Black Country Living Museum, the 12th century priory ruins, Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust, Dudley Museum, in Tipton Road, which shares the building with Dudley Archives, and last but not least, Wren's Nest Nature Reserve, which is now a site of special scientific interest. Dudley is sometimes called the capital of the Black Country.

Dudley market, which opens from Monday to Saturday is popular with locals, many of whom also take advantage of the wide variety of shops in the area around the Market Place.

The population is listed in the 2011 census as 79,379.


The Market Place in about 1900. From an old postcard.

 

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