The Bridge

This is the story of a successful Black Country industrial town, which grew into one of the larger municipalities in the area. It rapidly grew thanks to the plentiful coal, iron, and limestone deposits that were essential for the early development of the manufacturing industries, which produced numerous metal goods of all kinds. The town also became known for its many leather goods, such as saddles and bridle ware, and locally for its excellent shopping centre and market.

Famous inhabitants include Jerome K. Jerome author of ‘Three Men in a Boat’, and Sister Dora the celebrated nurse.

Walsall now covers a large area due to the boundary changes in 1966, and has a modern purpose-built art galley, an excellent central museum, and a leather museum. In recent times the town centre has seen many changes, much investment, and continues to be a magnet for local shoppers.

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