snapshot in time. The latter years of the
Municipal Borough of Wednesbury
By the late 1950s the population of
the town had reached around 35,000. It was still an
affluent manufacturing town, thanks to the many large
and successful factories that covered the area. Because
jobs were plentiful, unemployment was low, and locals
greatly benefited from the many employment opportunities
in the area.
The town had a thriving shopping
centre, with a wide variety of shops, selling almost
everything from day to day items, to luxury goods. The
market was extremely popular, and always crowded on the
two market days, Friday and Saturday.
The Market Place.
Public transport was good, thanks
to the two railway stations, and the many buses that
frequently passed through the town, offering quick and
reliable transport to the neighbouring areas.
There were many places to visit in
the evening, including cinemas, a theatre, pubs, and
clubs of all kinds. The local parks were well tended,
and the larger factories had sports and social clubs
catering for their employees. There were also
educational possibilities thanks to evening classes in
commercial and technical colleges.
All-in-all it was a vibrant town, a
good place to live, work, and play, far more
self-contained than it is today.
This section is based on information
obtained from some of the Wednesbury town guides and
handbooks from the late 1950s and early 1960s.