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To traditionalists the Black Country is the area where the coal seam comes to the surface - so West Bromwich, Oldbury, Blackheath, Cradley Heath, Old Hill, Bilston, Dudley, Tipton, Wednesfield and parts of Halesowen, Wednesbury and Walsall but not Wolverhampton, Stourbridge and Smethwick or what used to be known as Warley.
I think the BBC has pretty much summed up the Black Country.The poet William Shenstone lived in Halesowen as did the writer Francis Brett Young, who celebrated the industrial Black Country and city of Birmingham in his novels.Poet Sir Henry Newbolt was born in Baldwin Street, Bradley.Everyone I meet down south calls me a "brummy" which drives me mental! Whenever I tell them that there is a huge difference between Birmingham and the Black Country they just think I am making some kind of racist comment!!I don't think they realise that it is as offensive as me telling some posh dude that has grown up in Chiswick, that they are a Cockney!My definition of the black countryman is a hard working and honest man who puts pride and respect above wealth a man of honour who would give his life for family and country.
sadly they are a dying breed instead of those men we have a mixture of people who do not understand the qualities i have mentioned let alone displayed them.
I have also written an account of my childhood in the blackcountry.
I was always yold the heart of the black country was Tipton however i have always thought it was more dudley sedgley way. It’s in Bushbury Ay it It must be because I was born there I’m a black country Mon don’t you know. It’s on top of a seam of coal that lies just under ground It’s where the sky glows red and the foundry chimneys belch black It’s where Pit head wheel spin day and night.
The Blackcountry is where a Blackcountry man says it is an woe betide anybody who says any different Described as the Blackcountry but full of the most colourful characters that yow would ever waant ter meet includin me a Quarry Bonker I was born in Sedgley in 1946 and lived at the shop, 1 Temple St.
Lower Gornal until 1948 when my parents bought a shop in Dudley Wood.
That evening, several of the plotters were injured by an accidental explosion which occurred while they were drying powder in front of an open fire.