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West Bromwich sits in the borough of Sandwell, which was created in 1974 from six towns: Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Tipton, Wednesbury and West Bromwich. The name Sandwell comes from Sandwell Priory, which was founded in the 1100s. The ruins of the priory can be seen in Sandwell Valley Country Park, on the edge of West Bromwich. The borough is in an area north and west ...Read more
Major developments have been taking place in West Bromwich in recent years. This has included a huge shopping centre the size of 10 football pitches. There are also plans for a new hotel, cinema and police station. Shopping in the town centre has been given a facelift and a major new office development has been built. West Bromwich Albion Football Club plays a major role in th...Read more
Annual events in West Bromwich include the huge St George’s Day Parade in March. Thousands of people join a procession through the town for this celebration. Sandwell Council’s annual bonfire and fireworks display takes place in West Bromwich’s Dartmouth Park in November. The fireworks are set to music in this popular event. The Sandwell Community Show takes place in th...Read more
Oak House, in West Bromwich is a large and timber framed Yeoman's house dating back to the 16th century, with brick extensions from the mid 17th century. The building is free to visit although there is a small charge for tours. The Manor House Museum is a medieval moated manor house built in the 1270s. It is open for tours in the summer and is in the process of being restored ...Read more
5. Things To Do
Sandwell Valley Country Park is a popular place for walking, cycling, birdwatching, sports and other outdoor activities. Swan Pool offers opportunities for watersports and angling. The Public is a creative, community, cultural and business space in the heart of the town. Visitors can use the space to relax in or to enjoy a variety of exhibitions and events taking place. There...Read more
The High Street Market in West Bromwich is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and the New Market Hall is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The main shopping centres in the town are the Astle Outlet Park, The Kings Square Shopping Centre and Queens Square Shopping Centre.
By road, West Bromwich has excellent access to the M5 and M6 motorways. The A41 is another main road leading into the town. The Midland Metro light rail system provides easy transport from West Bromwich to Birmingham, Wolverhampton and other local towns. The town’s mainline rail station is in Bromford Lane, and also has good services to the rest of the region. The nearest a...Read more
The Public is the main venue for live entertainment. Events include comedy, theatre, art exhibitions, film screenings, music, dance and more.
9. Famous Landmarks
Among the historical landmarks in West Bromwich are the 16th century building of Oak House, the medieval moated Manor House Museum and the remains of Sandwell Priory in Sandwell Country Park. West Bromwich Albion FC’s ground, The Hawthornes, was the first Football League ground to be built in the 20th Century and was opened on September 3, 1900. Many changes have been made t...Read more
10. Interesting Fact
One of West Bromwich’s most famous sons is Frank Skinner, who was born in the town in 1957 as Christopher Graham Collins. He is a passionate supporter of West Bromwich Albion.
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Music downloading facilities and a TV hook-up are all part of new services at a state-of-the-art crematorium. The new £3.25million building Sandwell Valley Crematorium, in West Bromwich, has been officially opened by Sandwell Mayor Cllr Joyce Underhill with the...
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