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Dudley is part of the West Midlands conurbation and is located south of Wolverhampton.

Dudley Castle has stood on a hill overlooking the town since the 11th century. The present castle dates from the 13th century and provided the centre around which the town grew. Dating from the 12th century are the ruins of St James Priory, set within the Priory Park.

The town is home to Dudley Zoo and the Black Country Living Museum. Visitors to the museum may also take a narrow boat trip from the adjacent canal, through the Dudley Tunnel.

The Wrens Nest National Nature Reserve is a site of special scientific interest considered to be one of the most notable geological locations in the British Isles.

Established in 1260, Dudley Market in Dudley town centre is a major shopping area for the town. It has undergone numerous developments in its history.


Netherton – originally a village but now more of a small town, which has always been part of Dudley. It grew in size during the Industrial Revolution and 150 or so years later it retains its Black Country character to a greater extent than most other local towns.

Oakham – a suburban and mostly upmarket eastern area of the town which has largely been developed since the 1920s and part of which was absorbed into the County Borough of Warley (now Sandwell) in 1966. It is home to Dudley Golf Course which, since 1966 has actually existed beyond Dudley’s boundaries.

Brierley Hill – still regarded as a separate town and dominated by the Merry Hill Shopping Centre which was mostly developed between 1985 and 1989. For some 150 years prior to 1982 the town was dominated by the Round Oak Steel Works, which was situated on part of the site now occupied by Merry Hill.

Notable People:-

Sam Allardyce (1954) – footballer and football manager

Duncan Edwards (1936-1958) footballer who died in the Munich Air Disaster. In 2008 the towns southern by-pass was renamed Duncan Edwards Way in memory of him.

Lenny Henry (1958) comedian

Sue Lawley (1946) – news reader

Josie Lawrence (1959) comedienne

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