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Rowley Regis

Rowley Regis is a town within the Sandwell Metropolitan Borough forming part of the West Midlands conurbation.

Rowley Regis originated many centuries ago when a small village grew around the parish church of St Giles, approximately two miles south-east of Dudley. Between the two world wars private and local authority houses were built in the surrounding area. During that time Rowley Regis became a borough and incorporated the neighbouring communities of Blackheath, Old Hill and Cradley Heath.

The village sits on Rowley Hill which makes up part of the Rowley Hills famed for the quarrying of Rowley Rag Stone. The main shopping area, however, known locally as Blackheath has many retailers, a market hall and more recently a Sainsbury’s supermarket.

The present St Giles Church on Church Road is not the first church. The previous church, built in 1904 was burned down in 1913 by Suffragettes campaigning for the vote in extreme ways.

Britannia Park provides a pleasant place for recreational facilities accessed off Rowley Village.

Rowley Regis Railway Station opened in 1867 in the south of the then village, and remains in use to this day.

Famous Residents:-

Pete Williams – Bass player with Dexys Midnight Runners between 1978 and 1981

Carlton Palmer – Former England and Sheffield Wednesday FC footballer.

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