25 Facts About West Bromwich


West Bromwich is a market town in the borough of Sandwell, West Midlands, England.

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West Bromwich is part of the area known as the Black Country, in terms of geography, culture and dialect.

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West Bromwich was first mentioned as Bromwic in the Domesday Book of 1086.

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Well before the end of the 19th century, West Bromwich had established itself as a prominent area to match older neighbouring towns including Dudley and Walsall.

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In 1888, West Bromwich became a county borough, incorporating the village of Great Barr.

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Population of West Bromwich suffered heavily in the Cholera epidemic of 1831 which spread northwards into the town.

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Under the Reform Act 1832, West Bromwich became part of the new southern division of Staffordshire, and under the Reform Act 1867 it was transferred to the parliamentary borough of Wednesbury.

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Under the Redistribution of Seats Act of 1885, the borough of West Bromwich became a parliamentary borough returning one member.

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West Bromwich is at the extreme northern end of the M5 motorway, with junction 1 serving the town on the A41 road.

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The actual town boundaries of West Bromwich were altered at this time, placing the Friar Park estate in Wednesbury, while the Hateley Heath area of Wednesbury was now within the borders of West Bromwich township.

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Once again, West Bromwich had been hit hard by another recession, with local unemployment running high again, as well as a high vacancy rate for commercial and industrial units.

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Several more factories have closed in more recent years as manufacturers look to countries where the labour is cheaper, but West Bromwich remains a relatively busy industrial area despite the decline of the last 35 years.

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West Bromwich was among the many towns and cities in England affected by the widespread rioting in August 2011.

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Archives for West Bromwich Borough are held at Sandwell Community History and Archives Service.

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West Bromwich East is served by Nicola Richards, who was elected on 12 December 2019.

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West Bromwich West is served by Shaun Bailey, who was elected on 12 December 2019.

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West Bromwich Town Hall, situated in the centre of the High Street, is a Grade II listed building.

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West Bromwich is a culturally diverse area with many places of worship for several different religions.

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The largest mosque in West Bromwich is the Madinatul Uloon Al-Islamiyah Madrasa on Moor street which accommodates all Muslim Sunni denominations and follows the Deobandi school of thought.

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The oldest Gurdwara in West Bromwich is the Gurdwara Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji on High Street.

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However, the route through central West Bromwich was by-passed in 1973 on the completion of the Expressway, a two-mile dual carriageway beginning at Carters Green and finishing at junction 1 of the recently completed M5 motorway on Birmingham Road.

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Around this time, West Bromwich Ringway was opened which circulates the main shopping areas.

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West Bromwich has a large bus station managed by Transport for West Midlands and served by a large number of routes, both locally to places such as Oldbury, Smethwick and Stone Cross as well as regional bus routes to places such as Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Walsall.

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West Bromwich Brom were among the 12 founder members of the Football League in 1888, along with their two fiercest local rivals, Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Notable former players of West Bromwich Albion include Ronnie Allen, Bryan Robson, Laurie Cunningham, Tony Brown and Jeff Astle.

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