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The modern Borough of Dudley was a recent creation comprising the local districts of: Halesowen, Kingswinford, Sedgley, Stourbridge and Dudley itself.

The one thing that all of these disparate places had in common were the minerals that lay beneath them: coal, iron ore, limestone, fireclay and sand. The use of these materials for manufacturing during the industrialisation of Great Britain was enormous. A factor that gave rise to the name The Black Country.

Famous for its miles of peaceful canals, its zoo and Norman castle and the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley is also a busy centre for shoppers. The town centre has a range of stores and a popular Monday to Saturday market which has been held since the 13th century.

The industrial history of the area can be experienced in the Black Country Museum which was built on old coal pits and at a junction of the canal system.

During the 20th century the traditional industries declined in importance but industry became more diverse. While the metalworking and glass industries continued in the area new industries included plastics, electronics and chemicals.

(Source of information: www.dudley.gov.uk)

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