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History and heritage of Dudley borough

The modern Metropolitan Borough of Dudley was created in 1974 following the Local Government Act 1972 and brought together the existing Dudley County Borough with the municipal boroughs of Stourbridge and Halesowen.

This followed an earlier reorganization in 1966 following the Local Government Act 1958 and the abolition of the urban districts of Amblecote, Brierley Hill, Coseley and Sedgley and the municipal boroughs of Tipton, Oldbury and Rowley Regis.

The one thing that all of these places had in common were the minerals that lay beneath them: coal, iron ore, limestone, fireclay and sand which have helped shape the history and heritage of the area and which gave rise to the name The Black Country during the industrialisation of great Britain.

From prehistoric times until the present day, history is all around you in Dudley, right back to the borough's internationally recognised geological heritage. The 425 million year-old Dudley Bug is a unique trilobite fossil found only in the Wren's Nest area, and is so associated with Dudley that it is incorporated into the town's coat of arms.
The area's heritage is vividly brought to life at the open-air Black Country Living Museum which was built on old coal pits and at a junction of the canal system. The museum has painstakingly rebuilt houses, shops, public buildings and factories from the area along with a restored coal mine from the 1850s that gives a real insight into the working conditions of the day.

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