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Dudley is a large market town with a history dating back to Anglo-Saxon times. It is the administrative centre in the West Midlands and is the capital of the Black Country, and now includes the former districts of Brierley Hill and Sedgley.
Dudley is one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution and grew into an industrial centre in the 19th century with its iron, coal, and limestone industries before their decline and the relocation of its commercial centre to the nearby Merry Hill Shopping Centre in the 1980s.
The term ‘Black Country’ comes from the smoke from the many ironwork foundries and forges during the industrial period.
Moving to Dudley
The town centre is mostly home to individuals and young families in their 20’s and 30’s who make the most of the traditional terraced houses and converted buildings. Unlike many locations, the cost of housing in the centre is cheaper than that of the outskirts, and a one-bedroom flat could set buyers back as little as £75,000. In terms of rentals, one bedroom flats hover around £350 pcm, whereas two beds are £425 and above pcm.
House prices in Dudley are cheaper than the national average though have risen in the recent year or so, with an overall average price of £180,00, with semi-detached houses typically around £170,000 to buy and £500+ pcm to rent. With detached properties around £280,000, and the popular terraced houses costing around £143,000.
Places to visit in Dudley
Tourist attractions include Dudley Castle, which dates back to the 11 th century was destroyed by fire in 1750, and is now the site of Dudley zoo, with living demonstrations and re-enactments and ghost walks – reputed to be haunted by The Grey Lady
The St James priory ruins in Priory Park dating back to the 12th century, and the Black country living museum with over 300 years of history.
Schools in Dudley
Dudley is served by a range of primary schools, several of which are church schools – Jesson’s Church of England Primary School, St Chads Roman Catholic School, St Edmund’s and St John’s Church of England Primary School and Netherton Church of England Primary School. Other primary schools in the town include Dudley Wood Primary School, Priory Primary School, Kates Hill Primary School, Sledmere Primary School, Russells Hall Primary School, Milking Bank Primary School, Highgate Primary School, Northfield Road Primary School, Dudley Wood Primary School, Foxyards Primary School, Blowers Green Primary School and Wrens Nest Primary School.
There are several secondary schools in and around Dudley. The Dudley Academies Trust, created in association with Dudley College, runs four of these: Beacon Hill Academy in Sedgley, The Link Academy in Netherton, Pegasus Academy in Holly Hall, and St James Academy, with a Roman Catholic secondary school Bishop Milner Catholic College.
Dudley College is the only college for further education in the town.
Transport links in Dudley
Despite a large population, Dudley does not have a train station. The nearest are just over one mile away from the town centre; Dudley Port and Tipton. Both stations are easily accessible via local bus routes. Sandwell and Dudley railway station also serves the area.
Tipton station has services to Wolverhampton, Walsall, Birmingham New Street, Stafford, Crewe, and Shrewsbury. Dudley Port, however, just has services between Wolverhampton and Birmingham. Sandwell and Dudley station is the best served, with trains running to Wolverhampton, Walsall, Birmingham New Street, Aston, Shrewsbury, London Euston, Coventry, Glasgow, and Edinburgh.
There is a large bus station outside of the town centre, with a vast number of frequent buses to surrounding towns and villages. The road links in Dudley are strong, and the town is well connected. The B4176 runs to Wombourne, Bridgnorth, and Telford. The A461 runs through Wednesbury and Walsall, and carries on to Lichfield.