West Bromwich originated as a sprawl around the main road from the north west to London. It grew in size and importance during the industrial revolution due to the easily accessible coal seams and shared with the rest of the Black Country an important role fueling the industrial revolution and Britain’s empire building.
Mining finished a long time ago and the steel industry’s demise came in recent decades. This has left the region much cleaner but with unemployment above the national average.
Although now a rather nondescript town nestled in the middle of a conurbation spanning Birmingham and Wolverhampton, it is possible to get away from the urbanization in the peaceful countryside and parkland of Sandwell Valley.
West Bromwich is probably most famous for its (presently) premiership football club residing in England highest league ground.
The middle ages moated Manor House (now a pub) near Stone Cross, the Oak House near the town centre and the excavated ruins of the old Sandwell Priory along with some well-hidden remnants of Dartmouth Hall are all points of interest. Even amongst the industrial landscape it is possible to get away from it all seeing another side to the area by walking, cycling or even boating around the area’s extensive canal system.
Nearby attractions include the Black Country Museum, Dudley Zoo, or shopping at Merry Hill or Birmingham.