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The Black Country, Staffordshire

Historical Description

Black Country, The, a tract of mines and ironworks in the S of Staffordshire, and on the N verge of Warwickshire. It extends chiefly from Wolverhampton to Birmingham southeastward, 13 miles, and from Dudley to Walsall north-eastward, 7 miles. "The name is eminently descriptive, for blackness everywhere prevails. The ground is black, the atmosphere is black, and the underground is honeycombed by mining galleries stretching in utter blackness for many a league. The scene is marvellous, and to one who beholds it for the first time by night terrific."

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Staffordshire newspapers online: