West Midlands County, England

This page and its links are about the ceremonial county of the West Midlands, rather than the larger West Midland’s region.

What Is Classed As The West Midlands?

The West Midlands region in central England covers the ceremonial counties of West Midlands, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire. The West Midlands ceremonial county is smaller and is often called Greater Birmingham.

The Black Country

Most of the four Metropolitan Boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton is part of an area called the Black Country. Though it’s hard to imagine now, back in the 19th century the smoke and dust generated from thousands of industrial businesses including ironworking foundries, forges and coal mines had a real impact on the local air quality and landscape.

‘Black by day and red by night’ 

Elihu Burritt, the American Consul to Birmingham in 1862

What Is The County Of the West Midlands Known For?

The West Midlands county is home to ten universities, six Premier League and Football League football teams, a number of rugby league and rugby union teams, and a wide array of museums and tourist attractions including Cadbury’s World.

Despite it being the second-most populous county in England after London, and containing only a small portion of the West Midlands Green Belt, the West Midlands county boasts 23 Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

The Cities, Towns And Villages Of The West Midlands County

  • Bilston
  • Birmingham
  • Blackheath
  • Bloxwich
  • Brierley Hill
  • Brownhills
  • Coseley
  • Coventry
  • Cradley Heath
  • Darlaston
  • Dudley
  • Halesowen
  • Oldbury
  • Rowley Regis
  • Smethwick
  • Solihull
  • Stourbridge
  • Sutton Coldfield
  • Tipton
  • Walsall
  • Wednesbury
  • West Bromwich
  • Willenhall
  • Wolverhampton

Local History Videos

The highlighted cities, towns and villages above click through to a new page, where you will find links to relevant, free online videos. Over time, more pages and links will be added.

West Midlands Local History On Facebook

  • Quinton Local History Society

Local History Groups And Resources In West Midlands

Acocks Green History Society

Balsall Heath Local History Society

Barr & Aston Local History Society

Bartley Green District History Group

Birmingham Archives & Heritage

Birmingham Canal Navigations Society

Birmingham Civic Society

Birmingham & District Local History Association

Birmingham Heritage Forum

Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & History

Birmingham Transport Historical Group

Birmingham & Warwickshire Archaeological Society

Black Country Society

Black History Collection (Birmingham Central Library)

Centre for West Midlands History, University of Birmingham

Co-op History Group

Earlswood Historical Society

East Birmingham Historical Group

Erdington Historical Society

Frankley Society

Friends in Retirement (Fircone) Local History Group

Friends of Edgbaston Reservoir

Glebe Farm Local History Society

Haden Hill & District Historical Society

Hales Owen Heritage

Halesowen Abbey Trust

Halesowen History Society

Hall Green Local History Society

Handsworth Historical Society

Harborne Local History Group

Historical Association (Birmingham Branch)

Kings Heath Local History Society

Knowle Society (Local History Sub-Committee)

Mary Ashford Society

Midlands Ancestors (formerly the Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry)

Midland Catholic History Society

Midlands Historical Data

Moseley Local History Society

Quinton Local History Society

Railway & Canal Historical Society (West Midlands Group)

Sedgley Local History Society

Shard End Local History Society

Small Heath Local History Society

Smethwick Heritage Centre Trust

Smethwick Local History Society

Solihull Archaeological Group

Solihull Local History Circle

Stourbridge Historical & Archaeological Society

Sutton Coldfield Archaeological Society

Sutton Coldfield Local History Research Group

Victorian Society (Birmingham Group)

Walsall Local History Society

Willenhall History Society

Willenhall (Coventry) Local History Group

Wolfson Centre for Archival Research

Wolverhampton History & Heritage Society

Worcester & Birmingham Canal Society

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Thanks to khamkhor from Pixabay for the image of the Selfridge’s building in Birmingham.