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Blackheath, Rowley Regis 1987
Blackheath, Rowley Regis 1987
Published: 2014/01/26
Channel: Jared Whittingham
Blackheath Views 1
Blackheath Views 1
Published: 2007/06/08
Channel: Peter Hackett
Tour of Base Gym, Blackheath, West Midlands, UK
Tour of Base Gym, Blackheath, West Midlands, UK
Published: 2015/02/08
Channel: Greg Lewis
Birmingham Blackheath
Birmingham Blackheath
Published: 2014/03/21
Channel: kindness ARK
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Crazy Karaoke Guy at The Knights Quest in Blackheath West Midlands
Published: 2011/02/18
Channel: KiplingCaz
Car journey Blackheath, Oldbury to Hagley Rd West, Quinton, Birmingham
Car journey Blackheath, Oldbury to Hagley Rd West, Quinton, Birmingham
Published: 2017/04/10
Channel: John Harvey
PHOTOS OF BLACKHEATH JUNIOR AND INFANTS SCHOOL
PHOTOS OF BLACKHEATH JUNIOR AND INFANTS SCHOOL
Published: 2008/07/02
Channel: Peter Hackett
BlackHeath (Rowley Regis - UK) UFO!
BlackHeath (Rowley Regis - UK) UFO!
Published: 2013/08/20
Channel: Ben Matthews
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Places to see in ( Oldbury - UK )
Published: 2017/08/08
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St Pauls Blackheath - Drone Filming
St Pauls Blackheath - Drone Filming
Published: 2016/12/08
Channel: UAV Filming Ltd
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West Midlands: Oldbury M5 roadwork residents 'can't take anymore'
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: BhamUrbanNewsUK
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Car journey, Mucklow Hill to Lye. West Midlands
Published: 2017/07/13
Channel: John Harvey
PHOTOS OF BLACKHEATH 2
PHOTOS OF BLACKHEATH 2
Published: 2008/11/30
Channel: Peter Hackett
Knife-wielding man arrested in Blackheath. Sainsburys Blackheath lockdown and explosion (bomb) 27th
Knife-wielding man arrested in Blackheath. Sainsburys Blackheath lockdown and explosion (bomb) 27th
Published: 2017/05/27
Channel: ackley bridge
Proms At St Paul
Proms At St Paul's
Published: 2007/12/07
Channel: musicker007
Bike Down and Blackheath Hill Closed
Bike Down and Blackheath Hill Closed
Published: 2017/05/25
Channel: NakedRider
NXWM route 4 Blackheath from westbrom scania omnilink national express westmidlands 2017
NXWM route 4 Blackheath from westbrom scania omnilink national express westmidlands 2017
Published: 2017/02/24
Channel: birmingham places&travel
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NXWM route 241 from Blackheath to halesowen Alexander Dennis enviro 400MMC 2017 platinum livery
Published: 2017/02/24
Channel: birmingham places&travel
Back Session with Daniel James & Stefan Northfield
Back Session with Daniel James & Stefan Northfield
Published: 2016/09/13
Channel: GJ Aesthetics
Autumn Conference - Highlights Video - The College of Foot Health Practitioners
Autumn Conference - Highlights Video - The College of Foot Health Practitioners
Published: 2017/01/13
Channel: The College of Foot Health Practitioners
NX West Midlands | Volvo B7RLE Wright Eclipse Urban | 1763 (BX56XCG)
NX West Midlands | Volvo B7RLE Wright Eclipse Urban | 1763 (BX56XCG)
Published: 2017/08/28
Channel: Rob's Public Transport Videos
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first test wheelie machine west midlands
Published: 2011/03/30
Channel: 1979dyna
Rampin In Blackheath
Rampin In Blackheath
Published: 2007/05/31
Channel: Punisha500
Oldbury Town Centre Cini Film 1979
Oldbury Town Centre Cini Film 1979
Published: 2010/04/12
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UK,  WEST MIDLANDS ,west bromwich snow strom 2009.
UK, WEST MIDLANDS ,west bromwich snow strom 2009.
Published: 2009/04/05
Channel: kalapani222
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Dudley Bus Station
Published: 2017/08/15
Channel: Wilko Worldwide Wilkes
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Merry Hill bus station and depo buses February 2017 national express westmidlands buses Merry Hill
Published: 2017/02/21
Channel: birmingham places&travel
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Sehidski Rastanak - A Hero's Farewell violin
Published: 2015/06/22
Channel: TheADMUK
Places to see in ( Rowley Regis - UK )
Places to see in ( Rowley Regis - UK )
Published: 2017/09/14
Channel: Places to see in
Bikers Blackheath
Bikers Blackheath
Published: 2007/12/14
Channel: fish301291
Old Hill, West Midlands (Outside my friend
Old Hill, West Midlands (Outside my friend's flat)
Published: 2011/02/05
Channel: Catherine Shanahan
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blackheath 2007 karaoke championships
Published: 2007/08/20
Channel: Jason Yee
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Published: 2016/01/26
Channel: mark dinosuar
Midlands Christian Books
Midlands Christian Books
Published: 2012/01/24
Channel: valuechristianbooks
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black country singer chris hale strangers when we meet david bowie cover blackheath library
Published: 2016/03/01
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Nxwm Volvo Alexander voith 127 bus from blackheath into bearwood traffic Birmingham 2016 U.K.
Nxwm Volvo Alexander voith 127 bus from blackheath into bearwood traffic Birmingham 2016 U.K.
Published: 2016/11/13
Channel: birmingham places&travel
Blackheath by Mike Norton
Blackheath by Mike Norton
Published: 2010/12/16
Channel: mikeyblue77
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42 (National Express West Midlands)
Published: 2017/09/07
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Published: 2017/02/09
Channel: TheGobbledygook1
Traditional Chinese Violin Music Small Town Story
Traditional Chinese Violin Music Small Town Story
Published: 2015/06/21
Channel: TheADMUK
First Snow in 2008, Solihull, West midlands, UK
First Snow in 2008, Solihull, West midlands, UK
Published: 2008/10/28
Channel: gbaryah
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19-06-2015
Published: 2015/06/25
Channel: mick green
Turners Hill transmitter - Rowley Regis, West Midlands
Turners Hill transmitter - Rowley Regis, West Midlands
Published: 2015/11/02
Channel: Jack Bromby
Birthday Party @ The Fairlawns Hotel and Spa, - Walsall, West Midlands
Birthday Party @ The Fairlawns Hotel and Spa, - Walsall, West Midlands
Published: 2014/11/06
Channel: EliteDiscos
NXWM route 87 from Oldbury to Birmingham West Midlands westbrom national express westmidlands 2017
NXWM route 87 from Oldbury to Birmingham West Midlands westbrom national express westmidlands 2017
Published: 2017/02/23
Channel: birmingham places&travel
West Midlands: The changing sound of Britain (and Brum)
West Midlands: The changing sound of Britain (and Brum)
Published: 2016/09/29
Channel: BhamUrbanNewsUK
West Midlands: Inclusive Fitness Initiative is being ignored by majority of gyms and fitness centre
West Midlands: Inclusive Fitness Initiative is being ignored by majority of gyms and fitness centre
Published: 2015/08/06
Channel: BhamUrbanNewsUK
Blackheath CC TV - Week 8
Blackheath CC TV - Week 8
Published: 2009/07/12
Channel: blackheathcc
Blackheath Dance & talent Quest
Blackheath Dance & talent Quest
Published: 2006/06/18
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Blackheath
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Blackheath Marketplace
Blackheath is located in West Midlands county
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Blackheath shown within the West Midlands
Population 12,292 (2011 Census.Ward)[1]
OS grid reference SO9786
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Region
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Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ROWLEY REGIS
Postcode district B65 0
Dialling code 0121
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52°28′34″N 2°02′13″W / 52.476°N 2.037°W / 52.476; -2.037Coordinates: 52°28′34″N 2°02′13″W / 52.476°N 2.037°W / 52.476; -2.037

Blackheath is a town and ward in the Rowley Regis area of the Sandwell Metropolitan Borough, in the county of West Midlands, England.

Establishment[edit]

Before 1841, Bleak Heath or Blake Heath was a small group of farm houses and inns on the turnpike road from Oldbury to Halesowen, within Rowley Regis. The changes brought about by the industrial revolution led to a Private Act in June that year that allowed the sale of the Rowley Regis glebe lands in order to finance the building of a new vicarage.

The land was purchased by developers who, throughout the remainder of the 19th century, expanded Blackheath as a dormitory town for the surrounding industries, in particular, the coal mine at Coombes Wood and the Hailstone quarry. Workers migrated to Blackheath from across England and particularly from Wales until the town and its neighbours grew to form the existing conurbation with nearby Birmingham.

Churches[edit]

The parish of St Paul was established in 1865 as a distinct entity from that of Rowley Regis and the new church consecrated in 1869. There has also been a long tradition of nonconformism with many Methodist and Baptist chapels.

Manufacturing, railways, and industrialisation[edit]

A market was established and an extension of the Great Western Railway linking Birmingham and Worcester opened a station in the town in 1867.

Into the 20th century, manufacturing grew and extractive industries declined with the last coal mine closing in 1919. Major employers were the fasteners business at the Excelsior Works of Thomas William Lench and the electrical engineering business of British Thomson-Houston (BTH). Manufacturing remained the main source of income up to the start of the 21st century with the BTH works still in operation though in the intervening years it has worked under the successive names of AEI, GEC, GEC-ALSTHOM, Hawker Siddeley, BTR and Electrodrives.

Borough and county membership[edit]

Blackheath was part of the borough of Rowley Regis until 1966, when it became part of the county borough of Warley. Since 1974 it has formed part of the metropolitan borough of Sandwell.

It was historically part of Staffordshire until 1966, when the boundaries were altered to incorporate the new borough of Warley into Worcestershire. Since 1974, it has been part of the West Midlands metropolitan county.

Economy[edit]

Blackheath has always been a predominantly working class area dominated by modest housing. The town was hard hit by the economic slow-down of the 1970s and unemployment of the early 1980s. However, in the 1990s the town became more prosperous with improving housing stock and some substantial development in town centre stores and improvement in the road network. A J Sainsbury supermarket was also added to the town centre around this time.

Blackheath has many transport links with buses travelling throughout the borough and Rowley Regis railway station is nearby.

Other information[edit]

Blackheath Primary School is located in the area,[2] and was originally built by Rowley Regis urban district council on Powke Lane during the late 19th century, incorporating a 5-7 infant school and 7-11 junior school and later including a nursery unit for 3 and 4 year olds. The schools merged in September 1990 to form Blackheath Primary School.[3] It relocated to a site on Britannia Road, previously occupied by Britannia High School, in September 2005.

Football team Blackheath Town F.C. played in the West Midlands (Regional) League Division One (South) but are now just a youth development squad.

Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton was born in Blackheath in 1947.

On 6 April 1959, the area was the scene of the first major racially motivated incident in the West Midlands when some 30 Teddy Boys clashed with a group of black people in the area.[4]

With rising traffic on local roads after the Second World War, Blackheath became a congestion hotspot. Things improved slightly with the construction of a new road around the north of the town centre towards the end of the 1970s, but this was only of use to traffic coming to and from Cradley Heath and Brierley Hill. Motorists travelling from Quinton still had to negotiate the original route that was little better than it had been in the days before cars. This problem was solved in 2006 with a new relief road that circles the eastern half of the town centre and diverts traffic coming from Halesowen, Quinton and Oldbury.

Blackheath has some of the strongest public transport links in the Black Country. It has direct bus and rail links with Birmingham, while the extensive bus network gives locals a direct route to Oldbury, Halesowen, Dudley, Cradley Heath, West Bromwich and Walsall.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sandwell Ward population 2011". Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Blackheath Primary School". eTeach. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]

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