The history of the Black Country is a rich tapestry and the town of Dudley is very much a part of it. As one of the main boroughs of the area, Dudley has seen its fair share of history, some of which is still visible to us today.
With this in mind, we’ve made a list of some of our favourite historic landmarks in Dudley.
Red House Cone
Reaching a total of 100 feet, the beautiful Red Cone House has been a popular heritage spot for many tourists visiting the area. Built towards the end of the 18th century, the structure was used for the manufacturing of glass all the way up to 1936 and is now one of only four left in the UK.
Now used as a museum by the council, you can learn more about the cone’s history whilst watching various exhibitions including glass blowing demonstrations.
The ancient stone keep of Dudley castle has been a looming addition to the Black Country for nearly a thousand years. Built shortly after the Norman conquest of 1066 by Ansculf de Picquigny, the castle has seen its fair share of history. By the 12th century, the castle came into possession of the Paganel Family who became the first Lords of Dudley. The keep was passed to various members holding the Dudley title until the Civil War.
The castle has had various additions to it over the centuries, with Dudley Zoo now sitting in the grounds of this awe-inspiring keep.
This stunning manor house has had a tumultuous history since its construction in the 17th century. Becoming the main homestead of the Lords of Dudley and their knights after damage to Dudley Castle during the Civil War, the manor has had many historic figures walk through its halls, including King Charles I himself who was encamped there on his journey to defeat at the Battle of Naseby.
During the late 18th century, the gorgeous Himley Park was created in the grounds of the manor and now attracts over 200,000 visitors each year. The Hall itself has been lovingly restored since work began in 1992. Guided tours can take you around the mysterious building, with its hidden panel doors and its once magnificent indoor swimming pool.
Black Country Museum
Located in the town itself, the Black Country Museum is a testament to the living history of the area. Recreating the bustling life of this manufacturing heartland during the Industrial Revolution, the museum team have lovingly recreated Victorian life in the West Midlands.
You may find yourself exploring the old mine, having a Victorian school lesson or even seeing demonstrations of traditional steel working.
Mercian – The property preservation experts
Although preserving our history is hugely important, it’s equally as important to preserve your property. If you’re struggling with damp, rot or any other kind of structural problem caused by moisture or insects, get in touch with Mercian Preservation.
For more information on our range of services, visit our website or get in touch on 01384 250 154 to speak to a member of our team.