The exact origins of the Black Country name are disputed but it might have earned its name from its history as the original home of British heavy industry, coal mines and the smoke from the many thousands of ironworking foundries and forges that were established in the area.
This proud industrial heritage continues to this day, with the Black Country delivering 15% of England’s high value manufacturing.
Communities with talents persevering through tough times
The area has many assets, including a friendly and welcoming population, astrong local culture and identity, an ethnically diverse population, a skilled workforce and some excellent church, faith and charity projects making a huge positive impact on their communities.
Like many urban areas in the UK, the Black Country also has high levels of inequality due to poverty.
Parts of Wolverhampton have the highest levels of child poverty in Lichfield Diocese (49%), with Walsall having the highest levels of pensioner poverty in Lichfield Diocese (36%).
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