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Welcome in Old English
to Amblecote.org, a site devoted to the history and heritage of Amblecote in the heart of England

Amblecote Amblecote is a place in the Midlands of England, named by the Saxons at the site of an earlier original British settlement and recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as the manor of 'Elmlecote' in south Staffordshire on the border with Worcestershire. After many years as an agricultural village, the 17th century saw Amblecote embrace the Industrial Revolution and become a place of mines and factories, most notably producing coal, clay, bricks, iron, sand and glassware; although it never entirely lost its rural character. By the late 19th century Amblecote had become an Urban District which, with 3,000 inhabitants, was reputedly the smallest in England. Nevertheless, civic pride remained a vital local force until, in 1966, the UDC was divided between the nearby towns of Stourbridge and Brierley Hill. This was bad enough, but a further civic disaster occurred in 1974 when by government edict the new and artificial 'County of West Midlands' was created to unify the urban areas of Birmingham and the Black Country. Stourbridge, along with Amblecote and many other once independent localities, was unnaturally incorporated into the Metropolitan Borough of 'Dudley'. Meanwhile, national politics also bore down on ancient Amblecote with the scurrilous economic neglect of the eighties giving way to a politically correct 'Scottish Raj' government of the nineties and beyond, which seeks to destroy the concept of national and local English identity through a mixture of psedo-racist guilt-indocrination and back-door europeanisation. The future of Amblecote in the 21st Century is unclear as the authority that is 'Dudley' slides ever further into its own anti-cultural dark age. What is certain is that unless the past of Amblecote is remembered, researched, recorded and published the forces of political and bureaucratic ignorance would be more than pleased to see it disappear from the map.

The history of Amblecote is long and complex and as yet incompletely researched. This site offers a series of articles and items, complied over a number of years, and in no particular order except by chronology or principle subject matter.

It is deliberately dynamic with new items added as and when they become available. It is also very much
under reconstruction at the moment - so please bear with us!