Talk:The Midlands

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Sheffield?[edit]

The article talks about Sheffield being the "capital of the north midlands", but I would argue most people would consider it as being part of the North and not the Midlands. Also how relevant is a 1911 entry to the Encyclopedia Britannica to the present definition of the midlands. I would argue that a much better way of estimating the territorial extent of the Midlands would be to look at the BBC's regional TV areas of the West and East Midlands. Whilst a bit sketchy, I would argue that it is a much better definition than that provided by a 102 year old encylopedia entry and should at the very least be included.

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--Redadder123 (talk) 14:34, 30 November 2013 (UTC)

too many towns[edit]

before listing every single big town here can we consider what a reader would find useful? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 129.31.242.18 (talk) 17:53, 25 March 2009 (UTC)


Some aren't even big and some are just suburbs/dormitory towns. It needs slimming down. How about only county towns, biggest in the county if different and besides that nowhere with a population under 50,000,. Is there guidance anywhere? Bevo74 (talk) 21:49, 30 April 2011 (UTC)

I've removed the word notable, I intend to give the list a major pruning sometime soon. Bevo74 (talk) 06:01, 17 October 2011 (UTC)


I've changed the list my choices were based on, cities, county towns, towns of over 50,000 people and Stratford as it is very well known across the world. I've probably missed somewhere, so please correct, but please keep it sensible. Bevo74 (talk) 17:57, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

Whoever called it the "English Midlands"?[edit]

Sorry but I suspect this title is wrong and probably a Wiki fudge - it is never to my knowledge called the "English Midlands", just the "Midlands". So it should either be "Midlands" if it is agreed as the primary topic, or "Midlands (England)". --Bermicourt (talk) 11:20, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

Not quite right Bermicourt - you'll find plenty of examples if you search on the web and the phrase is used in everyday life though I'd agree that 'The Midlands' is more commonly found. Geopersona (talk) 21:18, 10 November 2010 (UTC)
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The result of the move request was: Move. Jafeluv (talk) 08:27, 5 April 2011 (UTC)


English MidlandsMidlands (England) — More neutral. Rarely, if ever, called "English Midlands" within the UK, though the title seems to suggest othewise. Other Midlands pages (South Carolina & Tasmania) are named similarly to the proposed move. --Kurtle (talk) 22:37, 29 March 2011 (UTC)

  • Support. Almost invariably just called "the Midlands". -- Necrothesp (talk) 10:51, 30 March 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. I added the propesed move.--Kurtle (talk) 17:38, 2 April 2011 (UTC)
  • Support, "English Midlands" is too uncommon (relative to "the Midlands") for it to be a satisfactory disambiguating title.--Kotniski (talk) 07:59, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
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Map[edit]

I added another map. The earlier one is fine, but not enough to point out where in England the Midlands are if you're unfamiliar with English geography. /Julle (talk) 01:28, 12 November 2011 (UTC)

Whoever called it the "The Midlands, England"?[edit]

Moving "English Midlands" to "Midlands (England)" is one thing: the phrase "the English Midlands" is used, though I will admit that in most contexts a plain "the Midlands" is much more common; even so, there are indeed other Midlands so a disambiguating "(England)" is fair enough in the title (cf. Midlands (South Carolina), Midlands (Tasmania) etc.). But as for "the Midlands, England", I can't recall ever seeing that formulation used anywhere but here. And why was there no discussion before this latest change was made? -- Picapica (talk) 16:02, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

Absolutely, it's "the Midlands" so 'Midlands (England)' would make far more sense to me. Gwladys24 (talk) 23:57, 8 August 2013 (UTC)