Wall Heath

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Wall Heath
Wall Heath is located in West Midlands county
Wall Heath
Wall Heath
 Wall Heath shown within the West Midlands
Metropolitan borough Dudley
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Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town KINGSWINFORD
Postcode district DY6
Dialling code 01384
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EU Parliament West Midlands
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Coordinates: 52°30′22″N 2°10′52″W / 52.506°N 2.181°W / 52.506; -2.181

Wall Heath is a village in the Dudley Metropolitan Borough in the West Midlands of England. It is located on the A449 road, approximately 5 miles west of Dudley Town Centre and 9 miles north of Kidderminster.

Geography[edit]

Wall Heath is situated on the edge of the West Midlands conurbation, bordering Staffordshire to the west.

It was formerly a part of the Kingswinford Rural District until its merger with the Brierley Hill Urban District in 1934.[1] Since 1966 it has been a part of the Dudley County Borough, now the metropolitan borough.

There are approximately 5,000 inhabitants in the village.[citation needed]

Closest cities, towns and villages[edit]

Village services[edit]

The village contains numerous outlets providing varied services; including a Co-op supermarket, Boots Local Pharmacy, a podiatrist and a private dental surgery. There are three public houses, two Indian restaurants, two Chinese take-aways, a Chinese restaurant, a pizza delivery/take-away, two Fish & Chip Shops and a catering company. There was, until recently, a small public library, which was closed by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council for economic reasons. The local authority states that the money from the closure of Wall Heath Library and four other Dudley libraries will be used for a £2.3 million scheme to update services in the borough. The nearest Library is the Kingswinford Library. The other libraries in the borough which fell victim of the council policy were Quarry Bank, Amblecote, Dudley Wood and Woodside.

There are two allotments in the village and three public parks located in the village. One is accessible from Albion Street and two are accessible from High Street.

Located in Wall Heath is Holbeche House, which is where the flight of the gunpowder plotters ended. The building is now a private care home for the elderly. There is also a Dudley MBC shelter, The Gables, located in the village.

The Wall Heath Community centre regularly hosts National Blood Service blood donation sessions. There are many events held here such as charity events and local classes for all ages including a nursery and yoga classes. There are also frequent displays showcasing old photographs of Wall Heath and the local area. The Wall Heath Horticultural Society also hold their meetingsat the centre on the first Tuesday in the month. You can find more details on their web site. http://wallheathhorticulturalguild.blogspot.co.uk/ Wall Heath Community Centre's playing fields are home to Phoenix Youth. Tennis courts are also situated on the site.

In the last century, Wall Heath was the home of the Sant family (Maidensbridge Road). Herbert Sant won an MC during the First World War. His brother William became a famed artist whose work is displayed at the Tate Gallery in London and other notable locations. Ancestor Steven Sant born in nearby Dudley is a renowned writer on football and local politics.

Sport[edit]

The village has produced three professional cricketers; John (Jack) Alfred Flavell, Paul Pridgeon and Stuart Lampitt. All played for Worcestershire CCC, with Jack Flavell playing for the England national team.

The village is home to Dudley Kingswinford Rugby Football Club (DKRFC), who after 2 promotions from the Midland League are currently playing in the National league.2 north

Churches[edit]

There are three churches in the village. These are the Church of the Ascension, the smaller St Andrew's United Reformed Church and Wall Heath Evangelical Free Church.[2] The Church of the Ascension sits at the centre of the village next to the school of the same name, Church of the Ascension Primary School (CofE).

Education[edit]

The village is supported by two primary schools; Maidensbridge Primary School and Church of the Ascension CofE Primary School. Maidensbridge Primary School has hosted the Helen Taylor School of Dance for 20 years, who perform annually at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. On completion of primary education, typically the pupils from both schools continue their education at The Kingswinford School, in nearby Kingswinford or alternatively, Summerhill School, also in Kingswinford.

Maidensbridge Primary School was saved from closure in 2005 due to campaigning by local residents.

Politics[edit]

The village is part of the Kingswinford North and Wall Heath ward of the Dudley Metropolitan Borough. It is represented by three seats on the Borough council. Currently these are occupied by two Liberal Democrat and one Conservative councillor.

The village falls within the Dudley South constituency of the UK parliament. The current MP is Chris Kelly (Conservative Party (UK)).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kingswinford RD through time". visionofbritain.org. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  2. ^ WHEFC.org