Warley, West Midlands
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Warley is an area now in the metropolitan borough of Sandwell in the West Midlands of the United Kingdom. The name has been used historcially for both a civil parish (1884-1908) and a county borough (1966-1974). The name has been used for a UK Parliament constituency since 1997.
A civil parish of Warley was created in 1884 by the merger of the Warley Salop parish with parts of the parishes of Warley Wigorn, Ridgacre and Oldbury. In 1908 the parish was abolished, becoming part of the municipal borough of Oldbury, although the Warley name was retained as a district of Oldbury, which was developed for housing after 1920. This also included a development by Smethwick county borough council, into which part of Warley had been incorporated in 1928 to enable Smethwick council to build houses there.
The name was re-used in 1966 by the creation of the County Borough of Warley, from the merger of Oldbury with Smethwick and Rowley Regis as well as parts of Dudley and Tipton. However, this was short-lived as the borough was merged with West Bromwich in 1974 to form the metropolitan borough of Sandwell.
The name remains as Warley Woods, Warley Infant and Nursery School, Warley Rugby Club and Warley Golf Club. Warley is also used in the names of local authority wards. It is also used in shops and local amenities in areas not part of the historical district itself especially those which were part of the old Warley Council e.g. in Blackheath, Rowley Regis and Smethwick.
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