Wollaston, West Midlands
|Population||13,092 (2011.Ward. Wollaston and Stourbridge Town)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||West Midlands|
Wollaston Hall was a 17th century mansion which stood in the village until 1924. It was later disassembled and shipped to North America, although nobody has been able to determine what happened to it after that. Panelling and a fireplace from the Hall are now in the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan, which bears a striking resemblance to the original Hall.
Birthplace of steam locomotive
The Stourbridge Lion, built in Wollaston, was the first steam locomotive to run on a commercial line in the United States. Built by Foster, Rastrick and Company in Wollaston, the Stourbridge Lion's historic first run took place on 8 August, 1829.
The foundry in Lowndes Road where the Stourbridge Lion was under threat of demolition until work started in 2013/2014 to form the multimillion-pound Lion Health Centre
The locomotive is now on view at the B&O Railroad museum, Baltimore MD, on loan from the Smithsonian Institution, Washington.
The "Wollaston Illuminations" in Leonard Road were an annual Christmas lights display which attracted people from all over the Black Country to raise money for a chosen charity. Johnny Briggs, who played Mike Baldwin in the ITV soap Coronation Street and who lives in Stourbridge, switched on the lights several times over the years. In 2006, residents of Leonard Road decided to cancel the illuminations as a protest to food and drink vendors 'cashing in' on the fundraising event.
In 2014, Lion Health medical centre opened in the renovated former foundry of Foster, Rastrick and Company, a Grade II listed building. The next phase of regeneration on the foundry site will create parkland next to Stourbridge Canal with a "heritage and community hub" named Riverside House.
The Stourbridge Canal skirts around the village linking the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal with the Dudley No 1 Canal, this places Wollaston on the Stourport Ring. The nearest train station is Stourbridge Town, and several National Express West Midlands and Hansons bus services from Stourbridge run through the village. The Stourbridge to Bridgnorth A458 road runs through the village. Between 1901 and 1930, Wollaston was served by an electric tramway, the Kinver Light Railway.
- Frank Short, British printmaker and teacher of printmaking was born in Wollaston
- Norman Whiting, English first-class cricketer was born in Wollaston
- Don Kenyon, English first-class cricketer lived most of his adult life in Wollaston
- Jan Pearson, actress known for her roles in Holby City and Doctors, was born and raised in Wollaston.
- "Dudley Ward population 2011". Retrieved 18 December 2015.
- "History of Wollaston website".
- Express and Star "Festive Lights Switched Off" article - 25 October 2006
- The Unicorn Inn, History of Wollaston, retrieved 26 February 2019