Wollaston, West Midlands

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Wollaston
Wollaston is located in West Midlands county
Wollaston
Wollaston
Location within the West Midlands
Population13,092 (2011.Ward. Wollaston and Stourbridge Town)[1]
OS grid referenceSO888849
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townStourbridge
Postcode districtDY8
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52°27′43″N 2°09′59″W / 52.46193°N 2.16627°W / 52.46193; -2.16627Coordinates: 52°27′43″N 2°09′59″W / 52.46193°N 2.16627°W / 52.46193; -2.16627

Wollaston is a village on the outskirts of Stourbridge in the English West Midlands. It is located in the south of the Dudley Metropolitan Borough, one mile from Stourbridge town centre.

History[edit]

Until 1974 when the Dudley Borough boundaries were moved, Wollaston was in Worcestershire.

Wollaston Hall[edit]

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.[2]

Birthplace of steam locomotive[edit]

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.

Wollaston Illuminations[edit]

The "Wollaston Illuminations" in Leonard Road were an annual Christmas lights display which attracted people from all over the Black Country[citation needed] 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.[3]

Present[edit]

Wollaston's main is thoroughfare is Bridgnorth Road, which is home to a few pubs, restaurants and shops. The Unicorn Inn is a Bathams pub which was built in 1859. [4]

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.

Education[edit]

Wollaston has two primary schools The Ridge Primary School and St James's C of E Primary – and one secondary, Ridgewood High School.

Transport[edit]

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.

Notable residents[edit]

  • 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.

Further reading[edit]

  • A History of Wollaston, H.O.W. Group ISBN 0-9547053-0-0

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