Place:Amblecote, Staffordshire, England

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NameAmblecote
TypeVillage, Urban district
Coordinates52.467°N 2.15°W
Located inStaffordshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inWest Midlands     (1974 - )
See alsoKingswinford Rural, Staffordshire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1898 (prior to becoming an urban district)
Dudley Metropolitan Borough, West Midlands, Englandmetropolitan borough of which it has been a part since 19074
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Amblecote was originally a village in Staffordshire near the River Stour, which formed the border with the county of Worcestershire. Prior to 1894 it was part of the parish of Oldswinford or Old Swinford, which was otherwise in Worcestershire. Amblecote was a separate division for rating purposes (local taxation assessment based on property) from those Stourbridge and Oldswinford (the two Worcestershire divisions of the parish). Since rates were separately collected for it, it became a civil parish in 1894. In that year, under the Local Government Act 1894, the parish of Amblecote became part of Kingswinford Rural District, but became an urban district by itself in 1898.

In 1966, Amblecote was divided between the boroughs of Dudley and Stourbridge with the area to the east of the railway line becoming part of Brierley Hill, and the remainder going into Stourbridge.

Since 1974 Amblecote has been an "urban village" in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley in the West Midlands, England.

History

From the 17th century, there have been glassworks in Amblecote, including Thomas Webb and Dennis Hall, and together with the adjoining village of Wordsley, formed the main centre of the Stourbridge glass industry, now known as "The Glass Quarter". The glass tradition was brought by Huguenot immigrants to the area. Glass is still produced to this day in albeit much reduced numbers following the deindustrialisation of the area in the 1980s and 1990s which saw the closure of many of the larger companies.

Other important industries included

  • Coal and fire clay mining, especially in the north-east of the village;
  • Fire brick and house brick manufacturing; (George King Harrison & Co.,William King and Co and Pearsons)
  • Ironworks, particularly the Stourbridge Ironworks of John Bradley & Co, which included the engineering works of Foster, Rastrick and Company, which made the Stourbridge Lion, the first train to run on American railways and the Agenoria, another important early locomotive.
  • Davits and ship equipment.

Agriculture continued well into the 20th century. The ancient Manor House of Amblecote Hall went back to Norman times, and had a farm attached to it. The Hall was probably rebuilt, and perhaps relocated, several times over the intervening centuries, the last Hall was lived in by a number of prominent people throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. The Gittens family lived there until the Hall was demolished in 1952 due to mining subsidence. The farm disappeared when the whole area to the east of the Western Fault was open cast mined to extract the coal in the mid-1960s.

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