Place:Dudley, Worcestershire, England

TypeInhabited place
Coordinates52.5°N 2.083°W
Located inWorcestershire, England
Also located inWest Midlands, England    
Contained Places
Dudley Castle
Saint Thomas
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Dudley is a large town in the West Midlands county of England and the administrative and financial centre of the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley. At the 2001 census, the population of Dudley town (as opposed to the wider borough) was given as being 194,919, making it Britain's second biggest town without city status. This figure does not include the towns of Stourbridge or Halesowen, which make up the larger borough, but does include outlying districts such as Sedgley and Gornal. Some people prefer to measure the population as being the Dudley built-up area, which according to the 2011 census had a population of 79,379, with the wider metropolitan borough having a population of 312,925.

Dudley is part of the West Midlands conurbation and is located six miles south of the city of Wolverhampton and eight miles northwest of the city of Birmingham. It is the largest town in the Black Country region of England, and for many years the town (but not the castle, which was outside the boundary in Staffordshire) formed part of an exclave of the county of Worcestershire. Despite the more recent changes in county boundaries, the town and borough still remain part of the Anglican Diocese of Worcester.

In recent years Dudley has become considerably run down, with the creation of the Merry Hill Shopping Centre just under 3 miles away at Brierley Hill resulting in the majority of major retailers and businesses relocating out of the town centre. The decision by the local authority in 2008 to move the Strategic Town Centre designation to Brierley Hill has been yet another blow for the town, which continues to decline.

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