Black Country


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Black Country

A romantic view at the black country in the 1960's by: Peter Donnelly A fabulous collection of black country art taken in and around "old" Birmingham & The Black Country, England. These enchanting images of life are now available to order in a range of different formats. You will find this website is one of the black country's most historic portals. Where you can find some great images of old Birmingham photographs and a number of postcards, posters, canvas, prints and poems and also calenders to buy on-line or order. Back in the day the black country was a huge industrial area of west-central England centered on Birmingham. The black smoke from the factories is said to have given the region its name, but name most likely arose because in the region coal was at or near the surface. Absorbing honest emotion entrenched Illustration and acute moments captured across documentry film bringing into view the change of the flag-posts of an Golden Age muchly wiped away – the canals and railways so important to powering Birmingham's industrial revolution and the development of England & the United Kingdom. Decaying vistas, time-worn monuments, or simply sublime snapshots in time - this selection of imagery and verse is history with a heart. Peter started to add the verse during the 1980's-90's. Two albums have been produced more recently after finding layouts Peter had created. He also produced a unique series of poems postcards and posters about "Old Birmingham" "Black Country" which featured on BBC News, Radio WM & Midlands Today. Pictures canvas prints of Old Birmingham (Black Country) which Includes a good collection of fantastic photography of yesteryears the black country photoraphy and verse by Peter Donnelly.

Although you will not find the Black Country marked on any map, you can rest assured that it is there alright. It is funny that a part of the country can get its name from its main economic activity, a name that has stuck so far. The area referred to as Black Country got its name from the dark smoke of the steel mills and iron smelting industries of then, not to forget the 30ft coal seams that dotted the landscape. This was in the 19th century. This area, described as "black" by many people, for example, Elihu Burritt, the American consul to Birmingham in the 1800s century, Charles Dickens and other popular people, comprised, and still does, of areas like West Bromwich, Blackheath, Old Bury, Old Hill, and many others. But black country is not only known for its association with industrial works and billowing clouds of smoke. It is also a haven for art and literature. Today, this area covers the west Midlands region to the North West of Birmingham. It makes up the large area administered by the councils of Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Sandwell. The Black Country living museum can better attest to the fact that this area has a rich cultural and linguistic heritage, more than can be said about other areas of Britain. The good thing is that this has been preserved for future generations and so chances are that many years from now, there will always be Black Country, although there will never be any boundaries to show for it on the map. This area was home to many poets and literary greats of Britain. One of them, William Shenstone, a poet, came from there and to show how he loved this part of the country, he has consistently mentioned it in some of his poetry works. Charles Dickens, another literary great who did not live there, has also made a mention of this area in many of his works. In all things, Black Country has influenced the culture and literature of Britain greatly. There is no doubt that this will not change for a long time. As much as the origin of the name Black Country is in doubt, there is much more to this place than meets the eye. It has contributed a big chunk to Britain's history. In the infamous era of the catholic uprising, this area saw its fair share of fighting. It is also where Charles II regained his throne. Details of this and many more are evident in the books of history of Great Britain. During the industrial revolution that took the world by storm in the 18th and 19th century, who would have guessed that the billowing clouds of black smoke and red fires from the forges at night would earn this part, west of Birmingham, its name that it still holds to date? Though most of the industry is now largely gone from the Black Country, it will be remembered for a long time for its part in helping shape the industrial revolution.