Clay miles: Henry Doulton in the Black Country

On the North Worcestershire Path, not far from Iverley, there is a broken water pipe lying to one side of the track. It's a bit forlorn, but clearly a very nice thing: it's glazed, and the makers have taken the trouble to brand it: Doulton. There are many industries that have a ready association with the …

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Tekkin’ the wammel up the cut: a landscape history

Cobbs Engine House and the Netherton Tunnel Branch Canal, by Stuart Hyde. Apologies firstly for the lack of recent posts, deadlines and yadda yadda. Happily, my most recent is just past, so I rewarded myself by taking the dog for a walk on the cansl (or as it's properly said, tekkin' the wammel up the cut). I lived …

Reading the landscape

Read most economic histories of Britain and you'll get a strong sense that the Black Country made its name, wealth and population based on the extractive industries, and that as easily accessible resources were found elsewhere in the country in the first half of the nineteenth century, the region went into decline. It's certainly true that iron and coal …