West Midlands conurbation

The West Midlands Urban Area as at the 2001 Census
Skyline of Central Birmingham.
St Peter's Collegiate Church in Wolverhampton.
Solihull High Street.
Sutton Coldfield Town Hall.
Dudley Town Centre.
West Midlands conurbation at night from the ISS.

Large conurbation that includes the cities of Birmingham and Wolverhampton and the towns of Sutton Coldfield, Dudley, Walsall, West Bromwich, Solihull, Stourbridge and Halesowen in the English West Midlands.

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Halesowen

Market town in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, in the county of West Midlands, England.

The ancient parish of Halesowen was an exclave of Shropshire. (Historic County Borders Project)
Halesowen Abbey

Since the local government reorganisation of 1974 it has formed a part of the West Midlands Metropolitan county and Conurbation, in the Dudley Metropolitan Borough, which it joined at the same time as neighbouring Stourbridge, which had also been in Worcestershire until that point.

Sandwell

Metropolitan borough of the West Midlands county in England.

Street nameplate on Rutland Road in Smethwick in April 2007, showing painted out "County Borough" lettering.
Sandwell College in West Bromwich

The borough is named after the Sandwell Priory, and spans a densely populated part of the West Midlands conurbation.

Cannock

Town in the Cannock Chase district in the county of Staffordshire, England.

Arriva Midlands buses at Cannock Bus Station in December 2020
Walter Colman
Sir Patrick McLoughlin, 2017
Glenn Hughes, 2012
Jim Rhodes, 2010
Dave Norton, 2007

Cannock lies to the north of the West Midlands conurbation on the M6, A34 and A5 roads, and to the south of The Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

West Midlands (county)

Metropolitan county in the West Midlands Region, England with a 2020 estimated population of 2,939,927, making it the second most populous county in England after Greater London.

The arms of the West Midlands County Council, depicted here, became redundant with the abolition of the council in 1986 (though similar arms are used by the West Midlands Fire Service).
Map of West Midlands, showing urban areas in grey and metropolitan district boundaries
Population density map
Population density in the 2011 census in the West Midlands.
The arms of the West Midlands County Council, depicted here, became redundant with the abolition of the council in 1986 (though similar arms are used by the West Midlands Fire Service).

The county is sometimes described as the "West Midlands metropolitan area" or the "West Midlands conurbation" or "Greater Birmingham", although these have different, less clearly defined, boundaries.

Conurbation

Region comprising a number of metropolises, cities, large towns, and other urban areas that, through population growth and physical expansion, have merged to form one continuous urban or industrially developed area.

A map of the large conurbation area of Helsinki (in yellow) in Uusimaa, Finland
Satellite photo from 2012 showing Sydney in the centre, with Wollongong visible on the left and the Central Coast on the right
Nocturnal view of the New York City metropolitan area, the world's most brightly illuminated conurbation and largest urban landmass. Long Island extends 120 miles eastward from Manhattan, the central core of the conurbation.
The ten largest urban centers in China
Rhine-Ruhr, the largest conurbation of the European continent
2011 Rural Urban classification by Local Authority Districts in England
2011 Rural Urban classification by census Output Areas in England

He drew attention to the ability of the then new technology of electric power and motorised transport to allow cities to spread and agglomerate together, and gave as examples "Midlandton" in England, the Ruhr in Germany, Randstad in the Netherlands, and Northeastern Seaboard in the United States.

Hagley

Large village and civil parish in Worcestershire, England.

View from Hagley Hall towards West Hagley
The railway station at Hagley, an Edwardian postcard

Hagley is part of the West Midlands Urban Area as defined by the Office for National Statistics, and is joined to Stourbridge and the Black Country by the A491 and B4187 (formerly part of the A450).

Coleshill, Warwickshire

Market town in the North Warwickshire district of Warwickshire, England, taking its name from the River Cole, on which it stands.

Church of St Peter and St Paul
170514 stands at Coleshill Parkway

According to the 2001 Census statistics it is part of the West Midlands conurbation, despite gaps of open green belt land between Coleshill and the rest of the conurbation.

Warwickshire

County in the West Midlands region of England.

Warwick Castle
Chesterton Windmill
Warwickshire in 1832
Stratford-upon-Avon
Kenilworth Castle
Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick from Church Street
The West Coast Main Line at Rugby
The Oxford Canal at Napton-on-the-Hill

Warwickshire contains a large expanse of green belt area, surrounding the West Midlands and Coventry conurbations, and was first drawn up from the 1950s.

Perton

Large village and civil parish located in the South Staffordshire District, Staffordshire, England.

Eight exclaves of highly anomalous Cowley, all in Hillingdon, then in Middlesex.

However, Perton is part of the West Midlands conurbation, as defined by the Office for National Statistics.

Staffordshire

Landlocked county in the West Midlands of England.

John Speed's c. 1611 map of Staffordshire, showing the county's historic boundaries and its hundreds
Lichfield Cathedral
The Staffordshire Hoard, discovered in a field near Lichfield in July 2009, is perhaps the most important collection of Anglo-Saxon objects found in England.
Stafford town centre
Mow Cop Castle on the Staffordshire Moorlands
Stone railway station in Stone
The Broad Eye Windmill in Stafford, home of Windmill Broadcasting
Stafford Shire Hall
Boscobel House
Tamworth Castle
Lichfield Cathedral
Weston Park
Wightwick Manor
The Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal
Map of Staffordshire and its hundreds, by Wenceslas Hollar, c. 1627–1677

Staffordshire contains sectors of three green belt areas, two of which surround the large conurbations of Stoke-on-Trent and the West Midlands, and were first drawn up from the 1950s.