WOLVERHAMPTON is a county borough in the West Midlands in the south-west of Staffordshire. It lies thirteen miles from Birmingham, on the north-west extremity of the Black Country. The town centre is 530 feet above sea level on the top of the northwest end of a sandstone ridge which runs north to south and divides the watersheds of the Severn and the Trent. To the east the ridge slopes down to the conurbation of the Black Country, an industrial area built up all the way to Birmingham, while to the west it spreads out to the lush farming country of the Shropshire plain. Geology and geography have put the town half in and half out of the Black Country, for its south-eastern part rests on coal, ironstone and limestone, while in the north and west the earth is rich fertile clay.
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- E. H. Fowler, The Life of Henry Hartley Fowler, London, 1912.Google Scholar
- In the late nineteenth century many wealthy citizens donated money to establish various institutions in the town. It was a great era of municipal patriotism. See W. H. Jones, The Story of the Municipal Life of Wolverhampton, London, 1903.Google Scholar