That Birmingham should be regarded as the capital of a West Midland Region, nobody would be likely to dispute ; but how the limits of such a region should be drawn might be a matter for considerable debate. In the middle of the twentieth century, it may seem reasonable to fix the outer boundary at a generous distance, so as to include the whole of Shropshire and Herefordshire as well as Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire. That Fawcett, on the basis of the evidence of half a century ago, should adopt the same generous limits (excepting only north Staffordshire) may be accounted for more by the difficulty of assigning Shropshire and Herefordshire to any other region than by any definite feeling he can have had that the links of these counties with Birmingham were particularly strong in his time. The problem suggests that the best way of dealing with the region, as defined by Fawcett, is to take the metropolis and the contiguous industrial area first, and then to deal with the remoter urban and rural constituencies which lay beyond, and which were more heterogeneous in character.


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  • Henry Pelling
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  1. 1.St. John’s CollegeCambridgeUK

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