SP0198 : Streets of Walsall 3-West Midlands

taken 4 years ago, near to Walsall, Great Britain

Streets of Walsall 3-West Midlands
Streets of Walsall 3-West Midlands
Walsall first appears in documents in 1002 as 'Walesho' - Walh being the Saxon word for a Welshman and Healh sheltered place. It does not seem to appear in Domesday Book as, just as with a number of other places, it was either missed or was included with another area or areas and did not appear as a separate entity in its own right. The railway arrived here in 1847. The town has been the birthplace of a number of celebrities, including Jerome K Jerome, author of Three Men In A Boat, The Idle Thoughts Of An Idle Fellow and Novel Notes, he is buried at Ewelme, Oxfordshire SU 6491 and more recently Noddy Holder of the group Slade. On 10th October 1847 there was a gas explosion in the town which killed one person and blew out the west window of St Matthew's Church. It was and still is a centre of the leather industry - this being reflected in the name of the shopping precinct the Saddlers Centre. In this view taken from Park Street, St Matthew's Church with its 170 feet high spire stands high up above the town. The oldest part of the building has been dated to about 1150 - restoration work was carried out in 1819 and 1879. Time taken 2.27 pm BST (British Summer Time).
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Date Taken
Friday, 22 May, 2015   (more nearby)
Monday, 8 June, 2015
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Business, Retail, Services  Roads, Road transport  City, Town centre 
Place (from Tags)
West Midlands  Walsall 
Primary Subject of Photo
Market Square 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0138 9841 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:35.0098N 1:58.8639W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0127 9849
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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