1) The Black Country Dialect
The nearest of England’s local dialects to Old English
2) Food or ‘Fittle’
Faggots and peas, Groaty pudding and pork scratchings are amongst the Black Country’s delicacies along with tripe and chitterlings.
There have been many famous breweries in the Black Country including Marston’s, Holdens, Batham’s Banks’s and Ma Pardoes in Netherton
4) Landmark Buildings
The Red House Glass Cone in Wordsley, The Manor House and The Public (now part of Sandwell College) in West Bromwich, Dudley Castle and Zoo
5) Famous Names
Dudley comic Lenny Henry, footballer Duncan Edwards and lead singer of Led Zeppelin Robert Plant, Oldbury’s Frank Skinner and Bearwood’s Julie Walters and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac
The two major Black Country football teams are West Bromwich Albion also known as The Baggies and Wolverhampton Wanderers or The Wolves. Walsall FC are nicknamed The Saddlers after the town’s leather trade
The Black Country was full of foundries, furnaces and steel works with companies like Walter Somers Ltd of Halesowen, Stewart’s and Lloyds of Wednesbury and The Round Oak Steel Works of Brierley Hill. It was said that The Black Country was ‘Black by Day and Red by Night’ with the smoke and soot of the furnaces covering the area by day and those same furnaces shining bright red by night.
Slade were a huge pop band in the 1970’s with hits like ‘Cum on Feel the Noize’ and that perennial Christmas favourite: ‘Merry Christmas’. Judas Priest and lead singer Rob Halford are the Black Country’s heavy rockers. Not forgetting Led Zeppelin: The Best Rock and Roll Band ever.
9) Myths and Legends
Famously a Military Band marched through Gornal and a resident put his ‘Pig on the Wall’ for a better view. Black Country Brewery Black Country Ales award-winning mild, a Black Country sweet dark beer beloved of the foundrymen of the area who drank it to slake their tremendous thirst, is called ‘Pig on the Wall’ in reference to this Black Country Myth. Halesowen has its own legend: ‘Who put Bella in the Wych Elm’ in reference to a mystery murder during the 1940’s.
10) Black Country Day and Flag
Black Country Day is on July 14th and the flag is red, white and black