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Black Country Heritage Day 2015

Saturday 4th July 2015
10.00am - 3.00pm

St Andrew's, Carters Green
Dudley Street, West Bromwich
B70 9LR


Black Country Heritage Day at St Andrew's

We're celebrating a Black Country Heritage Day at St Andrew's!

It's being held on Saturday 4th July from 10.00am - 3.00pm. This year we're holding a week or so ahead of the main events of the annual Black Country Festival which is the following weekend, the closest to 14th July which is Black Country Day itself.

The St Andrew's event will be a "drop in" style. There's an open invitation for people to call in and bring their memorabilia, photos and memories to share. Maybe they'll bump into old friends. The items they bring will stay in their care and possession and arrive and leave with them. We don't expect anyone to leave treasured possessions with us!

We will have some treasured possessions of our own on display though. As well as old church photographs we're also making the church registers available to view. We'll have Registers of Baptism and Registers of Marriage available to view. The ones we usually have in church date from 1910 for baptisms and 1916 for marriage. However the older ones, from 1879, will be back in the parish on loan from Staffordshire Archive Service, just for the day. Anyone wanting to browse, or look up specific family history dates, will have supervised access to all of these.

There'll also be refreshments of course.

Tables laid out with photos and maps for the Heritage Day in July 2014.

Registers of Baptism and Marriage dating back to 1879 will once again be available for viewing this year.


Some of the photos exhibited last year are now in the history pages on the St Andrew's website.

Click here to access: St Andrew's, Carters Green


Some information about the wider context of Black Country Day and Festival.

Black Country Festival Weekend

The Black Country Festival is going to be annual event. The main events will rotate around the four Black Country boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. This year the main events are focussed on Dudley. Full details can be found on their designated website here.

The Black Country Flag

The Black Country Flag (right) was the winning design in a competition organised by the Black Country Museum in 2012. It was designed by Gracie Sheppard and is inspired the remark in 1862 of the American Consul in Birmingham who described our region as "black by day and red by night". The chains are one of the typical products of the Black Country and the white area represents a glass cone, a feature of another of the typical industries of the area.

Black Country Day - July 14th every year

July 14th has been chosen as the annual Black Country Day as it marks the anniversary of the invention by Thomas Newcomen of the world's first steam engine, known therafter as the Newcomen Engine, on that day in 1712. It's recorded as being first in use at Coneygree Coal Works near Dudley and it's technology was the prompt that led to the industrial heritage of our proud Black Country.


Click on the image opposite to download a poster and help advertise the event.