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Wednesbury then and now

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 08, 2014

By Dan Shaw

  • View of Wednesbury today

  • Peter's shot of Wednesbury in the 1960s

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WE often talk of how much the Black Country has changed over the years and Bugle reader Peter G. Smith of Wolverhampton has sent in these pictures that illustrate the point

They show Peter's home town of Wednesbury and the first was taken by him in the 1960s. Peter returned to the same spot around 50 years later to take the second photograph.

The view has changed considerably in the intervening years. The industrial buildings that dominate Peter's earlier photograph have gone, as engineering declined and the sites have been redeveloped.

In the older picture Ocker Hill power station is a prominent feature. This landmark closed in 1977 and the cooling towers were demolished in 1985 before the housing was built on the site in the 1990s.

Have you any more pictures that show how the Black Country has changed over the years? Contact dshaw@blackcountry bugle.co.uk or write to 41 High Street, Cradley Heath, B65 5HL.

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