Sandwell’s main industrial growth, based on local coal and ironstone reserves, followed the coming of the canals in the 18th century. Ironworks were established, including the famous Soho Manufactory (1761) at Smethwick, which was associated with the engineers James Watt and Matthew Boulton.
Sandwell is a metropolitan borough of the West Midlands, which is named after Sandwell Priory, the ruins of which are located in Sandwell Valley. The borough comprises the towns of Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Tipton, Wednesbury and West Bromwich. Sandwell used to be a popular spot for car cruising until a High Court order banned the activity in 2015.
Things to do in Sandwell
Titford Pool – hidden away under the M5 motorway, located along the Titford Canal, this is a great place to see wildlife. Oldbury, Sandwell, B69 4SD.
Sheepwash Nature Reserve – 39 hectares of pools, woodland, grassland, marshes. Sheepwash Lane, Tipton, DY4 7JJ
Lightwoods Park and House – this 18th century house is a Grade II listed building which was built by Jonathan Grundy in 1780. The Shakespeare Garden is a walled garden with benches, ponds and flower beds. The park has a bowling green and skateboard ramp. The house is currently used for community events, weddings and has a café. Adkins Lane, Bearwood, Smethwick, B67 5DP.
Flip Out Trampoline Arena – trampolines, wall runners, foam pit, café and viewing areas – fun for all the family. 1 Churchbridge Industrial Estate, Churchbridge, Oldbury, B69 2AP.
Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery – this purpose-built Victorian museum houses old toys, fine art paintings, Ruskin pottery. The Nostalgia Rooms contain everyday objects from the 1960s and 1970s. Holyhead Road, Wednesbury, WS10 7DF.
Today Sandwell is an important centre of engineering and iron foundries, producing a wide range of metal products. Chemicals and glassmaking are also important industries.
If you’re visiting you should take a trip to Sandwell Valley Country Park (B71 4BG), The Oak House Museum (B70 8HJ) or Sandwell Park Farm (B71 4BG).
What do local family solicitors have to say…
‘We’ve helped approximately 75,000 individuals and 10,000 businesses throughout the Black Country and beyond.’Silks Solicitors are located at 27 Birmingham Street, Oldbury, B69 4DY
‘Dedicated to developing legal practice management software that helps generate efficiencies, profit and improve service.’SM Lawson Solicitors can be found at Market Pl, Tipton DY4 7AY
Stowe Family Law – “First class family solicitors and divorce lawyers in Birmingham.” – The Colmore Building, 20 Colmore Circus, Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6AT
Slater and Gordons – “Slater and Gordon’s solicitors in Birmingham offer exceptional, affordable legal services.” – Contact 03301076505
HRS Family Law Solicitors – “We are specialists in family law we do nothing else”. – 531 Bearwood Road, Smethwick, B66 4BE
How to deal with grief and loss
It’s also really important to allow your feelings to come out. Don’t try and push them down or away. Your stories have to be told; reminisce and remember. Even if you feel as though you are repeating yourself, don’t worry. This is all part of the grieving process which you need to feel and experience. You will probably start off shocked and numb, then move into angry and tired. Just remember that this is all normal; there is nothing wrong with what you are feeling.
There is no rush to get to where you believe you should be. Take your time. You may feel that you are dealing with this bereavement in a different way to how you dealt with other losses. That’s irrelevant. You can’t package up your feelings into an off-the-shelf product. What you feel is what you feel. Don’t beat yourself up. If you need time, take more time.
Be selfish and deal with your grief however you see fit. Don’t feel that you have to hold back with your feelings and be brave in front of family and friends because of what they may be going through. You won’t get a badge for bravery. If you are having a bad day, then just tell everyone. There is no point in supressing your feelings like a pressure cooker, waiting to explode at the first opportunity. Everything comes out at some point so it is far better to go through the process and feelings as you trundle along than you keep them hidden and then suffer a large explosion (and breakdown) in the future.
How can I help myself in Sandwell?
On the other hand, you will feel good helping others who are also grieving. Helping others will give you a boost; you won’t feel so alone. Take the time to listen as you help others, including any children who are trying to come to terms with their feelings around what has happened for the very first time. Grief can tear a family or friendship apart as it is a time of anxiety, anger, resentment and shock. Be aware of others feelings and handle everyone with caution. The slightest thing can cause a potential spark.