If you want to stay at the heart of things, the busy town of Dudley in the West Midlands might be the place to live, invest, start a family or continue your further education. Here are some reasons why …
House Prices 🏠
- Most expensive property: £620,000
- Average house price in Dudley: £148,243
- Cheapest property: £39,999 (flat, leasehold).
Property Investment 🏠 🏠
- Trends in house prices in Dudley have performed rather better than similar towns in the Midlands, with an increase of 5% during the past 12 months and 11% on values in 2014
- Of its total population of just over 300,000, Dudley’s working age population is almost 200,000
- The percentage of the population having 5 or more GCSEs (including English and Maths) is higher than the both the West Midlands and UK averages.
- Although it was originally a market town, in the 19th century Dudley became one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, from which its iron, coal, and limestone industries grew
- Today’s economic picture is somewhat less positive for both former manufacturing and retail sectors
- One of the major concerns for economic growth in Dudley is the need to create more jobs.
Location and Transport 🚌
- Just six miles from Wolverhampton and 10 miles from Birmingham, Dudley really is at the heart of things – and has often been called the capital of the Black Country
- Its central location provides easy access to just about anywhere else in the country, with easy access to the national motorway network
- International flights may be made from Birmingham Airport, which is only 19 miles to the east of the town.
- Dudley College – situated to the north of the town centre – provides a range of course in further education
- There are four secondary schools – Castle High School, Holly Hall Academy, The Hillcrest School, and a Roman Catholic secondary school, Bishop Milner Catholic College
- A range of primary schools serves the town’s educational needs for 5 to 11-year-olds.
- The Black Country Living Museum provides a first-hand experience of life in Dudley during its nineteenth century heyday
- In addition, the Dudley Time Trail is marked by 30 bronze plaques throughout the town, tracing its history from its earliest days, its strategic important during the English Civil War, up to the present day
- Dudley Zoo continues to be a major national attraction.
Finally, did you know …
- As its local capital, Dudley hosts an annual Black Country Day every July
- The Black Country takes its name from an especially wide coal seam – the 30-ft. seam – which makes ground level in the area and turns the colour of the soil black
- Julie Walters, Robert Plant, Noddy Holder and, of course, Lenny Henry, are all from the Black Country or Dudley itself.