Brierley Hill - OUR 2021 JOURNEY
Largely a part of the industrial revolution Brierley Hill has a relatively recent history, with the first records of the town dating back to the 17th century. The town became heavily industrialised by the beginning of the 19th century, with a number of quarries, collieries, glass and iron works. By the start of the 20th century the raw mineral deposits had become depleted leading to the closure of many of those industries and a decline in manufacturing. It was time for the town to diversify.
Richardson, born in Brierley Hill, specialised in commercial development,
alongside his twin brother Roy. They were
born a few streets away from the Round Oak steel works that once occupied the
Merryhill site. When the steel works
closed in December 1982, the Richardsons set about revamping the site. By 1989 they had created the Merryhill Shopping Centre, one of the biggest in Europe.
If a little more history is your passion then this area certainly will not disappoint. The remains of 11th century Dudley Castle is just a short drive from Brierley Hill. Originally a wooden motte and bailey castle, built soon after the Norman Conquest and rebuilt as a stone fortification in the 12th century, but subsequently demolished on the orders of King Henry II. Rebuilding the castle took place from the second half of the 13th century and culminated in the constructionof a range of buildings within the fortifications by John Dudley. Today Dudley Zoo is located within its grounds.
We cannot wait for Your Circus to return to Brierley Hill - Its going to be 'Unbelievable!'