Welcome to distinctly black country

This network aims to link people who are interested in the way the past has made the modern Black Country landscape. We also want to describe its characteristic features, and to get people out exploring the things that make it special and different.

sharing_storeys_promotion3What is the Black Country?
The Black Country is a large urban area in the English West Midlands about 200 kilometres North West of London. Depending on which version of history you prefer, it takes its name either from the soil which was made dark by outcropping coal or from the thick pollution created by thousands of chimneys and hearths which sprang up during the area’s industrialisation.

Read more about what made the Black Country landscape