Woodside, Dudley

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Woodside
Woodside is located in the West Midlands
Woodside is located in the West Midlands
Woodside
Woodside shown within the West Midlands
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Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDUDLEY/BRIERLEY HILL
Postcode districtDY2, DY5
Dialling code01384
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52°29′35″N 2°06′50″W / 52.493°N 2.114°W / 52.493; -2.114Coordinates: 52°29′35″N 2°06′50″W / 52.493°N 2.114°W / 52.493; -2.114

Woodside is a residential area of Dudley in the West Midlands of England.

It was originally a separate manor from Dudley in a once rural area south-west of the town in the direction of Brierley Hill, but development along the main Dudley to Stourbridge towards the end of the 19th century saw it merged into Dudley County Borough. In 1890, the Earl of Dudley gave land for the establishment of Woodside Park and building Woodside Library. The Library was opened in 1896 and closed in 2008.[1]

It grew substantially after World War I, with significant private housing developments taking place along Stourbridge Road, as well as council housing in the 1920s and 1930s to rehouse families from slums. These including 220 "Homes for Heroes" which were built in the mid-1920s when council housing development in Dudley was in its early stages.

Since the mid-1980s, the main roads around Woodside have been plagued with congestion due to its close proximity to the Merry Hill Shopping Centre, and the fact that the centre's road links are very much the same to how they existed at the time of its opening.

The footballer William Ball was born at Woodside in 1886.

Duncan Edwards, who played for Manchester United and England, and died in the Munich air disaster of 1958, was born in a house on Malvern Crescent on 1 October 1936, but grew up two miles away on the Priory Estate.

Woodside was also the location of the Cochrane and Co. Ironworks and Foundry, which was responsible for much of the ironwork used in the construction of The Crystal Palace created for the Great Exhibition of 1851, as well as the production of the early Penfold-design pillar boxes.[2]

Harts Hill railway station, which was served by the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway and The South Staffordshire line between 1852 and 1993. The Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway was closed to all traffic in 1968 and the South Staffordshire Line was closed in sections. From Lichfield to Walsall in 1984 and Walsall to Brierley Hill in 1993.

Which meant that Harts Hill which closed to passengers in 1916 due to WW1 never reopened continued to be used for freight traffic and diverted traffic until 1993 when the line was closed from Walsall through Wednesbury, Great Bridge, Dudley Port, Dudley, Blowers Green and Harts Hill. With Round Oak, Brierley Hill, Brettell Lane and Stourbridge Junction remaining open after the closure to serve Round Oak Steel Terminal.

This station is proposed for a Midland Metro and Freight Traffic line which was given approval in 2016 with Harts Hill serving potentially as a branch off for the Midland Metro and freight traffic although this is still pending approval and funding.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Woodside Library building". Dudley News. Retrieved 2017-01-20.
  2. ^ "Cochrane and Co". Grace's Guide. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  • Black Country Bugle - 2 June 2005