- Rowley Regis
Infobox UK place
official_name= Rowley Regis
region= West Midlands
post_town= ROWLEY REGIS
constituency_westminster= Halesowen and Rowley Regis
metropolitan_county= West Midlands
Rowley Regis is a town in the
Sandwellmetropolitan borough of the West Midlands county, and a part of the Black Countryin the United Kingdom. Being part of the Black Country, locals speak with the traditional dialect, though in a form which is regarded by many as the quickest and the hardest to understand.
It started life centuries ago as a small village which surrounded the parish church of St Giles. It began to develop as a town between the two world wars, when thousands of privately owned and local authority houses were built in the surrounding area. During that time, Rowley Regis expanded to coalesce with Blackheath, Old Hill and
Cradley Heath. These places were all within the ancient parish of Rowley Regis, which (despite being in Staffordshire) was in the diocese of Worcester. The parish contained the manors of Rowley Regis and Rowley Somery, the latter being part of the barony of Dudley, but the extents of these manors and the relationship between them are not clear.
The village sits on Rowley Hill which makes up part of the
Rowley Hillsfamed for the quarrying of Rowley RagStone.
The present St Giles Church on Church Road is not the first church. It was designed by
Holland W. Hobbissand A. S. Dixonand was built in 1923. ["The Buildings of England: Worcestershire", Nikolaus Pevsner, 1963 p89] The previous church, built in 1904 was burned down in 1913 by arsonists. Prior to that, the original church, built in 1840, was found to be unsafe and condemned in 1900.
In 1966, Rowley Regis borough merged with the borough of Oldbury and Smethwick
county boroughto form Warley County Borough and became part of Worcestershire. Eight years later in 1974, on the formation of the West Midlands Metropolitan county, Warley merged with West BromwichCounty Borough to form Sandwell Metropolitan Borough. It is now right in the core of the West Midlands conurbation. Rowley Regis railway stationopened in 1867.
grammar schoolwas opened on Hawes Lane in September 1962, however in 1974 the site continued to function, but as Rowley Regis 6th Form College, the last intake of grammar school pupils having been inducted the previous year. The building itself closed in 2003 to become part of Dudley College, who used it as a campus until 2004. The building was demolished over the winter of 2007/2008 and the site is to be redeveloped as the new St Michael's Church of England High School, which is set to open in about 2010 to replace the existing 1960s structure on Throne Road.Well known former pupils at the Grammar School were Pete Williams (original bass player with 80's group Dexy's Midnight Runners) and actress Josie (born Wendy) Lawrence
* Rowley Village
* Lion Farm
* Brickhouse Farm
* The Green
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