Visit Walsall and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Walsall, West Midlands, is now an industrial town of a hundred trades but was once famous for only one — the working of leather. The nickname of the town's football team, the Saddlers, commemorates this connection. Today only the records remain of the town's long history: the first charter dated 1159; the Roll of Mayors back to 1377; the links with Warwick the Kingmaker, whose crest of bear and ragged staff appear in the Walsall coat of arms. The crypt of the Parish Church of St Matthew, dating from the early 13th century, is probably the oldest building. An unusual feature of the church is the evidence in the vaulted archway beneath the high altar that a road once ran under the chancel.
Walsall's most famous son is Jerome K. Jerome, author of Three Men in a Boat, whose birthplace in Bradford Street is marked by a plaque. In the town centre, on The Bridge, is a bronze statue to Dorothy Pattison, known as Sister Dora, who spent 12 memorable years between 1865 and 1877 caring for Walsall's sick in an age when industrial accidents were common and smallpox epidemics not unknown.
The town, now including Willenhall, Darlaston and parts of Wednesbury and Bilston, has an impressive number of parks, playing fields and open spaces. The finest is undoubtedly the Arboretum, 80 acres set among trees and lakes, within two minutes' walk of the town centre.
Willenhall has been turning out locks and keys for 400 years and most of those manufactured in England still originate here.
Nearby cities: Birmingham, Wolverhampton
Nearby towns: Brownhills, Cannock, Dudley, Lichfield, Sutton Coldfield, West Bromwich
Nearby villages: Aldridge, Aston, Bilston, Bloxwich, Bordesley, Brierley Hill, Burntwood, Bushbury, Chasetown, Coseley, Darlaston, Erdington, Fallings Park, Four Ashes, Four Oaks, Gornalwood, Great Barr, Great Wyrley, Hammerwich, Handsworth, Hilton, Hockley, Holford, Holly Lane, Lower Gornal, Lower Stonnall, Monmore Green, Norton Canes, Ocker Hill, Old Hill, Oldbury, Pelsall, Perry Barr, Rowley Regis, Saltley, Sandwell, Sedgley, Shareshill, Smethwick, Stechford, Stonnall, Streetly, Swan Village, Tipton, Tyburn, Upper Stonnall, Walsall Wood, Wednesbury, Wednesfield, Willenhall, Witton, Wylde Green
Have you decided to visit Walsall or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Walsall bed and breakfast (a Walsall B&B or Walsall b and b)
- a Walsall guesthouse
- a Walsall hotel (or motel)
- a Walsall self-catering establishment, or
- other Walsall accommodation