Heritage Trail & Education Pack

This page, and the Cradley Heritage Trail itself, are published with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Many years ago the Cradley Then & Now Group published a book of the same name, sub-titled A Book by Cradley Folk, About Cradley Folk, For Cradley Folk. The first section was the narrative for a Cradley Trail, a walking route taking in 44 places of interest in Cradley, with some detail on each one. The book is out of print but the Cradley Heritage Project has made it possible to produce a new, expanded version of the Cradley Trail, with more information about 70+ places of special interest and illustrations.

Cradley Heritage Trail: Cradley Heritage Project, with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund

The new Cradley Heritage Trail is available as a booklet, and we are also making it available for download from this page (below). You will need "pdf reader" software to read the Diary. If one is not already installed on your computer, there are many to choose from, mostly free to download and use, for example, PDF-XChange Viewer.

The walk can be started from any point along the trail. Where you need to cross a road there is always a pedestrian crossing.

The Cradley Heritage Project has also produced an Education Pack (also a PDF document) as a resource for teaching aspects of Cradley history in local schools: Mahlah Homer, William Caslon, Nail & Chain Making, Steve Bloomer, Elizabeth Beardsley and War Memorials.

Finally, the Heritage Project has produced a pack of 3 DVD films providing a series of more detailed stories divided into three categories: History & People; Work & Play; and War & Peace.

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Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

The HLF gives grants to a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the United Kingdom. HLF distributes a share of the money raised by the National Lottery for Good Causes. It enables communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about our diverse heritage.

From museums and historic buildings to local parks and beauty spots, or recording and celebrating traditions, customs and history, HLF grants open up the nation's heritage for everyone to enjoy.

HLF invests 208 million a year in new projects in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Since 1994 HLF has supported over 30,000 projects allocating over 4.5 billion across the UK.

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