Where is Cradley?

Cradley's Location

Black Country Map: Location of Cradley in Dudley Borough in the south of the Black Country. [Image courtesy of Black Country Investments]

Cradley is an ancient town in the industrial, urban Black Country in the Midlands of England, situated close to the much newer town of Cradley Heath, which grew up on Cradley's heathland in relatively modern times.

Historically our Cradley was in the north of the county of Worcestershire but local government boundary changes have "moved" it into Dudley in the West Midlands. For Poor Law and early Census purposes Cradley was in the Stourbridge Union and Stourbridge Registration District respectively. The Stourbridge registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths are now held at the Dudley Register office.

  • Elevation above sea level: 125 metres
  • Location World: 52° 27’ 43” North   2° 05’ 06” West
  • Location British Isles: SP 943 849 (Ordnance Survey Grid Reference)

IMPORTANT: There is another Cradley some 30 miles away to the south in rural Herefordshire, near the Malvern Hills, a different place altogether. This other Cradley is spelt the same but pronounced differently - like "bad" or "sad", whereas our Cradley is pronounced more like a baby's "cradle".

The Black Country

The Black Country today lies within the borders of Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall Boroughs and Wolverhampton City but does not actually coincide with any "official" boundaries. There is no definitive map of the Black Country. In fact, it almost defies definition. However, we all know where we are from, even if we might have slightly differing views over exactly what is in and what's not in our dark region. Some places are like that!

The Black Country was not always so-called, but the industrial revolution transformed the area now known by this name. Indeed, our black country was home to that revolution. By the mid-nineteenth century it had been described as 'The Iron Country', the 'Staffordshire Mining District' and finally the Black Country. In 1868 Elihu Burritt, who trained as a blacksmith before he became the American Consul in Birmingham, published his book 'Walks in the Black Country and its Green Borderland'.

The name Black Country derives from the important coal mining industry, the spoil from which was deposited around the pits, turning green to black. And it owes something to the overwhelming presence of smoke from the iron works that made our homeland "black by day, red by night". Cradley Forge was one of the iron works where Dud Dudley first smelted iron with coal in the early years of the seventeenth century. Cradley later became known throughout the world for its hand-made iron chain.

Cradley Map

Cradley Map: Cradley tagged with place and street names [Thanks to Google Earth™ and FotoTagger software]

We are able to bring you an aerial map of Cradley and the immediately surrounding district, with pointers naming the main areas, streets and buildings of the town.

We hope this will help you find your way around. If the place you are interested in is still not to be found, contact us and we will try to help.

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If you have Google Earth™ installed, click to download a tiny map file called "cradley.kmz". When this Google Earth file is downloaded, double click it and it will open the Google Earth programme and take you straight to Cradley. The file will then show up under your Temporary Places in Google Earth and you can save it to My Places folder if you would like to re-visit it at a later date.

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