Walsall [ wɔ ː ː lsɔ l] is a city with about 170,000 inhabitants in the West Midlands in England. She is the eponymous site of the nucleus and the administrative seat of the larger Metropolitan Borough of Walsall.
The city is an industrial center ( the manufacture of leather goods, mainly horse saddles and harness, electrical and chemical industry), in the area mining of coal and limestone and cultural center of the region with museums, cinemas and galleries.
Mentioned for the first time in 1002, the resort has received its town charter in 1159. 1554 the Queen Mary's Grammar School was opened.
In the 17th century, Walsall was a center of leather goods production. The connection to the railway network in 1847, promoted the economic development of the city.
Worth seeing are the Walsall Museum, the Leather Museum and the New Art Gallery.
Sons and daughters of the town
- John Edward Gray (1800-1875), zoologist
- Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927), writer
- Michael Fitzgerald ( b. 1937 ), diplomat and Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church
- Peter Radford ( b. 1939 ), Athlete
- Peter McEnery ( b. 1940 ), actor
- Dave Walker ( born 1945 ), musician
- Rob Halford ( born 1951 ), lead singer of Judas Priest
- Martin Fowler ( born 1963 ), computer scientists and software developers
- Rachel Unitt ( b. 1982 ), football player
Walsall is served by the M5 and M6 Motorways of the British road network. A few kilometers north of the city lies with the M6 Toll also Britain's first toll motorway.
On the rail may Walsall over railroad tracks from Birmingham, Stafford and Wolverhampton ( - Shrewsbury ) can be achieved. All three routes will be operated in passenger by the railway company Central Trains.