Mining in the West Midlands, beyond the black stuff

Aside from coal, the West Midlands has witnessed significant limestone and ironstone mining.

The prosperity of the Black Country region, in particular, came from mining ironstone, limestone and fireclay alongside coal.

As a result of intense mining, subsidence has been widely reported throughout the West Midlands.

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Our mining searches in the West Midlands:

Limestone mining search

The West Midlands saw extensive limestone mining. Alongside other extracted minerals it completely changed the local landscape.

Dudley, Walsall and Wednesbury are prime examples of where intense mining took place. Evidence of more localised mining can be found in Alderidge, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.

Ironstone mining search

Often associated with coal deposits, ironstone was extracted throughout the West Midlands; most notably in Bilston, Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, Wednesbury, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.

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