Dudley (/ˈdʌdli/ DUD-lee) is a large town in the West Midlands of England, 6 miles (9.7 km) south-east of Wolverhampton and 8 miles (13 km) north-west of Birmingham. The town is the administrative centre of the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley and in 2011 had a population of 79,379. However, this figure excludes areas such as Sedgley and Gornal, which under previous methodology were included in the town's urban area, which had a population of 194,919 at the 2001 census. The wider Metropolitan Borough, which includes the towns of Stourbridge and Halesowen, has a population of 312,900 (see demography). Dudley is sometimes called the capital of the Black Country.
Originally a market town in the Middle Ages, Dudley was one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, and grew into an industrial centre during the 19th century with its iron, coal, and limestone industries. The subsequent decline of industry, along with the relocation of its commercial centre to the nearby Merry Hill Shopping Centre in the 1980s, has damaged the town in recent years. Tourist attractions include Dudley Zoo, Dudley Castle, the Black Country Living Museum, and the historic marketplace.
By Dean Hanley
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