Halesowen /heɪlzˈoʊ.ᵻn/ is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, in the West Midlands, England.

Sandvik's UK headquarters are based here as well as Somers Forge, mFortune,[17] SomersTotalKare and the Mucklow Group.[citation needed]

Halesowen College Whittingham Road Halesowen West Midlands B63 3NA

How to Find It: From the A456 the footpath can be found 150 metres west of the Black Horse pub. Follow the footpath south for a further 150 metres to a point just over the stile from where the Abbey can best be viewed.

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Head into Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter and take a guided tour around the J.W. Evans Silver Factory, or go south of the city and visit the stunning shell of Witley Court, with its beautiful gardens and woodland. The independent tearoom next door serves delicious light lunches and cakes.

During the 18th century Halesowen developed rapidly as a result of the Industrial Revolution. The manufacture of nails was the staple trade in the town and many mills were used for slitting and iron production.[9] Coal had been mined in the area from at least the reign of Edward I.[9] Dating to 1893, Coombes Wood was the largest colliery in the town; at its peak in 1919 Halesowen had 130 working mines.[10]

In 2007–08, Halesowen underwent a £30 million regeneration of part of its town centre, which has included the construction of a new Asda supermarket located in the Cornbow Centre, together with a new multi-storey car park, a rebuilt bus station and improvements to the road layout.[16]

Exterior open to view any reasonable time during daylight hours

Halesowen is the base for two Amateur Dramatic Societies – Startime Variety (pantomimes in January and Summer Variety shows around July, both at the Cornbow Hall Theatre) and Mayhem Theatre Company (comedies and dramas, normally two shows per year at the Leasowes Theatre).

Dogs: Horses may be grazing in the fields adjacent to the footpath, so please keep your dog on a lead.

The Cycling Section at Halesowen Athletic and Cycling club ranks in British Cycling's top 30. It has a very strong youth programme with several current national champions. They also have a tennis club adjacent to the velodrome.

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Remains of an abbey founded by King John in the 13th century.

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Halesowen Cricket Club are based at Seth Somers Park just off the A456 Manor Way. The club operates four teams competing in the Birmingham and District Premier League and the Worcestershire County League.

Communicourt are the leading providers of Non-registered Intermediaries to the criminal and family courts and its headquarters are in Halesowen

Although predominantly urban or suburban in character, Halesowen borders on green belt land with excellent access to the countryside, for example the Clent Hills. It has extensive road links including Junction 3 of the M5 motorway, which allow easy commuting to Birmingham, other areas of the Black County or nationwide. The centre of Birmingham is approximately 30 minutes away by car and reachable by the number 9 bus.

Halesowen is located approximately 7 miles (11 km) south-west of central Birmingham at the edge of the West Midlands conurbation.

There are currently 14 primary schools, 3 secondary schools and a further education college situated within the district of Halesowen.


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Richmond Boys School and Walton Girls School were merged in September 1985 to form Windsor High School, a mixed 11-16 comprehensive school based at an expanded Richmond site, while the Walton site was annexed into Halesowen College until it was sold off for a housing development 18 years later.

In the 1960s, the town centre underwent vast redevelopment which saw most of the older buildings demolished. The high street was pedestrianised and a shopping precinct (called "The Precinct") was developed, housing many new retail units as well as a new public library. The centre was refurbished in the late 1980s and placed undercover, being renamed The Cornbow Centre at this time.

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The rest of the Dudley Metropolitan Borough consisted of 5–8 first and 8–12 middle schools (barring Stourbridge and Kingswinford, which had both retained the traditional 5–7 infant and 7–11 junior schools) until following the suit of Halesowen and reverting to the traditional ranges in 1990.

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The centre of Halesowen is home to a Norman church, a football ground (where non-league Halesowen Town F.C. play) and College of Further Education which was founded in 1939.

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Most of the town centre was rebuilt in the 1960s to create a modern shopping area that incorporated a new library as well as many supermarkets and shops centred around the Cornbow Centre. This was refurbished in the late 1980s to create a covered shopping area.