The Stourbridge area is served by commercial stations broadcasting from Wolverhampton and Birmingham as well as three BBC Local Radio stations broadcasting from Worcestershire, Shropshire and Birmingham: BBC Hereford and Worcester, BBC Radio Shropshire and BBC WM.
A long-running cafe, The Well, closed in early 2013 after 22 years of service in the High Street. It has now been replaced by a restaurant called Vines.
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The Biennale does not aim to establish an historical survey but to take the pulse of the current British glass scene; to observe, reflect and catalogue trends and influences emerging each year. It also aims to put makers in the UK on an international platform, and celebrate what is being achieved in this country with glass.
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Stourbridge used to be served by four cinemas. The "Danilo" at the end of the Hagley Road is now the site of the Picture House nightclub. The oldest and smallest (The Scala, later known as the Savoy) was to be found at the top of Lower High Street. A third on the High Street (The Odeon) was incorporated into the Owen Owen store, which closed in about 1990. This was discovered when demolition began to create the new Wilkinsons store in the mid-1990s.
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Stourbridge Junction is on the former Oxford-Worcester-Wolverhampton Line. Just to the north of the station is Stambermill Viaduct over the River Stour and the A458 road. The railway towards Dudley closed to passengers in 1962 and is now used solely as a freight line.
Stourbridge glass is recognised as amongst the finest in the world and has been used countless times as gifts for royalty and visiting dignitaries. However, in recent years, the industry has been almost obliterated by the effects of globalisation, with the glassmaking companies moving abroad.
The group won a community radio licence in September 2005, called 102.5 The 'Bridge. Test transmissions began on 102.5FM on 4 December 2007, with full programming launching on 1 January 2008 at 10.25am. On 14 September 2015, the station merged with Black Country Community Radio to become Black Country Radio. The station is also available on a small-scale DAB multiple in Birmingham.
Stourbridge Golf Course is also mentioned by P. G. Wodehouse.
The Red House Cone, thought to be the only complete remaining glass cone of its kind, stands on the Stourbridge Canal at Wordsley. It is the site of the Red House Glass Museum and there are regular demonstrations of blowing glass in the traditional way, and a collection of Stourbridge glass can be seen at Broadfield House Glass Museum in Kingswinford.
Much of the town consists of suburban streets, interspersed with green spaces. Stourbridge borders on green belt land, and is close to unspoiled countryside with rural Shropshire close by to the west. The Clent Hills, Kinver Edge and large areas of farmland lie to the south and west.
In addition, there is a sixth form for both genders at Old Swinford Hospital school, founded in 1667 by Thomas Foley.
Stourbridge has several secondary schools including Redhill School, Old Swinford Hospital, Pedmore Technology College and Ridgewood High School, as well as Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School.
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During the 1980s and the early 1990s, four Stourbridge bands - Diamond Head, The Wonder Stuff, Pop Will Eat Itself and Ned's Atomic Dustbin - all enjoyed chart success. Other notable musicians include Clint Mansell, the 80s Doom Metal band Witchfinder General and Robert Plant (of Led Zeppelin) who attended the then King Edward VI Grammar School for Boys (now King Edward VI College, Stourbridge)
Stourbridge appears in two great works of poetry from the 20th century: Finnegans Wake by James Joyce and The Cantos of Ezra Pound.
Stourbridge Bus Station has undergone redevelopment and re-opened as Stourbridge Interchange in April 2012. Consultation for the new station first began in 2006 but construction did not begin until late 2010.
The town is served by National Route 54 of the National Cycle Network.
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Stourbridge is the only town in the Dudley borough to still operate a traditional school system with 5-7 years of age for infants, 7-11 for junior pupils and 11-16/18 for secondary students.
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The town and surrounding area is at the south western extremity of the Black Country and the majority of the working-class population retain the region's accent and dialect.
Stourbridge lies on the River Stour and is linked to the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal and the Dudley No. 1 Canal by the Stourbridge Canal. This places the town on the Stourport Ring, a popular route with holidaymakers and is navigable by narrowboat.
There is also a complex network of bus routes, both interurban and local.
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The population, as recorded in the United Kingdom Census 2001, was 55,480, increasing to 63,298 at the 2011 Census. Stourbridge is included in the Stourbridge parliamentary constituency, currently held by Margot James of the Conservative Party.
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GCSE results achieved by pupils in Stourbridge are consistently among the best in the Dudley borough. Old Swinford Hospital school is currently the highest performing school in the area.
Stourbridge has a railway station called Stourbridge Junction on the Birmingham to Kidderminster line, with a frequent and efficient train service and the town is also served by the shortest railway branch line in Europe, the Stourbridge Town Branch Line, with a shuttle service from Stourbridge Junction on the Birmingham - Kidderminster line to Stourbridge Town railway station in the town centre.
The Ruskin Glass Centre The Ruskin Glass Centre is situated in Stourbridge's historic glass quarter; located within the industrial heartland of the West Midlands; on the site of the former Webb Corbett/Royal Doulton glass factory. It is also the site where the British Glass Biennale exhibition and the International Glass Festival are hosted.
Stourbridge found its way into Pound's Cantos via John Adams the second President of the United States, whose diary entry from 1786 Pound translated into his own epic poem.
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The Ruskin Glass Centre Ltd is a subsidiary of the Ruskin Mill Educational Trust, a charity pioneering in specialist education for young people with learning difficulties. The Trust promotes culture, arts and special needs education within the context of social regeneration and is inspired by the ideas of John Ruskin, William Morris and Rudolf Steiner.