Tipton has a direct rail link with the areas of Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Coventry and from 14 December 2008 this now links to Walsall. There are two railway stations - Tipton in the town centre and Dudley Port. Both are on the electrified line from Birmingham New Street to Wolverhampton which is a section of the West Coast Main Line.

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'The Trades Directory of Wolverhampton, Wednesfield, Bilston, Willenhall, Sedgley, Tipton, Wednesbury, Darlaston & Moxley' was published by Jones & Co, London, in 1862.

However, coal mining had disappeared from Tipton by the mid-20th century, and the town lost a large percentage of its factories during the recessions of the 1970s and 1980s, which contributed to a rise in unemployment and poverty in the Tipton, although living conditions continued to improve.

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By the end of the 1970s, most of the housing in Tipton built before 1890 had been demolished. Owen Street, the town's main shopping area, was redeveloped between 1979 and 1982, with a reduced number of shop units as well as new low-rise council houses and flats.

Tom Bentley continued his season at Birchfield's meeting to commemorate the members of the club who served in World War One. The meeting held races over 100 yards, 220 yards, 440 yards, 880 yards and 1 mile - plus field events measured in feet and inches!  Tom won the mile race in 5:24 to become "Midland County 1 Mile Centenary Champion".

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Tipton has direct bus links with the towns of Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Brierley Hill, Sedgley, Coseley, West Bromwich, Oldbury, Bilston, Wednesbury and Darlaston, though not all buses reach the town centre.

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'Tipton in Old Photographs' by John Brimble & Keith Hodgkins Published 1995, by Alan Sutton, Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Tipton was once one of the most heavily industrialised towns in the Black Country, with thousands of people employed in different sections of the town's industries, but most of its factories have closed since the 1970s and it has gradually developed into a commuter town occupied mostly by people working in other parts of the region.

Stuart Hawkes was 4th in the "round the lake" race in Mid Wales. Results

During World War II (1939–1945), there were a number of air raids on the town. On 19 November 1940, three people were killed by a Luftwaffe bomb which was dropped in Bloomfield Road and destroyed several buildings including The Star public house; this was rebuilt after the war but demolished in 1996.

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The area is notable for being the location of filming for the British comedy film Anita and Me, set in the 1970s.

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On 17 May 1941, six people died in an air raid in New Road, Great Bridge. The Tipton Tavern and New Road Methodist Church was destroyed and a number of nearby houses were damaged. Tipton Tavern landlord Roger Preece was trapped in the rubble but survived with minor injuries. The Tipton Tavern was rebuilt in the 1950s and became the Hallbridge Arms during the 1990s and more recently became the Pearl Girl, the world's first licensed pearl bar.[3]

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Since 1974, Tipton has been part of the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell, which was created by a merger of the former West Bromwich and Warley boroughs.

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Until the 18th century, Tipton was a collection of small hamlets.[citation needed] Industrial growth started in the town when ironstone and coal were discovered in the 1770s. A number of canals were built through the town and later railways, which greatly accelerated the pace of industrialisation.

Please make sure you keep the Team Managers (Men, Women & Young Athletes) updated on your plans, form & state of fitness for the up and coming road relays. The Midland ones are just three weeks away.

Stuart Reid sent drugs kingpin Anslow a coded message letting him know about the break out

The town has three secondary schools, though in the Tipton Green area of the town a significant percentage of children attend High Arcal School in the borough of Dudley, which has been a popular choice with children living in the area since 1990. Ormiston Sandwell Academy, formed in September 2009 from Tividale High School, also takes in pupils from parts of Dudley and Oldbury.

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Sunny Ozidede who was jailed for fraud claimed sentence was unfair 

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Kristof Polgar was born with a rare disease which led to liver transplant aged three

Ryan McLeod was on pacemaking duties in this years GNR.

Fire crews at scene of discount giant's distribution centre

Grieving widower says he wouldn't wish procedure on 'worst enemy'

'Report to the General Board of Health on a Preliminary Inquiry into the Sanitary Conditions of the Parish of Tipton' by W Ranger Published 1855, by Eyre & Spottiswoode, London.

The archive collection for Tipton Borough is held at Sandwell Community History and Archives Service.

Tom Holden has issued a call for everyone to let him know if they want to run/be considered for the various men's teams that will need to be entered for the Midland & National XC Relays. Please make sure Tom is aware of your plans as soon as possible.

Julie Palmer shed 150lbs by walking 10,000 steps a day and joining Tipton Leisure Centre

Girls ended up parked outside HMP Birmingham, where 1,500 men are banged up for their crimes