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Wolverhampton is an industrial, commercial and university city and metropolitan borough in the English West Midlands, traditionally part of the county of Staffordshire. In 2002 the city had a population of 239,358.

The city was named after Lady Wulfruna, who founded the town in 985. The name literally comes from Wulfruna's town on the hill (heaneton meaning town on the hill). It is often abbreviated to "W'ton" or "Wolves". The motto of the city is "Out of darkness, cometh light".

The United Kingdom government announced on December 18, 2000 that Wolverhampton would be granted city status, making it one of three "Millennium Cities".

Wolverhampton geography

Wolverhampton lies northwest of its larger, neighbouring city Birmingham, and forms the second largest part of the West Midlands conurbation. However, it is also near to Staffordshire and Shropshire, making the countryside less than five miles away. It is part of the traditional county of Staffordshire.

It is the 13th largest town or city in England, although its local authority boundaries are drawn much more tightly than most other authorities, and includes no other towns of major size. Unlike most metropolitan authorities, Wolverhampton did not increase its population in the major 1974 reorganisation of local government (which included the creation of Metropolitan Counties), as it already met the target population size of 250,000 people. This means that many other authority areas, whilst being traditionally much smaller, show up as 'larger' in most population size listings.

The traditional area associated with the city extends far outside its local authority boundaries, including areas of Walsall, Sandwell and Dudley metropolitan boroughs, plus areas of South Staffordshire district. In fact, were the boundaries of the former Royal Peculiar (1479 - 1846) in effect today, Wolverhampton would have a similar population to that of Manchester.

Districts within the city include Bilston, Wednesfield, Tettenhall, Bushbury, Heath Town, Compton, Blakenhall and Oxley. In addition to this, areas within the traditional districts of Willenhall, Coseley and Sedgley are to be found within the city boundaries.

Wolverhampton history

A monastery existed in Wolverhampton in Saxon times (being consecrated in 994), this was founded by Lady Wulfruna. This became the site for the new St. Peter's Church in 1425. A statue of Lady Wulfruna sculpted by Sir Charles Wheeler can be Wolverhampton had grown to become a thriving market town. The city was famous for its part in the woolen trade, a fact that can be seen by the inclusion of a woolpack on the city's coat of arms, and by the many small streets, especially in the city centre called "Fold" (examples being "Blossom's Fold, Victoria Fold and Townwell Fold).

From the 16th century onwards Wolverhampton became home to a number of metal industries including lock and key making and iron and brass working.

In the 19th century the area to the south-east of the city became known as the Black Country because, for a short period during the Victorian era, the output of the coal mines in the area was greater than that of the rest of the world combined. In Victorian times, Wolverhampton grew to be a wealthy town mainly due to the huge amount of industry that occurred in the town due to the abundance of coal and iron deposits in the area. The remains of this wealth can be and The Mount (both built for the Mander family) and Tettenhall Towers. Many other houses of similar stature were built only to be demolished in the 1960s and 1970s. In addition, there was much immigration from Wales and Ireland into the city during the 19th century, a process that has continued from them, and continues today, with immigrants from the Caribbean, South Asia, Africa and eastern Europe and their descendants forming a valuable part of the city's life.

In 1866, a statue was erected in memory of Prince Albert, the unveiling of which brought Queen Victoria to Wolverhampton The statue stands in Queen Square, previously known as Market Square, and is referred to by many locals as simply "the Man on the Horse". The unveiling of the statue was the first public appearance Queen Victoria had made since the funeral of her husband the Prince Consort. A 40ft tall archway made of coal was constructed for the visit. The Queen was so pleased with the Statue that she knighted the then Mayor, an industrialist Sir John Morris. Queen Square, previously called Market Square was originally known as High Green and as Wolverhampton was the town where the gunpowder plotters were tried (with the exception of Guy Fawkes) they were hung in High Green.

The world's first automatic traffic lights could be The modern traffic lights have the traditional striped poles to commemorate this fact.

The railways reached Wolverhampton in 1837, with the first station located at "Wednesfield Heath", now Heath Town. This station was sadly demolished in 1965, but the area exists as a nature reserve just off Powell Street. Wolverhampton High Level station (the current main rail station) opened in 1852, but the original station was demolished in 1965 and then rebuilt. Wolverhampton Low Level station opened on the Great Western Railway in 1855. The Low Level station still exists, although it is currently disused, having closed to passengers in 1972, and completely in 1981. It is supposedly the best preserved example of a large Victorian station in the UK. Wolverhampton St George's (in the city centre) is now the northern terminus for the Midland Metro light rail system.

Wolverhampton was represented politically in Victorian times by the Liberal MP Charles Pelham Villiers, a noted free trade supporter, who was also the longest serving MP in parliamentary history. Lord Wolverhampton, Henry Hartley Fowler was MP for Wolverhampton at the turn of the century. He was followed in more recent times by Conservative mavericks Enoch Powell and Nicholas Budgen.

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