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AndyE
61735.  Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:01 am Reply with quote

You never know ...

From a geographer's point of view, there are a couple of interesting things about Dudley. The earthquake has already been mentioned, so two others.

1. It's a better contender than Corby for the dubious honour of being Britain's largest town without a station.

post 39391 et seq.

According to the 2001 census, the population of Dudley is 194,900 and it doesn't have a station. The reason it's not conventionally given as the answer to this question is that it forms part of the West Midlands conurbation and so one can't easily say where it starts and stops.

2. Dudley was one of Britain's last few exclaved parts of counties. Until 1974 when the county of West Midlands was invented, Dudley was in Worcestershire, but was surrounded on all sides by Staffordshire.

Apart from the exclaved parts of the City of London all the remaining ones were tidied away in the 1974 restructuring, but for ceremonial purposes Dudley remains in Worcestershire. A few others hung on until that year (Barrow in Furness, Lancashire and the Flintshire Maelor for instance), but most of the more bizarre of these geographical anomalies were abolished by Act of Parliament in 1844. (Wokingham, Wiltshire and Halesowen, Shropshire for instance.)

 
Wardrobe
61740.  Fri Mar 24, 2006 10:35 am Reply with quote

samivel wrote:
Surely that's better than being named after the same place twice - Dursley Dursley would be a right bugger of a name.

:)
Gary and Phil Neville (footballers apparently!) have a father called Neville.

Yes......Neville Neville..............

What nEVILle parents.

 
grizzly
61742.  Fri Mar 24, 2006 10:37 am Reply with quote

Quote:
Like Sapperton and Standedge, they are partly unlined, cut from the living rock.


Living rock? Is there something about these locations that I don't know about?

 
gerontius grumpus
61810.  Fri Mar 24, 2006 8:02 pm Reply with quote



This is part of the roof of Sapperton tunnel, the living bit is a figure of speech. Unfortunately some of the lined parts are like this:-


Or this.

 
jeffm
63541.  Mon Apr 03, 2006 8:40 am Reply with quote

Dudley was the birth place of Duncan Edwards who played football for Manchester United and sadly died in the Munich air disaster. His cousin Denis Stevens who also hailed from Dudley also played football in the same era for Bolton Wanderers.

 
mckeonj
63572.  Mon Apr 03, 2006 12:41 pm Reply with quote

Let us not forget Dudley Doright, the heroic Mountie.

 
Tas
63584.  Mon Apr 03, 2006 1:38 pm Reply with quote

Just a point, but the pronunciation should be:

Dud-lay.

I know, my former employers head office was based there and we frequently needed translators.

:-)

Tas

 
gerontius grumpus
63605.  Mon Apr 03, 2006 6:09 pm Reply with quote

Shouldn't it be 'Dudloi'?

 
BondiTram
63623.  Tue Apr 04, 2006 6:16 am Reply with quote

Actually 'doodlay'

Salut, David.

 
Bergerac
97873.  Fri Sep 29, 2006 5:34 pm Reply with quote

The correct pronunciation of Dudley is 'Dud-lee'.

 
cabs
97923.  Sat Sep 30, 2006 5:34 am Reply with quote

Bergerac wrote:
The correct pronunciation of Dudley is 'Dud-lee'.


It seems an awfully long time to wait before posting a comment which seems to miss the point.

Oh well, at least it gives me the opportunity to opine that there is, perhaps, a missing third syllable in the middle of the local pronunciation of the town, perchance the vaguest hint of a schwa between, so we get:

Dood-(uh)-lay

(Alas, I can't work out how to type the 180 degree rotated "e" that is the proper symbol for a schwa)

 
suze
97933.  Sat Sep 30, 2006 5:55 am Reply with quote

It depends on your computer, but chances are you can't type it directly. You can either copy and paste it from a word processor document, or you can enter a secret code. (Ampersand-Hash-Six-Nought-One-Semicolon)

Either way, here are half a dozen that you can use to pepper and salt your posts as you please.

ə ə ə ə ə ə

(Hex Unicode value 0259 - decimal 0601 - for those who know what that means.)

Anyone who sees a question mark or a square box needs to get some more up to date fonts organised ...

 
cabs
97934.  Sat Sep 30, 2006 5:58 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:


Either way, here are half a dozen that you can use to pepper and salt your posts as you please.

ə ə ə ə ə ə



Say it quick and it sounds like a machine gun. Can I go and shoot Phantom with it? Please? Pretty please? Wiv ickles shiny bells on?

 
WordLover
97944.  Sat Sep 30, 2006 6:34 am Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
So I wonder if anyone can find anything interesting about Dudley
You'll need an image. How about the left-hand half of this one.
http://glen.utdallas.edu/Glen/CDs/zeppelin/Led%20Zeppelin%204.jpg
(A view of the Eve Hill area of Dudley. The tower block, Prince of Wales Court, was demolished in 1999.)

 
heathen
234684.  Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:14 pm Reply with quote

Dudley is one of the biggest towns in the UK without a professional football team.

It is more famous for its speedway team - Cradley Heathens - which was based in Dudley. Although the town of Cradley Heath is actually just over the border in neighbouring Sandwell.

The speedway team have however been inactive for 12 years now since the stadium was sold for housing by it's owners. A new site has in fact just been found and there is a petition to support the return of the once famous club.

If anyone is interested in signing, you can access the petition using the link below.

http://www.gopetition.co.uk/petitions/bring-back-cradley-speedway.html

There is also some news at www.cradleyspeedway.co.uk

 

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