The fascination of Tipton lies in its heritage at the heart of the Black Country – the home of the industrial revolution in the West Midlands.
The coal mines that supplied the industrial base closed a century ago but the heavy industry remained employing thousands. Horseley Bridge and Thomas Piggott, for example, supplied bridges throughout the world. They were still building motorway bridges in the 1960s but along with most of the large engineering companies died as the century drew to a close. Replacing the factories we have modern (and affordable!) housing that continues to change the area drastically.
Some of this development exploits waterside spaces – the many canals not only create a link with the past but provide enjoyable walking, fishing and boating. Traditionally known as the Venice of England it is not possible to enter or leave Tipton without crossing a canal bridge!
That is not to say that production has disappeared. Tipton has long been the home to Vono beds and among the modern developments is a huge Warburtons bakery. Sports and leisure are not neglected – Tipton Harriers having a national reputation and is based at Tipton Sports Academy