became the country’s engineering centre during the IndustrialRevolution. Most of the important industrial cities are located here. Birmingham and thesurrounding area of the West Midlands were called the Black Country because of black(ferrous) metallurgy factories concentrated there.Page 2.
The Black Country in 1869.
The towns between the Black Country andManchester are known as The Potteries. Wedgewood,Spode and Minton are famous worldwide forproducing china.
A fine sample of Wedgewood china – acommemorative plate
. There are other notable industrial towns in the EastMidlands, such as Derby, Leicester and Nottingham.Although the Midlands do not create many positiveassociations in people’s minds because of their industrialbackground, tourism flourishes in ‘Shakespeare Country’ (centered in Stratford-upon-Avon, which is believed to be Shakespeare’s birthplace), and in Nottingham, which isfamous for its connection with legendary Robin Hood.
The statue of legendary Robin Hood inNottingham.
Shakespeare’s boyhood house in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The cottage of Ann Hathaway, whom WilliamShakespeare married, Stratford-upon-Avon.
is another major industrialarea of England. The Pennine Mountains divideNorthern England into two halves. On either side,the large deposits of coal and iron ore enabledthese areas to lead the Industrial Revolution inthe 18
century. On the western side, the