Just before midday on the 8th of November, the Sheriff of Worcester arrived with a posse of men and surrounded the house. Our culture, history and identity is completely different from Birmingham and we would never ever accept being part of a "Greater Birmingham".
I think the BBC has pretty much summed up the Black Country.
My definition of the black country was connected to the coat seam and heavy industry of the region.
Near to where we lived was Dudley & Dowells who made drain covers and chain, in fact the whole of Cradley was a very industrialised area of chain makers and various furnaces.
I have also written an account of my childhood in the blackcountry.
Today the Black Country is described, by the government, as most of the four Metropolitan District Council areas of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.But when you come from a place that you are proud of, and that has very little recognition, it becomes second nature, and well deserved to get all defensive!The black country is a region defined not so much by borders but by people.The region also has its celebrated links with historical events - Moseley Old Hall was where King Charles II hid after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651.
The Black Country played its part in the Gunpowder plot.
My definition of the black countryman is a hard working and honest man who puts pride and respect above wealth a man of honour who would give his life for family and country.