We live in a rapidly changing world, which is already very different to how it was at the start of the century. We are only into the first quarter of the century, yet many parts of the Black Country have greatly changed, some almost beyond recognition.

Old photographs provide a wonderful way to look back in time and remember how things were, or discover how they used to be. What follows is a selection of photographs taken between 2000 and 2006 that show areas where change has taken place. Town and city centres are rapidly changing due to people's modern shopping habits and the need for more accommodation, thanks to the increasing population.

The photographs cover only a small part of the Black Country, but do reflect the universal changes that have led to the modern landscape.

If you have taken photographs of the old Black Country, and would like them added to the website, please let me know.


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