This is the story of the development of industry in
Darlaston, and the once well-known manufacturers who
provided employment for the local community, and
brought prosperity to the town.
From its beginnings, the human race has had a great
impact on the planet Earth, completely changing and
reforming many of the natural landscapes. The
process of change has been continuous since the dawn
of civilisation. Each generation of mankind has its
own values and needs, and the landscape is
transformed accordingly. It is around 1,300 years
since the first settlers moved into the Black
Country, during which time an almost infinite number
of changes have taken place.
The landscape has changed beyond recognition, from
open countryside, supporting a farming community, to
mining and early industrialisation, followed by
heavy industries and the growth of factories. Then
on to the modern post-industrial era, with few
factories, industrial dereliction, and the
disappearance of the older factories, many of the
which have been replaced with housing, warehousing,
or shops and service industries.