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Wombourne is reputedly the largest village in England and has a rich heritage that goes back to the days of the Domesday Book of 1086. Initially an important agricultural area, the Industrial Revolution saw Wombourne become a key centre for nail-
Despite the relatively recent construction of a large supermarket on the outskirts of the village, the main shopping area has weathered the recession rather well and it is still a vibrant retail centre with very few empty units blighting it. The shops are -
Sadly that is not the same down the road in Kinver where a number of long-
Between Wombourne and Kinver lies the small village of Swindon which is probably best known for the E.P. & W. Baldwin ironworks which dominated the area until closed and was demolished some 30 years ago. At one time it was suggested that almost six out of ten males of working age in the village were employed at the works and during the Second World War may locals were excused national service as their work was classified as vital to the war effort.
On the other side of Wombourne is Penn, now part of Wolverhampton but still fiercely independent -
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