As a follow up to last months ‘Wolverhampton – 25 reasons to be cheerful’ and because there was so much we’d missed – people have prompted us – ‘you can’t miss that off!’, we continue with our second twenty five, bringing the total up to fifty.. yes, Wolverhampton really does have that many reasons to be cheerful.. so give us a smile!
26. Our local accent and dialect – it’s not ‘common’ – in fact it’s increasingly rare and something to be treasured – and has its roots in the old Mercian tongue of the Angles. Thanks to Roberthe Harriman on this suggestion.
27. Wightwick Manor & Gardens. As pointed out by Lynn Hawthorne, 78,000 visitors a year, an internationally-important collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art and William Morris interiors- if you haven’t visited, do so..
28. The beautiful Light House Media Centre – possibly underused as a venue but not underloved and housing the Black Country’s only independent cinema.
29. Our canal network. Constructed for and heavily used during the industrial revolution, with two major junctions (at Autherley and Aldersley), now used by fishermen, cyclists, joggers & walkers and a haven for nature. The City of Wolverhampton Council are also planning a Canal Quarter in the city centre..
30. Our arts & booming creative scene. We have the Newhampton Arts Centre, Eagle Works, Asylum Gallery, WildSide Activity Centre amongst others. Wulfrunians embrace creativeness as seen in the organic development of our Artists’ Quarter, centred on Chapel Ash.
32. Banktock House Park & Museum. A Grade II listed building surrounded by 48 acres of parkland with a museum of Edwardian life. Learn about Wolverhampton’s history & attend some great themed days & events.
33. We have a male voice choir – the Wolverhampton Orpheus Male Voice Choir & they are very good. Catch them this week at Darlington Street Methodist Church for the Civic Carol Service, Wednesday 9th December at 3:15pm. We also have the Wulfruna Ladies Choir. We like our singing in Wolverhampton.
34. We have a cycle club, the Wolverhampton Wheelers – popular with both adults and children, based at Aldersley Leisure Village.
35. Northycote Farm And Country Park, a Tudor farmhouse and park with family events throughout the year.
36. Queen Square (note- not ‘Queen’s Square’). Formerly High Green, the square is timeless. Meeting place for countless generations of Wulfrunians and famous for the MOTH – Man On The Horse – which is, of course, a statue of Prince Albert.
37. Transport links. Our central position means we can get anywhere by car or train in no time – both the north and the south are very accessible, as pointed out by Moira Campbell. We also have the Midland Metro, taking us from Wolverhampton to the centre of Birmingham.
38. Dunstall Park, Wolverhampton’s racecourse and also a fine venue for events and live music, also..
39. Monmore Green – Wolverhampton’s greyhound / dog racing track – another fine venue.
40. Our speedway team, the Wolverhampton Wolves – founded way back in 1928 and a high thrills fans favourite to this day.
41. Wolverhampton has produced some well known faces in both the music scene and on television and radio. Frances Barber, Beverley Knight, Nigel Slater, Suzi Perry, Liam Payne, Mervyn King, Bert Williams, Mark Speight – the list goes on.
42. We have a thriving gaming scene, from role playing to wargaming to board games. As well as having a branch of Games Workshop for many years, Black Border Games, a new independent gaming store has set up in the heart of Wolverhampton and gaming nights also take place at Wild Bytes Cafe.
43. We have a thriving pub scene – not just any old pubs serving generic drinks, but top quality establishments serving good cask and craft beer, lager and cider as pointed out in our article, ‘Our area – beer utopia?’
44. Our proximity to the countryside. We’re part Black Country urban conurbation in the south and east, part South Staffordshire countryside in the north and west. Best of both worlds.
45. Our places of worship. We have some brilliant buildings, not least St Peter’s in the city centre and we have people of many faiths and denominations working together to improve the city and cater for all.
46. Bentley Bridge at Wednesfield. Yes, it may take people away from the City Centre, but – free parking, cinema, restaurants, bowling and all those shops.
47. Bilston Market. Have you visited? It’s great, a proper market and it has retained it’s use – popular, very busy and perfectly situated.
48. We’re right on the UK’s watershed. Depending where the rain falls in Wolverhampton, it will either end up in the Atlantic (via the River Severn) or in the North Sea (via the River Trent & the Humber).
49. Continuing the geological theme, the last ice age or glaciation ended around 18,000 years ago. The southernmost limit of this glaciation in the West Midlands / Cheshire / Shropshire lowlands area was at Wolverhampton and is known as the Wolverhampton or Smestow Line. It’s the reason for the large boulders known as erratics we have lying around, such as the one in West Park – carved from mountains and deposited by glaciers thousands of years ago.
50. We love our darts. As well as hosting the annual Grand Slam of Darts at the Civic Hall, the Cleveland Arms on the Willenhall Road also hosts events with big players and we have the Winmau Darts Centre in Dunstall at the Wolverhampton Indoor Community Sports centre (18 boards and leagues played from the venue).