Walsall is a large industrial town in the West Midlands, located north-west of Birmingham.
Walsall grew from a village of 2,000 people in the 16th century into a town of over 86,000 as a result of the Industrial Revolution, its main industries being metal work, leather, coal mining and limestone quarrying.
Being the traditional home of the English saddle manufacture industry, the town now has an internationally renowned leather trade. Other industries include iron and brass founding, limestone quarrying, small hardware, plastics, electronics, chemicals and aircraft parts, and the town's history of industry has earned it the nickname "the town of a hundred trades".
Walsall's location in Central England and its proximity to the M6 have boosted its investment appeal. The town underwent modernisation in the 1970s with construction of a new town centre, and is currently undergoing a new era of urban regeneration.
Attractions include art galleries, local landmark Barr Beacon and the Walsall Arboretum Illuminations.
Read more about Walsall in the About Walsall section.