The Black Country
The Black Country is situated in the industrial heartlands of the West Midlands conurbation approximately 8 miles from Birmingham. Our central position in the country gives us access to a wide range of amenities, most of which the children in our groups have sampled.
The Black Country has no defined borders but to traditionalists is defined as "the area where the coal seam comes to the surface – so Brierley Hill, West Bromwich, Oldbury, Blackheath, Cradley Heath, Old Hill, Bilston, Brierely Hill, Dudley, Netherton, Tipton and parts of Wednesbury, Halesowen, Walsall, Wolverhampton & Stourbridge but not Smethwick and most definitely not Birmingham.
It is said that "no two Black Country men or women will agree on where it starts or ends".
Black country folk
Black Country folk are very keen to retain their local identity and dialect and distinguish the area from Birmingham, which they call Brummagem or Birminam. Black country words, phrases and pronunciations include afower (before), ackidock (aqueduct), ar (yes), babby (baby), baynt (am not, from ‘be not’), bibble (pebble), blarting (crying), bobowler (large moth), bonk (bank), bostin (brilliant), cantin (gossiping), cor (can’t), clarnet (fool) and gobiron (harmonica).