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Queens Square, Wolverhampton

Northwest of Birmingham, Wolverhampton made its 18th century industrial name from creative industries including steel jewellery, enamel and 'japanned' lacquer work on metal, papier-mache etc. Wolverhampton companies including Chubb also specialised in painted ornate cast iron safes, now prized in the antiques world.

The School of Practical Art was attended by artists and sculptors and the Wolverhampton Art Gallery is the place to see collections including jappaned ware, enamels, dolls and toys, oil paintings and maps. Also to visit are the Creative Industries Quarter off Broad Street and the Slade Rooms' Light House Media art house cinema and Arena Theatre.

David Austin Roses

Rose porn

Medicine Bakery

Artisan bakery, cafe and gallery (b,l; £)

West Park

Victorian heritage park

Wightwick Manor & Gardens

Morris interiors

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Japanned ware, enamels, local history

Text © Alison Plummer

Image by West Midlands Growth Company