The railway reaches the Black Country with the opening of the Wednesfield Heath for Wolverhampton Station. It is demolished in 1965 and the area is now a nature reserve called Station Fields.
Reverend William Gresley’s novel Colton Green: A Tale of the Black Country is published. He describes the area as “that dismal region of mines and forges, commonly called ‘the Black Country’”.
Glass for the Crystal Palace at the Great Exhibition is supplied by Chance Brothers of Spon Lane, Smethwick. The panes of glass were the largest available at the time, measuring 10 by 49 inches.