Our re­gion’s her­itage on the banks of the cut

Black Country Bugle - - FRONT PAGE - By DAN SHAW

OUR front page pic­ture this week takes us back to the late 1950s and it shows a group of chil­dren walk­ing along the tow­path by the fa­mouse Red House Glass Cone in Word­s­ley.

The pho­tog­ra­pher was stand­ing on Dad­ford Bridge, which car­ries Bridge Street/mill Street over the Stour­bridge Canal, and was look­ing to­wards Glasshouse Bridge and the busy A491.

On the left is the fa­mous Red House Glass Works with its cone, now im­mor­talised on the Black Coun­try flag, and be­yond it is the chim­ney stack of the White­house Glass Works.

The Act of Par­lia­ment au­tho­ris­ing the canal was passed in 1776 and the con­struc­tion. by en­gi­neer Thomas Dad­ford and James Green, was com­plete by 1779.

The Red House Glass Cone was built be­tween 1788 and 1794 by Richard Bradley. At 90ft high, it is the best pre­served ex­am­ple in the UK.

Pro­duc­tion at the cone ended in 1936 but it sur­vived while neigh­bour­ing glass cones were de­mol­ished. It was grade II listed in 1966 and in the early ’80s the cone was re­stored and opened as a mu­seum. There was fur­ther restora­tion, 2001-02, since when the cone has been part of Dud­ley Mu­seum Ser­vice.

The Red House Glass Cone is now a vis­i­tor at­trac­tion

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