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New Heritage Trail to help unlock history of town centre
New artworks will mark route through Dudley’s past and present
DUDLEY residents and visitors can now explore the town centre’s rich history with a new heritage trail.
A series of posters and photographs depicting iconic Dudley locations have been added to shop windows and other sites throughout the town.
They include landmark sites such as Dudley Castle and the famous Teddy Gray’s sweet shop.
You can use your phone to scan the codes placed around the town and unlock information and history about key characters from the past, including such figures as Wimbledon champion Dorothy Round and record-breaking jumper Joe Darby.
Councillor Simon Phipps, cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said:
“We have so much history around us when we walk through Dudley town centre.
“This is an ideal opportunity for people to find out more – from Dorothy Round’s amazing double Wimbledon titles to the nearly 200 years of sweet-making at Teddy Gray’s. “I’d urge people to find out more about what makes Dudley such a special place when they visit.” There are twenty trail posters, eight illustrations and a photography exhibition across the town centre and explorers can scan the QR code or send a text message to find out more information. Some signs may also release special discounts for shopping in the stores displaying them. For more information visit the website: discover.dud ley.gov.uk/walking-trails/ Illustrations and photography displayed as part of the trail were commissioned as part of the Dudley People’s Archive, a project by Fused, in collaboration with Dudley Council and Colab and funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
You can explore key figures from the town’s past, including sporting legends Dorothy Round and Joe Darby