Amblecote Victorian

1837 - 1901

The sixty-four years reign of Queen Victoria, which began in 1837 and ended at the cusp of the 20th century in 1901, lends its name to one of the most fascinating periods in British history, and one of the most important in the history of Amblecote. The Victorian period is at once remote from us, only a very few people remain alive who were born during this time, yet in other ways extraordinarily accessible. Most people over forty can recall at least one 'Victorian' relative; whilst the infrastructure of much of our towns, including Amblecote, remains solidly 19th century. Records too flourished during this time, with a vastly improved Civil Service, both domestic and world-wide, creating the conditions for an administrative infrastructure which leaves a vital legacy of fascinating historical facts. The Victorian period saw Amblecote consolidate its position as one of the worlds leading glass manufacturing district, with scientific advances and artistic innovations feeding new areas of technology and design. Meanwhile, attendant factory and residential development in the Stour valley created much of the Amblecote we see today; whilst on the high ground a peculiar almost deserted landscape of fields, mines and isolated brick works came into being.