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Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell
Status: Metropolitan borough
Region: West Midlands
Ceremonial County: West Midlands
Historic county: Staffordshire, Worcestershire
- Total
85.58 km²
Admin. HQ: Oldburymarker
ONS code: 00CS
- Total ( )
- Density


/ km²

Ethnicity: 77.4% White
15.0% S.Asian
4.3% Black British,
2.5% Mixed Race

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
MPs: Adrian Bailey, Sylvia Heal, John Spellar, Tom Watson

Sandwell is a metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of Englandmarker. It is made up of the towns of Oldburymarker, Rowley Regismarker, Smethwickmarker, Tiptonmarker, Wednesburymarker, Cradley Heathmarker, Tividalemarker and West Bromwichmarker.

Sandwell borders the City of Birminghammarker to the east, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley to the south and west, the Metropolitan Borough of Walsallmarker to the north, and the City of Wolverhamptonmarker to the north-west.

History of the Borough

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council was formed on 1 April 1974 as a merger of the county boroughs of Warleymarker (associated with Worcestershire) and West Bromwichmarker (associated with Staffordshire). Warley itself was a recent creation, having been formed in 1966 by a merger of the Staffordshire county borough of Smethwickmarker with the Staffordshire borough of Rowley Regismarker and the Worcestershire town of Oldbury (itself part of an exclave of Shropshiremarker until the Counties Act 1844). West Bromwich had also been expanded in 1966 to include the boroughs of Tiptonmarker and Wednesburymarker.

In 1986 the West Midlands County Council was abolished and Sandwell effectively became a unitary authority. Sandwell is divided into 24 Wards and is represented by 72 ward councillors.

West Bromwich is the largest town in Sandwell, however the council headquarters are based in Oldbury.

The borough was named after Sandwell Priory, the ruins of which are in Sandwell Valley. The local council has considered changing its name in the past, as many people outside of the West Midlands are confused as to where it is located, and in June 2002 a survey of borough residents was carried out. Sixty-five percent of those surveyed favoured retaining the name Sandwell.

Sandwell Collegemarker, which has a campus in West Bromwich, Oldbury and Smethwick, was opened in September 1986 following the merger of Warley Collegemarker and West Bromwich College.


Localities in the borough include:
*Cradley Heathmarker
:*Old Hillmarker
:*Langley Green
:*Rood End
:*Albion Estate
:*Cape Hillmarker
*Rowley Regismarker
:*Charlemont and Grove Valemarker
:*Great Barrmarker (although some areas are part of Birminghammarker and Walsallmarker)
:*Guns Village
:*Hill Top
:*Yew Treemarker
:*Friar Parkmarker
:*Dudley Portmarker
:*Great Bridgemarker
:*Horseley Heath
:*Ocker Hillmarker
:*Princes Endmarker
:*Summer Hill

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