Located in England’s West Midland’s region, Walsall is an industrial town that provides the administrative headquarters of the Walsall Metropolitan Borough. Back in the 13th century, Walsall was little more than a small market town, but 300 years or so later the Industrial Revolution saw it change from a village of 2,000 residents to a town with a population of more than 86,000. Today it is the traditional home of the English saddle making industry and offers visitors a small but interesting selection of interests.
The New Art Gallery is situated in the town center and is a facility dedicated to making art accessible to visitors and residents of Walsall. The gallery’s main highlight is its Garman Ryan Collection, which contains 350 works by a variety of famous European artists including Van Gogh, Jacob Epstein, Modigliani, Braque and Picasso. There are also temporary exhibition galleries at the facility featuring contemporary works and a Children’s Discovery Gallery, which introduces the young to the fundamentals of art.
For literary fans, the Jerome K Jerome Birthplace Museum is the birthplace and residence of the author who was famous for writing ‘Three Men in a Boat’. A Grade II listed building, the house features a small museum containing documents and memorabilia relating to the author and his works. The house also contains an accurate reconstruction of a traditional Victorian parlor.
Nature and outdoor lovers will be in their element at Walsall, with more than 200 parks and open spaces throughout the borough. Willenhall Memorial Park in nearby Willenhall is one of the most notable, offering a large area of greenbelt as well as a variety of facilities which include a fishing pool, skate park, bowling green, natural pond and multi-use games area. In the town center, visitors will find ample shopping facilities, with many High street names including BHS, Marks & Spencer and Woolworths.