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From: stephen buckley <>
Subject: [ENG-STS-SEDGLEY] Black Country delicacy
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 10:22:54 +0100 (CET)
Maybe, in straitened times, listers would like to try
(assuming that US listers know what the UK means by 'faggots', i.e. not a term of abuse).
Halesowen is 10 miles south of Sedgley. Great debate as to whether it's actually Black Country. Having lived there for 11 years before we came here, seemed to me that the atmosphere of the northern part of the town was consistent with Black Country, but 20th C developments to S and W were less so. The most southerly useful part of the 10 Yard Seam of coal was at the Hawne pit, NE of the town centre. Maybe that has to do with it. Islington can be seen on 1900 OS map, just N of Halesowen parish churchyard, in an area of packed terraced housing for the relatively poor. (Nearby Bundle Hill was where bundles of chain and/or nails were taken by home workers to their factors, to get paid.) Islington was redeveloped in 1960s or so with contemporary flats. I leave them to your imagination.
Via this page, or the Beeb Black Country homepage, you might be able to get the article on BC dialect, which I think I posted some time ago (seems to be the same one, but perhaps with additional comments at the end).