History of Walsall

Tracing its history back to around 1160 Walsall was created as a Royal Manor. There are claims however that Walsall can actually trace its history back to 1004 – but these claims have yet to be proven. In essence a medieval town, the highest point being Church Hill, where a church has stood since around 1200 and today there is still evidence in the present church of a crypt dating back to the 13th century. Walsall gained its status as a market town and together with the local agricultural economy it became an important market town and today the market, dating back to 1220, is still a popular attraction. The borough though had good supplies of raw materials, coal, limestone and ironstone, and it was only a matter of time before the local residents exploited these raw materials making stirrups, buckles and spurs. The coming of the Industrial Revolution saw these small industries grow to be quite huge commercial operations, rail and canal networks meant that locally produced goods could now be traded throughout the country and this level of activity saw local wealth increase. This legacy can still be seen today, the Arboretum Park was opened in the late 19th century and the lakes within it were created by flooding the old mining works, the park today contains parkland, woodland, gardens and lakes with many activities being available. For the casual visitor to Walsall the evidence of its industrious past is there to be seen, a trip to the Leather Museum or the Walsall Museum providing an insight into this fascinating place.

History of Walsall

arboretumWalsall Arboretum is a Victorian public park located very close to Walsall town centre in the West Midlands. Part of the park and surrounding housing are covered by the Arboretum conservation area.

The Arboretum held the Walsall Illuminations, a popular tourist attraction, which are held each autumn for six weeks. The first show was held in 1951 by the Festival Committee, although illuminations have taken place at the park since 1875 when candles were placed in coloured jars.

Walsall Art Gallery

The New Art Gallery Walsall presents, collects and interprets historic, modern and contemporary art in innovative and challenging ways. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sundays 12noon - 4pm (closed Mondays and Bank Holidays) and welcomes visitors from all over the globe. We aim to increase the understanding and enjoyment of arts and culture through our dynamic exhibition, education and event programme.
The changing exhibition programme on Floors 3 and 4 focuses on the contemporary visual arts. Presenting both solo and group shows and throughartists' projects, we aim to support and develop the work of living artists and to build and develop audiences for the visual arts.

The Garman Ryan exhibition programme on Floor 2 explores the many themes of the collection and presents mainly historic temporary exhibitions, it also showcases contemporary works from the collection making interesting connections between old and new art.

The Gallery houses the fixed Garman Ryan Collection of sculptures and paintings by modern masters including a large selection of work by Jacob Epstein and many significant works by European artists including Van Gogh, Monet, Turner, Corot, Renoir and Constable represented in prints, sketches, drawings, paintings and sculptures. The collection was donated to the people of Walsall in 1973 by Epstein's late wife Kathleen Garman (Lady Epstein) and her friend Sally Ryan.

We aim to deliver a programme that reflects the diversity of contemporary art and the multi-cultural communities in which we live.

Walsall Leather Museum

Admission to the Museum is free

Discover why Walsall became the British leather goods capital in this fascinating working museum, housed in a restored leather factory.

For two hundred years Walsall people have been making some of the world's finest saddles and leather goods. Walsall Leather Museum seeks to celebrate this great tradition and reflect the achievements of the leather craftsmen and women of Walsall.

In our atmospheric workshops you can watch skilled leather workers in the process of hand-crafting leather goods such as wallets and purses and perhaps have-a-go yourself. The displays around the museum tell the stories of the Walsall leather trade and feature splendid examples of local craftsmanship past and present, including saddles made for the Royal Family and exciting contemporary designs.

Excellent, friendly and welcoming staff, well maintained grounds and buildings together with very high standards of presentation, interpretation and cleanliness throughout all areas of the museum…fresh flowers, daily newspapers and clean menu cards added a welcoming feel to the café… The museum continues to offer a very good quality visitor experience, with staff providing very high standards in visitor welcome….The museum has met the standards of the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Service at a very high standard." (Extract from our VAQAS report for 2010)

Walsall is still home to over forty leather companies between them making an astonishing variety of items which are exported to most parts of the world.

Walsall Town Centre

Walsall town centre is fast becoming the most popular shopping destination in the Black Country. This is due to the ample supply of free or extremely cheap parking available within the town centre. This is primarily due to two large 24 Hour supermarkets; Tesco and Asda, located on opposite sides of the town centre, not charging for parking all day. Crown Wharf Retail Park remains the most popular area of shopping. It houses the first non-food Asda store named Asda Living as well as popular shops and restaurants such as Outfit, Smyths Toys, Bank, T.K. Maxx, River Island, Next, Peacocks, Starbucks andNando's.

Park Street remains Walsall's main shopping high street. Well-known retailers such as New Look, Marks & Spencer,Deichmann, USC and Primark are all located on this fully pedestrianized high street. There is one main shopping mall 'Bradford Mall' formerly known as the 'Saddlers Centre' and two smaller malls located in the town centre. 'The Old Square' shopping mall houses Debenhams and other smaller retailers while 'Quasar Centre' now known as 'Park Place Shopping Centre' houses Wilko's and the other smaller retailers. Other shopping destinations include Broadwalk Retail Park and Reedswood Retail Park.

Walsall Waterfront

A Hungry Horse pub and Chiquito Mexican restaurant form part of the £12 million town centre leisure development, which is led by a cinema and other world variety restaurants.

Light Cinema has been built by the canalside complex earlier this year and developers Kier Property have now revealed the national food and drink chains have signed up for the scheme.

St Matthew's Church

Records show that St Matthew's church has a central role in the life and heritage of the area for more than 800 years - a place where peoples' needs are met socially and spiritually. The church continues to act as a focal point for community life today - as it will for centuries to come. On a weekly basis seven services take place in the church, while there are more than fifty different groups based in St Matthew's Church and St Matthew's Centre. 


Walsall railway station is situated on Station Street in the town centre and is also accessible from the Saddlers shopping centre. There are typically four trains per hour from the station to Birmingham and journey’s take around 12 minutes.

Birmingham is a major city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England. It is the largest and most populous British city outside London, with a population in 2014 of 1,101,360. The city is in the West Midlands Built-up Area, the third most populous urban area in the United Kingdom, with a population of 2,440,986 at the 2011 census. Birmingham is the second most populous metropolitan area in the UK with a population of 3.8 million. This also makes Birmingham the 9th most populous metropolitan area in Europe.

Birmingham Airport, located 6 miles (9.7 km) east of the city centre in the neighbouring borough of Solihull, is the seventh busiest by passenger traffic in the United Kingdom and the third busiest outside the London area after Manchester andEdinburgh. It is the largest base for Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline, and a major base for Ryanair, Monarch Airlines and Thomson Airways. Airline services exist to many destinations in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Birmingham New Street is the busiest railway station in the United Kingdom outside London, both for passenger entries and exits and for passenger interchanges. It is the national hub for CrossCountry, the most extensive long-distance train network in Britain, and a major destination for Virgin Trains services from London

Bullring - Birmingham

The Bull Ring is a major commercial area of central Birmingham. It has been an important feature of Birmingham since the Middle Ages, when its market was first held. Two shopping centres have been built in the area; in the 1960s, and then in 2003; the latter is styled as one word, Bullring.

The site is located on the edge of the sandstone city ridge which results in the steep gradient towards Digbeth. The slope drops approximately 15 metres (49 ft) from New Street to St Martin's Church.

The current shopping centre was the busiest in the United Kingdom in 2004 with 36.5 million visitors. It houses one of only four Selfridges department stores, the fourth largest Debenhams and Forever 21. Consequently, the centre has been a huge success, attracting customers from all over the world.


The Trust is able to offer shared accommodation to support Overseas Nurses. The current properties are terraced houses, on the hospital site, with shared facilities. You will have access to your own private bedroom, shared bathroom, and shared kitchen and small patio garden area. The accommodation also includes;


  • Oven
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Washer dryer
  • Utensils


  • Single bed
  • Pillows, duvet + covers/sheets
  • Bedside table
  • Chest of drawers
  • Clothes rack

Upon arrival you will have;

  • New bedding
  • New towels
  • A starter kit for one (include things such as kitchen utensils etc.)

You will be entitled to 8 weeks free rental from the date you arrive. You will then be charged £375 per month directly from your salary with no initial deposit required.