The Dudley area was one of the early centres of the Industrial Revolution due to its mineral wealth - coal, iron ore, limestone, and fireclay.
Dudley’s major industries were coal and limestone mining, glassmaking and iron and steel but it was also known for nail making, chain & anchor manufacturing and its engineering works. The anchor for the ill fated Titanic was made by Hingley’s of Netherton.
Further information can be found on the following websites
Black Country history
Dudley archives and local history service