Tracing its history back to around 1160 Walsall was created as a Royal Manor. 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 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 isthere to be seen, a trip to the Leather Museum or the Walsall Museum providing an insight into this fascinating place.
Walsall is extremely well connected within the UK road network as it is served by the M6 which connects the M1 motorway towards London and M74 motorway towards Glasgow. The town is also served by A34 road which connects Manchester and the M42 motorway towards London, and is connected regionally by the A454 Black Country route.There are typically four trains per hour from Walsall station to Birmingham. Buses leave Walsall in many directions; there are services south-east to Birmingham; west to Wolverhampton, Willenhall, north to Bloxwich, Cannock and Brownhills; and east to Sutton Coldfield and Aldridge, with many to the latter. In addition, more infrequent services run to Lichfield.
Buying and Renting in Walsall
Walsall is a highly popular area for buying and renting property with easy links to Birmingham and beyond by road and rail. The industrial background of the town provides many employment opportunities and certain areas of the Town provide great investment opportunities for Buy to Let landlords as well as the more traditional opportunities for purchasers. House prices are on the up as there is more demand than stock coming to market.