Howells Patent Glazing delve into the history of Black Country glass making

Cradley Heath based manufacturing firm, Howells Patent Glazing are one of the UK’s leading glass makers whose roots are firmly set in the heart of the Black Country. To celebrate their 41st year in business the company has decided to take a look back into the history of glass making and manufacturing in the Midlands.

The Black Country is an area in the West Midlands generally agreed to include Dudley, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Walsall. However, there’s more to the Black Country than just the distinctive ‘Marmite’ accent. Industry roots date back to around the 17th century, coinciding with the discovery of an abundance of coal, iron ore and clay, making it an ideal location for the birth of industry. In the 1960’s, the Black Country was described as the best area for glass making in the country.

Tracey Jackson, marketing manager at Howells Patent Glazing said, “The Black Country has once again become an industry hive for most areas of manufacturing. There are so many skilled people around here, who aren’t afraid of a little hard work, who make Midlands businesses so strong. We’re proud of who we are, and where we are from. Our family run firm has been based in Cradley Heath for over 40 years, and its heritage is important to us – it’s been really interesting to look into our industrial past”.

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