Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Worcestershire Places (2) : Blakedown

Blakedown is a village in the North of the county near Kidderminster. The village has existed since the Domesday Book when it was known as Bleak Down and was part of Hagley parish. The railways reached Blakedown in 1852 and this sparked a boom in population and economic development. Blakedown split from Hagley and merged with Churchill parish.

Nowadays Blakedown is largely a dormitory town for people working in larger nearby towns and cities. The village's church is dedicated to St James the Great, built in 1866.