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Borough of Sandwell
Metropolitan Borough of Solihull Coventry Birmingham Sandwell Metropolitan Borough of Dudley Wolverhampton Metropolitan Borough of Walsall Staffordshire Warwickshire Worcestershire Shropshire Telford and Wrekin Leicestershire Derbyshire Birmingham Coventry Solihull Wolverhampton Metropolitan Borough of Walsall Sandwell Metropolitan Borough of Dudley Kirklees City of Wakefield City of Leeds City of Bradford Calderdale North Tyneside South Tyneside City of Sunderland Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead Newcastle upon Tyne Metropolitan Borough of Wirral Liverpool Metropolitan Borough of Sefton Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley Metropolitan Borough of St Helens Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley Sheffield Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough of Wigan City of Salford Trafford Manchester Metropolitan Borough of Stockport Tameside Metropolitan Borough of Oldham Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale Metropolitan Borough of Bury Metropolitan Borough of Bolton Frankreich Irland Isle of Man Schottland Nordirland Wales Greater London Surrey Buckinghamshire Kent Essex Hertfordshire Suffolk Norfolk Lincolnshire Rutland Cambridgeshire East Sussex West Sussex Isle of Wight Hampshire Dorset Devon (England) Cornwall Bristol Somerset Wiltshire Gloucestershire Leicestershire Northamptonshire Oxfordshire Herefordshire Warwickshire Worcestershire West Midlands (Metropolitan County) Shropshire Staffordshire Nottinghamshire Derbyshire Cheshire Merseyside Greater Manchester South Yorkshire East Riding of Yorkshire West Yorkshire Lancashire North Yorkshire Cumbria Northumberland Tyne and Wear County Durham (Unitary Authority) Borough of Darlington Borough of Stockton-on-Tees Middlesbrough Redcar and Cleveland Borough of Hartlepool Blackburn with Darwen City of York Kingston upon Hull North East Lincolnshire Borough of Halton Borough of Warrington Cheshire West and Chester Stoke-on-Trent Telford and Wrekin Derby (Derbyshire) Nottingham Leicester City of Peterborough Borough of Swindon Southend-on-Sea Borough of Medway Thurrock Bedfordshire Borough of Milton Keynes Luton Central Bedfordshire North Somerset South Gloucestershire Bath and North East Somerset Plymouth Torbay Scilly-Inseln Poole Bournemouth Southampton Portsmouth Brighton and Hove Reading West Berkshire Wokingham Bracknell Forest Slough Windsor and MaidenheadSandwell
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status Metropolitan Borough
region West Midlands
Ceremony county West Midlands
Trad. county Staffordshire
Administrative headquarters Oldbury
surface 85.58 km²
Residents 327.378
was standing 2018
ONS code 00CS

Sandwell is a metropolitan borough in metropolitan county West Midlands in England . The administrative seat is the city of Oldbury . By far the largest city with around 137,000 inhabitants is West Bromwich . Other significant places in the borough are Blackheath , Rowley Regis , Smethwick , Tipton and Wednesbury .

The borough lies exactly between Birmingham in the east, Wolverhampton in the northwest, Walsall in the north and Dudley in the south and west. Historically, it is located in the heart of of heavy industry and coal mining dominated the Black Country .


Sandwell was formed on April 1, 1974 as part of a far-reaching local government reform and was formed from the merger of the County Borough of Warley and West Bromwich, which had previously belonged to the County of Staffordshire . Because of the historical rivalry between West Bromwich and Smethwick (the center of Warley), Oldbury was chosen as the county seat.

In 1986, Sandwell became a de facto unitary authority when the central government dissolved the higher-level administration of the West Midlands . Sandwell remained part of the West Midlands for ceremonial purposes , as well as for individual higher-level functions such as police, fire services and public transport.

The county council has considered changing its name several times in the past because many outside the West Midlands do not know exactly where Sandwell is. But since no city really dominates the district, it was not possible to agree on a new name.

Individual evidence

  1. Mid 2018 Estimates of the population for the UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland