Inside Jude Bellingham’s hometown – the happiest place in the West Midlands

Inside Jude Bellingham’s hometown – the happiest place within the West Midlands

There’s a Jude Bellingham mural in Market Avenue, Stourbridge, his dwelling city(Emma Trimble / SWNS)

England famous person Jude Bellingham hails from Stourbridge, Dudley, the happiest place to stay within the West Midlands.

Stourbridge is an historic market city on the River Stour, proud to point out off the ace midfielder as one in every of its personal. In accordance with Rightmove’s newest Joyful Residence Index, a way of pleasure and belonging have been an important elements giving residents lots to smile about, together with good facilities and inexperienced area.

At Stourbridge’s Ryemarket Purchasing Centre, the 21-year-old footballer is depicted in his England shirt in an attention grabbing mural by Gent 48, which has proved a high selfie spot for vacationers.

If you happen to fancy a tipple whilst you’re on the town, head for a pint of Bostin’ Bitter at Inexperienced Duck Brewery Faucet Room, which gave away free beer tokens when Bellingham scored in opposition to Serbia within the 2024 Euros. Or drop in on the Stourbridge Lion pub, named after the primary locomotive to run in America in 1829, which was constructed within the city.

England famous person Jude Bellingham hails from Stourbridge, Dudley, the happiest place to stay within the West Midlands(Shutterstock / Nicola Pulham)

Native soccer membership Stourbridge FC is nicknamed ‘The Glassboys’ as a tribute to the city’s proud historical past of glass-making. The state-of-the-art Stourbridge Glass Museum, opened 2022, depicts 400 years of the trade.

One other integral a part of the historic Stourbridge Glass Quarter is the Purple Home Glass Cone. Reaching 100ft into the sky, this customer attraction is a powerful web site on the Stourbridge panorama. Till 1936, it was used for the manufacture of glass and is now one in every of solely 4 cones left within the UK (and essentially the most full in Europe).

The Black Nation Residing Museum in Dudley additionally showcases the area’s historical past, which was closely influenced by the Industrial Revolution, and was filming location for hit Netflix sequence, Peaky Blinders. Reveals go proper as much as the lately opened Nineteen Sixties part, the place guests can hearken to vinyl in a sales space in a document store and revel in a neighborhood delicacy – the pork bap – from Brierley Hill butchers Marsh & Baxter.

Close by Kinver Edge Rock Homes, run by the Nationwide Belief, are troglodyte cave dwellings which have been occupied till as lately because the Nineteen Sixties.