The History of Wombourne...
Wombourne derives its name from two Old English words
meaning ‘the winding stream’. Until the late 1950’s it was a small
rural community; half a century later it has spread into a very
large one, and yet retains its ‘villageness’.
This is due in part to its attractive setting; it has an
obvious centre, an attractive wide green heart – once called
Dovecote Close, now a sports field – ringed by lime trees.
The buildings around it are of several ages and uses but blend
comfortably with each other, the old and the new seem to agree...
The whole scene is dominated by the graceful grey spire of the
ancient church of St. Benedict Biscop, part of a lively Christian
fellowship within the village.
The blending of the old and new people is the other part of
the village atmosphere, they’ve come together to make the place
what it is. There were growing pains when changes came, and they
hurt, but in Wombourne’s case they’ve led it to having the best of
both worlds – amenities and services of every kind with pleasant
countryside and quiet footpaths within a few yards of its
It has a bit of everything and a lot of much more! There
are all kinds of shops, a variety of clubs and associations; a high
school and evening institute; four junior schools and one special
school; a leisure centre with swimming pool; two medical centres,
dentists, opticians. Several large housing developments for the
elderly have been built, and at the other end of the scale, there
are pre-school groups operating. There is a Volunteer Bureau that
also tries to answer every question.
There is a first rate Civic Centre with two excellent halls,
where almost every kind of function takes place through out the
year. This is a major plus that came about because of one of
the big changes – the original building was used by the Seisdon
Rural district offices, but after the boundary changes in 1974 and
the birth of South Staffs District with a move to Codsall, the
Parish Council was wise and bought it for the village. Now after
much TLC it is one of Wombourne’s valuable assets – it houses the
parish clerk and registrar as well!
On the western boundary are two light industrial sites, and
various office premises within the village itself. But Wombourne
had three legacies from the past working days now adding to its
attraction – three lovely stretches of green across the Parish (and
good in any season), places ‘to stand and stare’.
One, alongside James Brindley’s lovely old ‘Staffs and Worcs’
canal and two, a tree lined path once the GWR Kingswinford Branch
railway. And three – ‘the winding stream’.
No longer does it turn the mill wheels of the past; it is now
an integral part of the Wom Brook Walk and like the others, there
for all to enjoy. Surely a ‘goodly heritage’!
Mrs. H. Moore (Clerk)
Tel: (01902) 896300
Fax: (01902) 324502
Cllr. Alan Hinton
Tel: (01902) 895145