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ID: 7029506
 

Record Type: administrative
Hierarchy of West Midlands (county)  West Midlands (county)

Coordinates:
Lat: 52 30 00 N  degrees minutes   Lat: 52.5000  decimal degrees
Long: 001 58 00 W  degrees minutes   Long: -1.9667  decimal degrees

Note: Metropolitan county in central England, created in 1974 out of southeastern Staffordshire, northwestern Warwickshire, and part of northeastern Worcestershire; in 1986 the county council was abolished and administrative power devolved to the new unitary authorities of Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell, Birmingham, Solihull, and Coventry; has an area of 347 sq mi. Sparsely populated until Saxon occupation ca. 5th cen.; called "Black Country" because of coalfields, & heavy industries in Birmingham, Dudley & Wolverhampton; important for its vast systems of canals & railways, Rover car & Cadbury chocolate factories.

Names:
West Midlands (preferred,C,V,English,U)
W Midlands (C,V)  ............ abbreviation
W Mids (C,V)  ............ abbreviation
WMD (C,V)  ............ abbreviation

Hierarchical Position:
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of Europe (continent)  ....  Europe (continent) (P)
Hierarchy of United Kingdom (nation)  ........  United Kingdom (nation) (P)
Hierarchy of England (country)  ............  England (country) (P)
Hierarchy of West Midlands (county)  ................  West Midlands (county) (P)

Place Types:
county (preferred, C)  ............  mentropolitan county since 1974
second level subdivision (C)
metropolitan area (C)
transportation center (C)
industrial center (C)
first level subdivision (C)

Sources and Contributors:
UK00..........  [VP]
...........  NGA/NIMA database (2003-)
West Midlands..........  [BHA, GRLPSC, VP Preferred]
..........................  Bartholomew Gazetteer of Britain (1986)
..........................  Columbia Encyclopedia (1975)
..........................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1976)
..........................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) XII, 594
..........................  Hutchinson Family Encyclopedia Online
..........................  NGA/NIMA database (2003-)
..........................  NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (1996-1998)
..........................  Times Atlas of the World (1994) 215
..........................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
WMD..........  [VP]
...........  Curious Fox: UK Counties and Shires [online] (2002).
W Midlands..........  [VP]
.......................  Royal Mail: PAF Digest [online] (2002) accessed 16 Dec 2002
W Mids..........  [VP]
.................  BIAB Online (1999-2000) accessed 16 Dec 2002
.................  UK Counties and Regions Abbreviations [online] (1997-1998) accessed 16 Dec 2002
Subject: .....  [BHA, GRLPSC, VP]
..................  Bartholomew Gazetteer of Britain (1986)
..................  BIAB Online (1999-2000) accessed 16 Dec 2002
..................  Columbia Encyclopedia (1975)
..................  Curious Fox: UK Counties and Shires [online] (2002).
..................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1976)
..................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) XII, 594
..................  Hutchinson Family Encyclopedia Online
..................  NGA/NIMA database (2003-) -2611326
..................  NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (1996-1998)
..................  Royal Mail: PAF Digest [online] (2002) accessed 16 Dec 2002
..................  Times Atlas of the World (1994) 215
..................  UK Counties and Regions Abbreviations [online] (1997-1998) accessed 16 Dec 2002
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
..........  Macmillan Encyclopedia 2001 (2000)

 

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