Smethwick (/ˈsmɛðɪk/ SMEDH-ik) is a town in Sandwell, West
Midlands, historically in Staffordshire. It is 4 miles west of
Birmingham city centre
Birmingham city centre and borders
West Bromwich and Oldbury to the
north and west. Formerly a
Staffordshire county borough,
situated near the edge of
Sandwell metropolitan borough and borders
Birmingham districts of Handsworth, Winson Green, Harborne,
Edgbaston and Quinton to the south and east, as well as the Black
Country towns of
West Bromwich and Oldbury in the north and west.
1.2 Political history
1.3 Civic history
1.4 Transport history
2 Industry and commerce
5 Public services and government
7 Notable residents
8 See also
10 External links
Street nameplate on Rutland Road,
Smethwick in April 2007, showing
painted out "County Borough" lettering, and the former B17 district
It was suggested that the name
Smethwick meant "smiths' place of
work", but a more recent interpretation has suggested the name means
"the settlement on the smooth land".
Smethwick was recorded in the
Domesday Book as Smedeuuich, the d in this spelling being the
Anglo-Saxon letter eth. Until the end of the 18th century it was an
outlying hamlet of the south
Staffordshire village of Harborne.
Harborne became part of the county borough of
Birmingham and thus
Warwickshire in 1891, leaving
Smethwick in the County of Staffordshire.
The world's oldest working engine, made by Boulton and Watt, the
Smethwick Engine, originally stood near Bridge Street, Smethwick. It
is now at Thinktank, the new science museum in Birmingham.
One notable company was The London Works, manufacturing base of the
Fox Henderson Company which made the steel framework for the Crystal
Palace. This was founded by Charles Fox, whose inventions included the
first patented railway points. His notable employees included William
Siemens, the notable mechanical and electrical engineer. The company
was bankrupted in 1855 by the failure of an overseas railway to pay
for work done. The site was later used by the GKN company. In 2015 the
site was being cleared to build the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital
which combines the
Sandwell General Hospital at
West Bromwich and City
Other former industry included railway rolling stock manufacture, at
Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company factory; screws and
other fastenings from Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds (GKN); engines from
Tangye; tubing from Evered's; steel pen nibs from British Pens; and
various products from Chance Brothers' glassworks, including
lighthouse lenses and the glazing for the Crystal Palace (the London
works, in North Smethwick, manufactured its metalwork). Phillips
Cycles, once one of the largest bicycle manufacturers in the world,
was based in Bridge Street, Smethwick. Nearby, in Downing Street, is
the famous bicycle saddle maker, Brooks Saddles. The important
metalworking factory of Henry Hope & Sons Ltd was based at
Halford's Lane where the company manufactured steel window systems,
roof glazing, gearings and metalwork.
Council housing began in
Smethwick after 1920 on land previously
belonging to the Downing family, whose family home became Holly Lodge
High School for Girls in 1922. The mass council house building of the
1920s and 1930s also involved Smethwick's boundaries being extended
into part of neighbouring Oldbury in 1928.
Ruskin Pottery Studio, named in honour of the artist John Ruskin,
was in Oldbury Road. Many English churches have stained glass windows
made by Hardman Studios in Lightwoods House, or, before that, by the
During the Second World War,
Smethwick was bombed on a number of
occasions by the German Luftwaffe. A total of 80 people died as a
result of these air raids.
After the Second World War,
Smethwick attracted a large number of
immigrants from Commonwealth countries, the largest ethnic group being
Sikhs from the Punjab in India. The ethnic minority communities were
initially unpopular with the white British population of Smethwick,
prompting the election of Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP)
Peter Griffiths at the 1964 general election. In the election, the
Labour Party MP was unseated following a campaign slogan "If you want
a nigger for a neighbour, vote Labour" allegedly being used by
supporters of the winning candidate. This came two years after race
riots had hit the town in 1962 and was set against a background of
factory closures and a growing waiting list for local council
In 1961 the
Sikh community purchased the Congregational Church on the
High Street in Smethwick. Soon after, this was converted into a
gurdwara. The Guru Nanak
Smethwick is said to be the oldest
and now the largest gurdwara in Europe.
In the mid- to late 1960s, a large council estate in the west of
Smethwick was built. It was officially known as the West Smethwick
Estate, but as all of the homes were constructed from concrete the
estate was known locally as the "concrete jungle". The homes,
mostly three or four storey townhouses, were prone to damp and other
faults. By the 1980s, levels of crime and unemployment on the estate
were high, and by the early 1990s,
Sandwell Council had decided to
demolish it. Between 1993 and 1997, the estate was redeveloped with
modern low-rise housing and renamed Galton Village. Another housing
estate called the Windmill Lane Estate, located near Cape Hill, met a
There is a collection of red brick turn-of-20th century terrace, 1930s
semi-detached, newly built modern housing and a number of high rise
blocks of flats. Other estates and areas include Black Patch, Cape
Hill, Uplands, Albion Estate, Bearwood, Londonderry and Rood End.
In July 2013, a major fire occurred at the Jayplas plastics and paper
recycling plant on Dartmouth Road.
The old Toll House
The oldest surviving building in
Smethwick is the Old Church which
stands on the corner of Church Road and the Uplands. This was
consecrated in 1732 as a Chapel of Ease in the parish of St Peter,
Harborne. The building was originally known as "Parkes' Chapel" in
honour of Mistress Dorothy Parkes who bequeathed the money for the
church and also for a local school. The chapel was later known as the
"Old Chapel", and the public house next to it is still called this. In
the church there are several fine memorials, including one to Dorothy
The Grade I listed
Galton Bridge spans the New Line canal and railway.
When built in 1829 by Telford, it was the longest single-span bridge
in the world. Its name commemorates Samuel Galton, a local landowner
and industrialist. It is identical to Telford's bridge at Holt Fleet
River Severn built in 1828 and opened in 1830.
The public library by Yeoville Thomason
The public library in the High Street was originally built as the
Public Hall in 1866–67 and is designed by Yeoville Thomason.
Matthew Boulton and
James Watt opened their
Soho Foundry in the north
Smethwick (not to be confused with the
Soho Manufactory in nearby
Soho) in the late 18th century. In 1802,
William Murdoch illuminated
the foundry with gas lighting of his own invention. The foundry was
later home to weighing scale makers W & T Avery Ltd..
Rolfe Street public baths were among the first public swimming baths
in the country when opened north of the town centre in 1888. The baths
remained open for nearly a century before closing. In the late 1980s,
Black Country Museum
Black Country Museum expressed interest in transferring the
building to its site in
Dudley and so the transfer of the building
began in 1989. It was finally opened to visitors at the museum in
1999, housing the museum's exhibition gallery and archive resource
Thimblemill Library is a
Grade II listed building
Grade II listed building built in brick in
the Moderne style.
Smethwick (UK Parliament constituency)
The town has often enjoyed a somewhat turbulent political history.
Smethwick was created as a separate parliamentary constituency in
1918, having previously been part of the Handsworth constituency. At
that year's general election, Christabel Pankhurst, standing as a
Women's Party candidate, narrowly failed to become Britain's first
woman MP, being defeated by Labour by 775 votes in a straight fight.
Labour held the seat until 1931, from 1926 the MP being Sir Oswald
Mosley, future founder of the British Union of Fascists. Mosley
resigned the Labour whip in March 1931 but continued to represent the
constituency until it was taken by the Conservatives at that year's
general election. Labour won in the UK general election, 1945 on 26
July. However, the victorious MP, Alfred Dobbs, was killed in a car
crash the very next day. He is the shortest-serving Member of
Parliament (MP) in British history, if one discounts a few cases of
people being elected posthumously. In the resulting by-election,
Patrick Gordon Walker
Patrick Gordon Walker won for Labour.
In the 1964 general election, Gordon Walker, who was Shadow Foreign
Secretary, was defeated in controversial circumstances in the
constituency by Conservative candidate Peter Griffiths; Labour's
victory at the general election would inevitably have seen him
appointed as Foreign Secretary for the government of Harold Wilson.
Smethwick had been a focus of immigration from the Commonwealth in the
economic and industrial growth of the years following the Second World
War and Griffiths ran a campaign critical of the government's policy.
There were rumours that his supporters had covertly circulated the
slogan "If you want a nigger for a neighbour, vote Liberal or Labour."
Hardly had the heat of the election subsided when, on 12 February
1965, United States black activist
Malcolm X visited the region just
nine days before his assassination. He fuelled further controversy
when he told the press:
I have come here because I am disturbed by reports that coloured
Smethwick are being treated badly. I have heard they are
being treated as the Jews under Hitler. I would not wait for the
fascist element in
Smethwick to erect gas ovens.
Malcolm X's visit to
Smethwick had been organised by a BBC News
journalist with a view to X having a debate with Peter Griffiths
Smethwick council house. Griffiths declined at late notice
and so an interview with X was conducted on the streets of Smethwick.
This was to be X's last TV interview before his assassination nine
days later. It was never aired.
Labour candidate and actor
Andrew Faulds defeated Griffiths in the
1966 general election and remained as an MP until his retirement at
the 1997 general election, 23 years after
Smethwick became part of the
Warley East constituency.
Peter Griffiths subsequently moved away from
the area and served as a Conservative MP for Portsmouth North for many
See also: Evolution of
Worcestershire county boundaries
Originally a hamlet within the parish of Harborne, Staffordshire,
Smethwick was made into an urban district in 1894, and later
incorporated as a municipal borough in 1899, and county borough in
1907. In 1966,
Smethwick was merged with the boroughs of Oldbury and
Rowley Regis to form the new County Borough of Warley, and was
transferred into the county of Worcestershire. This in turn was merged
West Bromwich in 1974 to form the
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough,
which was incorporated into the new West Midlands county.
In 1888, there had been plans for
Smethwick to be incorporated into
the city of Birmingham, but the urban district council voted against
these plans by a single vote.
The archives for the Borough of
Smethwick are held at Sandwell
Community History and Archives Service
See also: BCN Main Line
Smethwick has a long association with canals, which were the town's
first major transport links from a time before decent roads and of
course railways. The
Birmingham Canal Navigation Old and New Main Line
Canals run through the industrial areas and right past the High
Street, running parallel to the
Stour Valley Railway Line: all three
end up in Wolverhampton.
James Brindley was the engineer charged with
building the canal, a man who gives his name to the busy district in
the centre of
Birmingham near the International Convention Centre,
National Indoor Arena and Broad Street.
Galton Bridge viewed from the Galton Tunnel
The old main line was completed though
Smethwick by 1769. It required
12 locks to climb over the hill though the town; Brindley had found
the earth too soft to dig a cutting though at the time. Water was
supplied by two steam engines. One of them was located on the Engine
Arm which led to the
Smethwick Engine on Rabone Lane and the other was
near Spon Lane.
Smethwick New Pumping Station next to Brasshouse Lane
was added later in 1892. Because of the locks, the canal through
Smethwick became a bottleneck and
Thomas Telford was commissioned in
1824 to look at alternatives.
The new main line through
Smethwick was completed by 1829 and
completely bypassed all 6 remaining locks of the summit with a deep
Engine Arm and Stewarts aqueducts were built to carry
their respective canals over the new mainline. The cutting was built
through the land of the local businessman Samuel Galton and thus this
cutting created the Galton Valley and
Galton Bridge was named in his
honour. The bridge was the longest single-span iron bridge in the
world at the time. The canals of the new and old main line diverged at
one end at
Smethwick Junction near Bridge Street and rejoined at
Bromford Junction near Bromford Road in Oldbury.
Today Galton Valley is a nature area and of more historical interest
than commercial, and used mainly for leisure rather than transporting
The LNWR was the first to construct a railway through
1852 from New Street towards
Wolverhampton and the North West, Rolfe
Street and Spon Lane opened that year followed by Soho in 1853. In
Stourbridge Railway opened a link between the Great Western
Dudley Railway (of 1852) near the
current Hawthorns and
Stourbridge with a station at
Smethwick West and
a link to the
Stour Valley line
Stour Valley line towards New Street called Smethwick
Stourbridge Railway was merged into the Great Western in
1870. It was not until 1931 that a railway station was constructed at
the Hawthorns, although it was a 'Halt' primarily for football ground,
this station closed in 1967.
British Rail Class 33
British Rail Class 33 at Swanage, built by the
Carriage and Wagon Company
From 1854 the
Birmingham Railway, Carriage & Wagon Works was based
Smethwick until its closure in 1963. The company not only built
trains, but also
London Underground stock, buses and a military
Soho railway station closed in 1949, followed by Spon Lane in 1968.
beginning the first of a several rail closures in the town. In 1972
the section of line between
Smethwick West and
Birmingham Moor Street,
as well as the Birmingham,
Dudley railway, was
closed with the exception of a single line between
Smethwick West and
Coopers Scrap Metal in Handsworth and all
Stourbridge services were
Birmingham New Street. In 1995 the line between
Birmingham Snow Hill and
Smethwick West was restored and a new station
Galton Bridge was constructed over both the Snow Hill and Stour
Valley lines to provide an interchange.
Smethwick West was due to
Galton Bridge opened, but due to a legal error British
Railways had to maintain a
Parliamentary train service to the station.
Most local trains from
Birmingham were diverted into
Snow Hill although it was not until 2004 that the last regular service
used the route into
Birmingham New Street via
A train maintenance depot is located in Soho next to Soho rail
junction, road access is just of Wellington Street. It is the
principle train depot for London Midland's Class 323 train fleet,
which are often seen providing local train services in the area.
Buses and trams
Midland Red D9 in 2002
The town of
Smethwick has a long association with buses. From 1914 the
Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Company (BMMO or Midland
Red) was based on Bearwood Road on the site of the current Bearwood
Shopping Centre until 1974. The garage later saw use as an indoor
market until it was demolished in 1979.
Smethwick never had its
own Corporation Transport Department, like
West Bromwich or
Birmingham. Most bus services until the earlier 1970s were provided by
the Midland Red,
West Bromwich and Birmingham. In the early '70s all
local bus transport was taken over by the WMPTE until deregulation in
the 1980s. Since then West Midlands Travel, now part of National
Express Group, has been the primary operator in the West Midlands.
Steam trams started through
Smethwick in 1885 operated by Birmingham
and Midland Tramways. These were replaced by electric trams in 1904
and then merged into the
Birmingham Corporation Tramways in 1906 and
trams eventually ran from both the
Dudley Road and Hagley Road
Dudley Road trams operated to
Cape Hill and then diverged
to either take the route towards
Dudley (Route 87) via the High Street
or towards Bearwood (Route 29) via Waterloo Road, terminating near the
site of current
Bearwood Bus Station and Kings Head public house.
Route 34 from
Birmingham to Bearwood along the Hagley Road and
terminated at the top of Bearwood Road next to the route from Cape
Hill, despite terminating slow close to each other there was no
physical link between route 29 and 34 in Bearwood. Route 34 was
the first route to go in
Smethwick in 1930 and the last tram route was
closed in 1939 and replaced by motor buses. Both the current National
Express West Midlands routes 82 and 87 are former tram routes and the
87 in fact uses the same number.
The Hawthorns railway station
The Hawthorns railway station and metro stop
The Midland Metro, opened in 1999, is more of a light railway than a
tramway. It follows the former
Great Western Railway
Great Western Railway track bed from
Birmingham Snow Hill station to the former
Wolverhampton Low Level via
West Bromwich until Priestfield in Wolverhampton. After that, it
becomes a tramway proper and runs along the
Bilston Road into
Wolverhampton city centre. From late 2015 the service was extended
from its former terminus at Snow Hill through the city centre to New
Street railway station. The metro can be caught at the Hawthorns
Industry and commerce
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Until the end of the 18th century,
Smethwick was largely rural, with
farming as the main industry. A water mill named Briddismylne is
recorded in 1499 as belonging to
Halesowen Abbey, thought to be on the
more recent Thimblemill site. In 1659, a mill in the Hockley Brook
is recorded as belonging to a Mr. Lane. The mill which led to the
street name "Windmill Lane" was built on land bought in 1803 by
William Croxall, a miller. The last part of the windmill building was
demolished in 1949.
The route of the canal, passing through the valley of the Hockley
Brook, the boundary with Handsworth on the north side of Smethwick,
resulted in most of the heavy industry being located there. The
railway was opened in 1852.
Soho Foundry main gate
The Soho Foundry, opened in 1796 by
James Watt and Matthew Boulton,
trading as Boulton, Watt & Sons, was built to produce complete
steam engines to Watt's designs. Waste dumped from the foundry gave
rise to the name Black Patch to the field to the east. The Soho
Foundry is now the headquarters of the Avery Company.
One of Smethwick's significant industrial enterprises of the 19th
century was the Fox, Henderson Company, formerly Brannah, Fox and
Co., which built the steel structure for the Crystal Palace in
1851. At its peak this employed about 2,000 people at the London
Works. The bankruptcy and closure of the firm in 1856 had a
devastating effect on the local economy. The site of the London Works
was later acquired by Chamberlain and Nettlefold, and in 2014 was
cleared to build the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital, amalgamating
Sandwell General Hospital at
West Bromwich with the City Hospital,
Tangye was a notable builder of steam engines in the late 19th
century. His designs, in a characteristic green colour, have a
distinctive elegance of form. He demolished
Smethwick Hall, on the
border with Handsworth, and built his factory, the Cornwall Works, on
Mitchells & Butlers opened a brewery on
Cape Hill in 1879. It was
a local landmark in
Smethwick and provided employment in the town for
123 years. However, following a decline in sales and revenue, American
owners Coors closed the brewery on 6 December 2002. It was demolished
two years later and a 650-home private housing estate was developed on
Teale & Yates Ltd (Inc. 29 November 1962) was a fish, game and
poultry shop which also sold fruit and vegetables. It was on the High
Street for many years during the 1960s-70s providing good quality
fresh food for many local people. The shop was owned by Arthur Teale
and his wife Joan, with their eldest son joining the family business
in the early 70s.
The courier company Interlink Express established its head office and
national distribution hub in the town in the early 2000s, and is a
major employer in the area.
Smethwick Heritage Centre
Smethwick Heritage Centre museum was opened on 15th September 2004
by Professor Carl Chinn. It maintains a collection of material on
Smethwick's industrial and social heritage.
Abbey Junior and Infants (two sites), Abbey Road, Bearwood
Annie Lennard Infant School, The Oval, Thimblemill
Bearwood Primary School, Bearwood Road, Bearwood
Cape Hill Primary School, Cape Hill
Crocketts Primary School, Coopers Lane, Cape Hill
Devonshire Primary School, Auckland Road, Uplands
Galton Valley Primary school
George Betts Primary School, West End Avenue
Holly Lodge High School, Holly Lane, West Smethwick
Ruskin House Pupil Ref. Unit, Holly Lane, West Smethwick
St Gregory's Roman Catholic Primary School, Park Road
St Mathew's Church of
England School, Windmill Lane
St Phillip's Catholic Primary, Messenger Road
Sandwell Academy, Halfords Lane,
West Bromwich (built on the sites of
Sandwell Secondary Modern and Albion Junior schools)
Shireland Collegiate Academy, Waterloo Road, Cape Hill
Shireland Hall Infant and Junior School, Edith Road, Cape Hill
Smethwick College (part of
Sandwell College, now in a new
purpose-built building in
West Bromwich town centre), Crocketts Lane
Uplands Manor Primary School, Addenbrooke Road, Uplands
Victoria Park Primary School, Ballot Street
The M5 runs along the western edge of Smethwick, passing over the two
canals and a railway near Spon Lane. M5 Junction 1 is accessible at
West Bromwich using the
A41 road Soho Road. M5 Junction 2 is
accessible at Oldbury on the A4123
Wolverhampton Road (
Wolverhampton) at Birchley Island. Another major road passing through
Smethwick is the A456 (Hagley Road) from
Birmingham to Halesowen,
Kidderminster and Ludlow, which passes through Bearwood, along
Local bus service is provided primarily by National Express, as well
as other operators.
Smethwick is on both the Hagley Road (Birmingham,
Dudley, Merry Hill,
Halesowen and Stourbridge) and
(Birmingham, Smethwick, Oldbury and Dudley) bus corridors and the
famous Number 11
Birmingham Outer Circle bus routes. There are also
direct regular bus services to West Bromwich, Wolverhampton, Oldbury,
Birmingham University and Dudley. Dudley
Road corridor buses provide a bus link to the nearby City Hospital in
Smethwick has three operational railway stations providing regular
local and some long distance services. All of the stations are
currently managed by
London Midland who provide most of the train
services. The closest 'intercity' railway stations are either
Birmingham New Street or
Sandwell and Dudley.
Rolfe Street railway station in Smethwick
Smethwick Rolfe Street railway station
Smethwick Rolfe Street railway station – Rolfe Street & North
Western Road (near the High Street). Located on the Stour Valley, it
is mainly for local trains between
Birmingham New Street,
Wolverhampton and Walsall.
Galton Bridge – Oldbury Road. As a bi-level railway
station it sits on both the Stour Valley (a section of the WCML) and
the Jewellery Line. It has the same services as both the Hawthorns and
Rolfe Street railway stations, plus it has direct long distance
Birmingham International, Shrewsbury, Chester, Northern
Wales, Crewe, Liverpool and a limited peak time only direct service to
The Hawthorns – Halfords Lane and close to the West Bromwich
football ground. It sits on the Jewellery line just like Galton Bridge
station but also interchanges with the Midland Metro, linking
Birmingham and Wolverhampton. The
Jewellery Line has regular direct
Birmingham Snow Hill, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon,
Kidderminster and Worcester. Chiltern Railways
also provide a limited service direct to London Marylebone.
The closest airport to
Smethwick is Birmingham, which is around 20
miles east at the other side of
Birmingham city centre. National
Express do provide some long distance coach services to some London
Airports from Bearwood.
By road the fastest routes are either via the M5, M6 and M42
Motorways, or via
Birmingham city centre
Birmingham city centre and the A45.
For travellers by rail there are direct train services from Galton
Bridge railway station or from Rolfe Street railway station changing
Birmingham New Street.
There are no direct bus services from
Smethwick to the airport.
Passengers would have to travel to
Birmingham and change buses. The
principal bus service to the airport is the National Express West
Midlands 'Limited Stop' service 900 (
Birmingham to Coventry).
Public services and government
Smethwick is represented at
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by
12 councillors, covering the four wards of Soho & Victoria, St
Pauls (which covers up to the Hawthorns ground),
Smethwick and Abbey.
It is represented in the House of Commons as part of the Warley
constituency. It also included Bristnall ward up until 2004, when it
was transferred to Oldbury 'town'.
There are two public libraries in Smethwick; the larger main library
is located on the High Street and a smaller one islocated on
Smethwick Swimming Centre
Formerly known as 'Thimblemill Baths', it is a public swimming pool
which opened in 1933, located on Thimblemill Road between Gladys Road
and Reginald Road in Bearwood. There are two pools (a 1933 main pool
and a 1968 small pool), gym, dance studio, sauna and steam
Second World War
Second World War the basement was used as an air raid
shelter and a supply depot for the US Air Force who were stationed in
Smethwick. The main pool was capable of being covered for the purpose
of public events; concerts, galas and exhibitions once took place
until the late 1960s. Famous acts including Tommy Cooper, the Beatles,
the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Small Faces and the Kinks played at
Smethwick is provided by the West Midlands Police, who
have a police station on Piddock Road just off the High Street. West
Midlands Fire Service is responsible for fire and rescue. A fire
station is located on Stony Lane a short distance from the High
Street. Emergency medical care is provided by the West Midlands
Smethwick is part of
Sandwell and West
Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.
The closest hospital is City Hospital (previously known as
Hospital) located in Winson Green. Other local hospitals include
Sandwell General Hospital in
West Bromwich and Queen Elizabeth
Hospital in Selly Oak.
See: Districts of Smethwick
Black Patch & Soho
Cape Hill, (including Windmill Lane and French Walls)
Smethwick (including Victoria Park)
Smethwick (Brasshouse Lane, Albion Estate, Hawthorns, Middlemore
West Smethwick (Including Galton Village)
Charles Douglas Fox
Charles Douglas Fox (1843–1921), English civil engineer
Sydney Barnes (1873–1967),
England fast bowler, was born in
Billy Williams (1876–1929), English professional footballer entirely
West Bromwich Albion
Harold John Colley
Harold John Colley VC MM (1894-1918)
Ann George (1903–1989), actress
Ken Wharton (1916–1957), British racing driver
Christine McVie (1943-) Musician, songwriter
Julian Dawes (1942–), musician, composer
Bobby Thomson, English professional footballer
Julie Walters (1950–), actress, spent her early years at 69
Bishopton Road, in the Bearwood area of Smethwick
Patrick Cowdell (1953–), British boxer
Mark Van Hoen
Mark Van Hoen (1966–), electric music artist, born in Croydon but
brought up in Smethwick
There is disputed evidence that
Charlie Chaplin might have been born
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