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Cradley’s main claim to fame has been its manufacture of chain during the nineteenth century when nail manufacture became unprofitable with the advent of machine made nails.

However coal mining was also an important industry in Cradley with several collieries dotting the landscape. Please click on the articles below to find out more.

Chain and coal
Chain Making Land of the Chain Makers Coal Mining Chain Makers - The White Slaves of England Women Chainmakers Strike (1910)