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Stourbridge borders on green belt land, and is close to unspoiled countryside with rural Shropshire close by to the west.
The Clent Hills, Kinver Edge and large areas of farmland lie to the south and west.
The local glass proved particularly suitable for the industry, taken up predominantly after the immigration of French coal miners in the Huguenot diaspora.
Stourbridge is a part of the West Midlands metropolitan county and conurbation, in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley.
Of particular note are glass cutters, as 8.1% had come from Ireland, believed to be as a result of the decline of the Irish glasscutting industry in the first half of the 1800s.
The houses inhabited by glassworkers were of a much better quality in comparison to the slums in which the nailmakers of Lye and Wollescote lived.
The 1861 census identified that 1,032 residents of Stourbridge were involved in the glass trade in some way.
Of these, 541 were glass workers - an increase from 409 in 1851, believed to be partly caused by the collapse of the glass industry in nearby Dudley in the 1850s.