With a population of just under 50,000, the West Midlands town of Tipton has an industrial heritage like much of the wider area. The first steam pumping engine was built at the town's Conygre Coalworks in 1712, and it's worth visiting a full replica at the Dudley-based Black Country Living Museum. The area experienced a big rise of population in the 19th century with the digging of a new canal from Birmingham to Wolverhampton speeding the process with more canals to follow later in the century. But what we now think of as Tipton dates back to the 1960s following a change in local government. The area prides itself on local traditions, such as keeping horses on public land with the manufacture of soap, bricks, cement, and engines all part of Tipton's rich industrial past, sadly now a shadow of its former self.