This is about Dudley, England, for other places by the same name, see Dudley (disambiguation)
Dudley has a history dating back to medieval times; a castle has stood in Dudley since the 8th century, the present castle dates from the 13th century, and provided the centre around which the town grew. (see Dudley Castle)
The town industrialised rapidly in the 18th and 19th centuries, and its population grew dramatically. Due to its heavy and highly polluting industries it became a central part of the Black Country. The main industries in Dudley included coal and limestone mining. Other industries included iron, steel, engineering, metalurgy, glass cutting, textiles and leatherworking. Most of these industries have declined in recent decades.
Famous people born in Dudley include: