Stone Cross, West Midlands
Stone Cross shown within the West Midlands
|OS grid reference||SP010940|
|Metropolitan county||West Midlands|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||WEST BROMWICH|
|EU Parliament||West Midlands|
|UK Parliament||West Bromwich East|
Stone Cross is a residential area of West Bromwich in the metropolitan borough of Sandwell in the West Midlands of England. It is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north of the town centre, and is situated around the A4034 road that links West Bromwich and Walsall.
Stone Cross takes its name from a wayside cross which stood until the 1890s - a replica was unveiled in 2002. It was a largely rural area until the late 1920s, when West Bromwich council built a large council housing development in the area, to the west of Walsall Road, which joined up with the new Friar Park estate, another council housing development.
On 10 November 1940, during World War II, a bomb landed on Walsall Road and damaged several houses, missing its target of a nearby anti-aircraft gun. There were no fatalities.
The suburb is served by Tame Bridge railway station, which gives railway links to Birmingham, Walsall, Stafford and Wolverhampton. The centre is a major interchange of the National Express West Midlands 40 and 4 bus services giving commuters alternative routes to West Bromwich, Walsall and Oldbury.
Stone Cross is home to the countries largest St George's Day parade, which runs between Stone Cross and Dartmouth Park in West Bromwich. In 2014 it attracted around 15000 people.
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