Wonderful Wolverhampton

Did You Know!

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Charlie Chaplin worked as a stage hand at the Grand Theatre before he became famous and shipped off to America.
 
People from Wolverhampton are known as "Wulfrunians".
 
The city lies upon the Midlands Plateau at approximately 120 m (394 ft) above sea level, and is the highest city centre in the UK
 
The city council's motto is "Out of darkness cometh light"
 
The largest single employer within the city is Wolverhampton City Council.
 
Wolverhampton's first railway opened in 1837,
 
Wolverhampton Grammar School was founded in 1512, making it one of the oldest active schools in the UK. 
 
Tettenhall College (1863), educated the winner of Nobel Prize for Chemistry, Professor Sir Arthur Harden.
 
Wolverhampton Racecourse  This was one of the first all-weather horse racing courses in the UK and is Britain's only floodlit horse race track.
 
A horse by the name of Wolverhampton was among the leading contenders for the 1849 Grand National at Aintree but did not complete the course.
 
In March 29, 1927, Major Henry Segrave became the first man to exceed 200mph on land. The Wolverhampton built 1000bhp Sunbeam ‘Mystery S’ car was powered by a pair of V-12 aircraft engines.
 
England's first automatic traffic lights were erected in Princes Square in 1927
 
Bilston Street Police Station was officially opened by Diana, Princess of Wales,
 
Henry Irving, Charlie Chaplin and Sean Connery. Have appeared at The Grand Theatre.
 
Wolverhampton Politician Liberal MP Charles Pelham Villiers,was the longest serving MP in parliamentary history.
 
There is evidence that Wolverhampton may have been the location of the first working Newcomen Steam Engine in 1712.
 
Ex governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King is from Wolverhampton.
 
Wolverhampton’s Button Gwinnett was Signer of the Declaration of Independence on the 4th July 1776 and then President of Georgia in 1777.
 
Molineux Stadium was one of the first grounds in the country to install floodlights, as well as hosting some of the first European club games in the 1950s.Stan Cullis.jpg
 
Wolves are also one of the oldest English football clubs and were one of the 12 founder members of the Football League.
 
Wolves were also the first English team to play in the Soviet Union.
Wolverhampton born Billy Wright being the first person ever to score 100 caps for his country.