Smethwick's rich history has been brought to life in a fascinating book of old photographs compiled by two author friends.
Andrew Maxam and David Harvey, who have brought out several previous books individually related to local history, are confident their first joint venture, Images of England, Smethwick , will prove a big seller.
The 128-page book tells of how Smethwick grew from a thinly populated rural area in the late-1600s to a densely populated industrial heartland, much influenced by pioneering engineers James Watt and Matthew Boulton.
Numerous 20th century photographs are included, showing streets, buildings, various transport, schools, shops and businesses, many of which have long since gone.
The recently demolished former Cape Hill Brewery and the town's original police station in High Street are among many buildings depicted.
Other notable snaps show the Chance Memorial at West Smethwick Park in its full glory and people being rowed to safety when heavy rain caused High Street to flood on July 11, 1927.
Andrew, aged 46, who lives in Smethwick, said David, a former Birmingham teacher and bus driver, provided most of the transport-related photos.
* The book, priced at £12.99, is published by Stroud-based Tempus Publishing Ltd.