Cast Iron Houses
Black Country Museum

A photo of the rear of the Cast Iron Houses at BCLM

– Overview –

The Cast Irons Houses were built by the Eclipse Foundry for the Dudley Council. Only four were built, the first two were completed in 1925 and the second pair was completed in 1927.

The house was rebuilt at the Black Country Living Museum in the 1990s and in 2020 we were hired to carefully dismantle it so that it could be moved to another location in the museum.

After World War I, Dudley, like many local governments, needed new housing, but lacked skilled workers and building materials. Wolverhampton experimented with concrete and considered other materials. Dudley was looking for a local industry, cast iron. In August 2021, the renovation began as part of the Forging Ahead project at the Black Country Living Museum. Cast iron homes will be part of New Street in the 1940s and 1960s. This includes our most recent takedown Woodside Library.