Wordsley School of Art

The Wordsley School of Art opened in 1899 following a campaign by the local glass manufacturers who had the long term view of educating their employees to improve products in order to meet growing international competition. The matching "mirror" half of the building was opened in 1909 in order to cater for the increasing demands for its services.

Originally there had been four large terra-cotta panels on the first floor (two on each side of the windows), but these were stolen in 1993.

For many years the building remained empty and the windows were boarded-up, it had not been used since the local community association moved to new premises at The Green.

For many years it remained it this derelict state and was believed to Stuart Crystal who had a number of grand ideas for its future use. However it was demolished in 2001 but the foundation stones were saved by the Kingswinford glass museum.

Broadfield House Glass Museum salvaged the granite plaques, which were laid when the two separate parts of the building were completed in 1898 and 1906.

Wordsley historian Stan Hill said: "I should think they're worthless except to local history buffs but it's something from the old art school when everything else has gone."