Merry Hill is a large shopping centre near Brierley Hill in the West Midlands constructed between 1985 and 1990. The author Catherine O’Flynn got her inspiration for her book What Was Lost after working here. In the novel, the centre is known as the Green Oaks centre. The Waterstones is set over two floors.
Red House Glass Cone, Wordsley
After leaving the centre we stopped at Wordsley to visit the Red House Cone, a glass cone, which was, as the name suggests, used in the production of crystal glass. Now a Grade 2 listed building, it was the home of the company Stuart who made glass crystal there until 1936. There is an interesting, free museum on the site which is worth a visit. You can peer into the impressive cone, although health and safety currently prohibits entry.
Whilst here, I bought Crossroads by Mark Radcliffe.