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Tired of working day and night for starvation wages, the Women Chainmakers of Cradley Heath in the Black Country in 1910, downed their hammers and stood up for their right to earn a living wage.

Led by the founder of the National Federation of Women Workers, Mary Macarthur,  their ten week strike successfully established the right to a minimum wage.


The annual Midlands TUC Chainmakers Festival, held in Cradley Heath High Street on Saturday 1st July, is the largest celebration in Britain of women's political history.

It re-enacts the struggle and celebrates the achievements and strugle of the trade union movement both then and now.

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Cradley Heath High Stret from 11am-5pm free celebrations -

  - The iconic heart of the famous struggle where the Chainmakers worked, lived - and fought their successful ten week dispute to secure a minimum wage for their sector. 

A family friendly street festival involving market stalls, fun fair rides, speeches, street theatre, music and debate, the 2017 festival promises to be a hugely successful and enjoyable day. The bigest annual celebration of women's history in Britain.

Roving Crows confirmed for 2017 Chainmakers Festival - Powerful Celtic undertones and intoxicating tribal rhythms. Roving Crows push the boundaries of the Celtic Folk genre and play with genuine passion, energy and soul – a must see live act.

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How to get to  Cradley Heath from Wolverhampton by train: 

off-peak Day Return  
leave  Wolverhampton Rail Station, taking London Midland train towards Walsall
change at Smethwick Galton Bridge Rail Station 
 take London Midland train towards Kidderminster
arrive at Cradley Heath Rail Station                        see the journey planner here....