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13 year old Queen Victoria described the land as "desolate" and "black"

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A 13-year-old Queen Victoria was once so offended by the sight of the Black Country she closed the curtains in her carriage as she passed through. She wrote in her diary “the country is very desolate everywhere […] the men, woemen (sic), children, country and houses are all black,” and added, “but I cannot by any description give an idea of its strange and extraordinary appearance”.

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