Wolverhampton is a modern and vibrant City with a documented history that stretches back to 985AD when King Aethelred granted the title of land known as Heantune to Lady Wulfruna.
By the 13th Century it had become a bustling market town and wool weaving was a key industry. Major fires in the late 16th and 17th Centuries destroyed much of the town but Wolverhampton kept rising from the ashes and rebuilding itself.
As a stagecoach stop between London and Holyhead, Wolverhampton grew and by the late 19th Century the effects of the industrial revolution were being felt with the canals, first introduced to the town in 1772, playing an important role.
Wolverhampton continued to grow and prosper and in 2001 successfully bid for City status. With a population of nearly a quarter of a million people, Wolverhampton’s tradition of growing and adapting continues with the Wolverhampton Interchange project.
The Queens Building in Wolverhampton was opened on October 1st, 1849 as the entrance gateway to the High Level Train Station, built by the Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway Company. It held the booking hall and the company’s Board Room.
When the train station was rebuilt in 1965 as part of the modernisation programme to electrify the West Coast Main Line, the Queen’s Building was abandoned and fell derelict until a new bus terminal was built in the 1990s.
The new bus station will preserve the Grade II Listed Queen’s Building which will once again stand as an entrance gateway, this time into the Wolverhampton Interchange project.