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Historic West Bromwich Gas Showroom demolished

It stood on the High Street for three quarters of a century but the famous West Bromwich Gas Showroom has now vanished from view.


But it won't be long before the landmark building reappear - five miles away at the Black Country Living Museum.

The old showroom, which became run-down having been derelict for years, has been knocked down, altering the look of the High Street, with sections to be brought back to life at the famous attraction.

The Gas Showroom back in 1937
The demolition will pave the way for new town centre development
The famous building will move to the Black Country Living Museum
The Gas Showroom has disappeared from view
The former gas showroom back in October 2017

Museum bosses were keen to get their hands on the building to add to its impressive list of iconic buildings from years gone by.

The showroom dates back to the 1940s and was a prominent feature of the town centre in the mid-20th century.

Council chiefs in Sandwell also wanted rid of the old showroom, which they feared could pose a danger due to its crumbling state, and will now look to develop that part of the High Street.

The Gas Showroom is expected to form part of the museum's new 1950s and 60s town, which will be created over the next five years as part of a multi-million pound expansion at the attraction.