The Ruskin Pottery Studio, named in honour of the artist John Ruskin, was in Oldbury Road.Many English churches have stained glass windows made by Hardman Studios in Lightwoods House, or, before that, by the Camm family.Other former industry included railway rolling stock manufacture, at the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company factory; screws and other fastenings from Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds (GKN); engines from Tangye; tubing from Evered's; steel pen nibs from British Pens; and various products from Chance Brothers' glassworks, including lighthouse lenses and the glazing for the Crystal Palace (the London works, in North Smethwick, manufactured its metalwork).
Until the end of the 18th century it was an outlying hamlet of the south Staffordshire village of Harborne.
Harborne became part of the county borough of Birmingham and thus transferred from Staffordshire to Warwickshire in 1891, leaving Smethwick in the County of Staffordshire.
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