By Tim Lambert
994 Wulfruna founds a minster church at Wolverhampton
1258 Wolverhampton is given the right to hold markets and fairs. Afterward, Wolverhampton becomes a small market town. The main industry is weaving wool.
1590 Wolverhampton is badly damaged by a fire
1696 Wolverhampton suffers another fire
1750 Wolverhampton is a stage coaching town on the road from London to Holyhead. Wolverhampton is also known for its steel industry. Wolverhampton has a population of about 7,500.
1772 A canal to Wolverhampton opens
1801 Wolverhampton has a population of about 12,0000. The Industrial Revolution is causing Wolverhampton to boom.
1821 Wolverhampton gains gas light
1837 The railway reaches Wolverhampton
1848 Wolverhampton gains a mayor and corporation
1849 A hospital opens in Wolverhampton. Cholera breaks out.
1859 The Great Western Railway opens a factory in Wolverhampton
1869 The first public library opens in Wolverhampton
1881 The first public park opens in Wolverhampton
1884 An art gallery opens in Wolverhampton
1895 Wolverhampton gains an electricity supply
1901 Wolverhampton has a population of 95,000
1938 A Civic Hall is built
1941-42 Wolverhampton is bombed
1951 Wolverhampton has a population of 162,000
1968 The Mander Centre opens
2001 Wolverhampton is made a city
2003 The Mander Centre is refurbished
2004 Market Square opens