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Stourport, Worcestershire

Historical Description

Stourport, a small town in Lower Mitton ecclesiastical and Kidderminster civil parish, Worcestershire, at the confluence of the rivers Stour and Severn, at the terminus of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, 4 miles SSW of Kidderminster, 12 N of Worcester, and 134 by railway from London. It has a head post office, and a station on the Severn Valley section of the G.W.R. Stourport was a mere hamlet consisting of a few cottages before the opening of the canal in 1768, but grew then rapidly to an important town with quays, warehouses, and manufactories. There is a handsome iron bridge over the Severn, with an arch 150 feet in span. Stourport has a town-hall, a court-house for petty sessions, a police station, a bank, and a literary institute. The Church of St Michael, Lower Mitton, is situated on a steep ascent near the entrance to the town from the railway station, and is a large plain brick edifice, restored in 1883. A magnificent church, in the Decorated style, was erected in 1895. There are Baptist, Congregational, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan chapels. Markets (now nearly obsolete) are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays; fairs are held on the first Tuesday of April, July, and Oct. A considerable transit traffic is carried on, and there are a very large tannery, an iron foundry, establishments for carpet-weaving, vinegar-making, and mailing, a tin stamping and enamel work, and textile works. See MITTON, LOWER.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyWorcestershire 
Civil parishKidderminster 
Poor Law unionKidderminster 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

The full transcript of the Worcestershire section of the Return of Owners of Land, 1873.

Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Worcestershire 1569 is available on the Heraldry page.