In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Bewdley like this:
Bewdley, mun. bor. and township, Ribbesford par., Worcestershire, on river Severn, 3 miles SW. of Kidderminster and 126 miles from London by rail, 2110 ac., pop. 3088; p.o., t.o., 1 Bank. Market-day, Saturday. It has mfrs. of combs, leather, and malt. It returned 1 member to Parliament until 1885.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Bewdley has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Wyre Forest. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Bewdley and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bewdley, in Wyre Forest and Worcestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th August 2014
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