In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Kidderminster like this:
Kidderminster, parl. and mun. bor., market town, and par., Worcestershire, on river Stour, 15 miles N. of Worcester, 18 miles SW. of Birmingham, and 125 miles SW. of London - par., 10,685 ac., pop. 31,033; parl. bor., 2414 ac., pop. 25,633; mun. bor., 1247 ac., pop. 24,270; 4 Banks, 3 newspapers. ...
Market-day, Thursday. Chiderminster was the ancient name of the town. It was incorporated in the reign of Charles I. The great industry in carpet mfr., which is so familiarly associated with Kidderminster, originated in 1735 - flat carpets being first made, and afterwards, in 1749, the cut carpets. At the present time it is principally Brussels and what are known as tapestry carpets which form the greater part of the mfr. There are also in the town worsted spinning mills, silk damask works, dye-works, lead works, &c. The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal passes the town. The borough returns 1 member to Parliament.
Kidderminster is now part of Wyre Forest district. Click here for graphs and data of how Wyre Forest has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Kidderminster itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Kidderminster, in Wyre Forest and Worcestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th March 2017
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