In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Stourbridge like this:
Stourbridge, market town and township (ry. stations Stourbridge and Stourbridge Junction), Oldswinford par., Worcestershire, on river Stour, 5 miles SW. of Dudley and 11½ W. of Birmingham, 450 ac., pop. 9757; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Friday. Stourbridge was anciently known as Bedcote. It has a county court-house, a market-house, a corn exchange, and a grammar school founded in 1553; it has also mfrs. of glass (introduced by refugees from Hungary and Lorraine in 1556), iron, and fire-bricks. These last are made from a peculiarly rich fire-clay, and are largely exported.
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 Stourbridge has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Dudley. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Stourbridge and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Stourbridge, in Dudley and Worcestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th June 2013
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