|Alt names||Stour-in-Usmere||source: Encyclopædia Britannica (1988) VI, 850|
|Type||Town, Borough (municipal)|
|Located in||Worcestershire, England (300 - 1974)|
|Also located in||Hereford and Worcester, England (1974 - 1998)|
|Worcestershire, England (1998 - )|
|See also||Halfshire (hundred), Worcestershire, England||hundred of which the parish was a part|
|Wyre Forest District, Hereford and Worcester, England||district municipality covering the area 1974-1998|
|Wyre Forest District, Worcestershire, England||district municipality covering the area from 1998 onward|
- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Kidderminster is a town in the Wyre Forest District of Worcestershire, England. It is located approximately 17 miles (27 km) south-west of Birmingham city centre and approximately 15 miles (24 km) north of Worcester city centre. The 2011 census recorded a population of 55,530 in the town.
The modern carpet industry was founded in the area in 1785 by Brintons, and the carpet industry became extremely important to the local economy, so much so that the local newspaper is still named The Shuttle after the shuttles used on the carpet looms. By 1951 there were over thirty carpet manufacturers in the town, including, for example Quayle & Tranter (now defunct) who commissioned notable artists including George Bain for their traditional designs.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Kidderminster.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Kidderminster from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "Kidderminster, [parliamentary] and [municipal borough], market town, and [parish], Worcestershire, on river Stour, 15 miles N. of Worcester, 18 miles SW. of Birmingham, and 125 miles SW. of London
- "[Parish]: 10,685 acres, population: 31,033; parliamentary borough: 2414 acres, population: 25,633; municipal borough: 1247 acres, population: 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 [carpets] 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."