Place:Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England

Alt namesStour-in-Usmeresource: Encyclopædia Britannica (1988) VI, 850
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates52.389°N 2.249°W
Located inWorcestershire, England     (300 - 1974)
Also located inHereford and Worcester, England     (1974 - 1998)
Worcestershire, England     (1998 - )
See alsoHalfshire Hundred, Worcestershire, Englandhundred of which the parish was a part
Wyre Forest District, Hereford and Worcester, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-1998
Wyre Forest District, Worcestershire, Englanddistrict 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 now 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: 2,414 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."

Kidderminster was originally an ancient parish in the Halfshire Hundred of Worcestershire, England. It became a municipal borough in 1835 (when municipal boroughs were first introduced) and remained one until 1974 (when they were all abolished). The municipal borough had two civil parishes: Kidderminster Borough and Kidderminster Foreign. Kidderminster Borough gradually absorbed Kidderminster Foreign and also parts of the nearby parishes of Stone, Wolverley, & Wribbenhall. In 1974 the whole area was transferred to the non-metropolitan Wyre Forest District, first in the county of Hereford and Worcester, and then, since 1998, in Worcestershire again.

Research tips

  • Ordnance Survey Maps of England and Wales - Revised: Worcestershire illustrates the parish boundaries of Worcestershire when rural districts were still in existence and before the West Midlands came into being. The map publication year is 1931. The map blows up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets. Maps in this series are now downloadable for personal use.
  • British History Online has a large collection of local maps from the Ordnance Survey 1883-1893. These blow up to a size that permits viewing of individual hamlets, farms, collieries, but there is no overlapping of one map to the next, and no overall map to tie the individual ones together.
  • British History Online also has three volumes of the Victoria County History of Worcestershire online. Volume 3 (published in 1913) deals with the Halfshire Hundred; Volume 4 (published in 1924) deals with the City of Worcester, as well as parishes in the hundreds of Pershore and Doddingtree. Volume 2 covers religious houses in the county. The remainder of the county is not represented in the British History Online series.
  • GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Worcestershire as well as leading to a collection of 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki provides a similar information service to GENUKI which may be more up-to-date. An index of parishes leads to notes and references for each parish. The auxiliary website English Jurisdictions can also be helpful.
  • Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PD (Telephone: 01905 822866, e-mail: The Archives Collections Catalog Summary outlines the contents of the Archives Collection and also notes on what has been transferred to the national online service Access to Archives
  • The Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry has a branch in Bromsgrove which deals in Worcestershire family history. There are also branches at Stourbridge and Worcester.
  • The Midlands Historical Data project produces searchable facsimile copies of old local history books and directories of interest to genealogists. It specialises in the three counties of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire, working closely with libraries, archives and family history societies in the area. Digital images are made freely available to participating organisations to improve public access. Free search index on its web-site to all its books. In many cases payment will be required to see the extract.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has
  1. organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts of the 20th century
  2. excerpts from a gazetteer of circa 1870 outlining individual towns and parishes
  3. reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960
  • Brett Langston's list of Worcestershire Registration Districts and parishes within each registration district from 1837 to the present can indicate where to find details of civil registration entries since the process began in England.
  • More local sources can often be found by referring to "What Links Here" in the column on the left.
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