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Famous People Connected to Worcestershire, England

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  • Stanley Baldwin Born in Bewdley, Worcestershire in 1867 - Died in 1947. English Conservative politician and Prime Minister.
  • Sir Thomas Brock KCB RA (March 1, 1847 – August 22, 1922), English sculptor most famous for the Imperial Victoria Memorial in London was born in Worcester in 1847


  • John Corbett, Industrialist Born in 1817 - Died in 1901 was a native of the Black Country, being born at Brierley Hill in 1817, the son of Joseph, a prominent owner and operator of canal boats. He was also known as ‘The Salt King’, he owned a thriving salt works on the banks of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Stoke Prior, near Droitwich Spa. He revolutionised the commercial manufacture of salt through his discovery of extracting it from beneath the ground by pumping in large volumes of water and sucking out the resultant brine. Corbett then used giant evaporating pans to separate the salt from the water. Corbett was a philanthropic employer and did much to improve the working and living conditions for his employees as testified by a stained glass window in St Michael's Church, Stoke Prior, that was paid for by local folk. Corbett, who was also MP for Droitwich Spa and Mid Worcestershire, he amassed a fortune from his works at Stoke Prior and sold his business to the Salt Union Ltd for £660,000 in 1888. He built himself a grand house near Droitwich Spa called 'Chateau Impney', now a hotel and conference centre. Corbett also bought St. Andrew's House and turned it into The Raven Hotel and built the Worcestershire Brine Baths Hotel, both in Droitwich Spa. Corbett’s influence can also be found in the almshouses 'for decayed salt makers' at nearby Wychbold. He also paid for the re-building of Droitwich Spa railway station and made numerous other gifts including the rebuilding of the church at Stoke Prior. John Corbett died in 1901 and is buried in the churchyard at St Michael's in Stoke Prior. See



  • Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet, OM, GCVO (2 June 1857 – 23 February 1934) English composer, was born at Lower Broadheath outside Worcester. His father, William Henry Elgar (1821-1906) ran a music shop at the end of High Street in Worcester; a statue of Elgar stands near the original location of that shop. His birthplace is a short way outside Worcester in the village of Broadheath. See




  • Sir Charles Hastings (11 January 1794 – 21 March 1866) was a medical surgeon and a founder of the British Medical Association, the BMA, originally Provincial Medical and Surgical Association on July 19, 1832. He attended Worcester Grammar School.
  • Sir Rowland Hill, born in Kidderminster in 1795 - died in 1879, invented the prepaid postage stamp. He was an important Victorian reformer who wanted to improve living conditions for everyone. This included making it possible for all people to be able to afford to send letters to their friends and families.
  • A.E. Housman Alfred Edward Housman (26 March 1859 – 30 April 1936), usually known as A. E. Housman, was an English classical scholar and poet. Born in Fockbury, Worcestershire in 1859 - Died in 1936. He went to Bromsgrove School where he won prizes for his poetry and lived in Bromsgrove. He was moved to write about Worcestershire in his poem “Bredon Hill” taken from his most famous work “A Shropshire Lad”.



  • King John (1167-1216) is buried in Worcester Cathedral, according to his own request.



  • Benjamin Williams Leader RA (12 March 1831 – 22 March 1923) was an English landscape painter. was born and brought up in Worcester, living at Diglis House. Born Benjamin Leader Williams - see his brother below.


  • William Morris, Lord Nuffield, (1877-1963) (founder of Morris Motors Limited and philanthropist), spent the first three years of his life in Worcester.




  • Ernest Payne (1884 - 1961) was born in Worcester and rode for the local Worcester St Johns Cycling Club. He won a gold medal in the team pursuit at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London.




  • Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke née Mary Sidney (Bewdley, 27 October 1561 – London, 25 September 1621), was one of the first English women to achieve a major reputation for her literary works, translations and literary patronage.
  • Hannah Snell (1723–1792) was a British woman who disguised herself as a man and became a soldier.was born and brought up in Worcester





  • Dr. John Wall who founded the Worcester Porcelain Company
  • Fay Weldon CBE (born 22 September 1931) is an English author, essayist and playwright, whose work has been associated with feminism. was born in Worcester.
  • Edward Leader Williams, (1828-1910) designer of the Manchester Ship Canal, was born and brought up in Worcester, living at Diglis House
  • James White (1775–1820), founder of the first advertising agency in 1800 in London, was born in Worcester.


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