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This is the Umbrella Project Page for Worcestershire, England.
Image right - Armorial banner of Worcestershire County Council

Image by Escudo_de_Villanueva_de_Perales.svg Coat_of_Arms_of_Henry_of_Wales.svg, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wiki Commons

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  • Administrative centre Worcester
  • County Flower - Cowslip
  • County Motto - Pulchra terra Dei donum (This fair land is the gift of God)
  • People from Worcestershire are called - ?
  • Well known for -
  • In 1751 Dr John Wall founded the Worcester Porcelain Company, creating what would become a fashionable name in tableware across the globe. The factory received a royal warrant from King George III , thus becoming Royal Worcester . The royal warrant continued and the factory is still in service to the crown to this day, even though manufacture has now ceased in Worcester itself. The former factory is now a visitor centre.
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Malvern is the home of the Morgan traditional sports car.
    * Landmarks or Main attractions
  • Worcester Cathedral
  • Broadway Tower - folly
  • Forge Mill Needle Museum at Redditch, the only remaining working needle mill in the world.
  • Hanbury Hall. Rev Richard Vernon (1549–1628). Rev Richard and his descendants slowly accumulated land in Hanbury, including the manor, bought by Edward Vernon in 1630, but it was Thomas through his successful legal practice who added most to estates, which amounted to nearly 8,000 acres (32 km2) in his successor Bowater Vernon’s day.

Worcestershire (abbreviated Worcs.) is an historical county in the West Midlands of England. In 1974, it was merged with the neighbouring county of Herefordshire to form Hereford and Worcester. This was divided in 1998, re-establishing Worcestershire as a county. The Malvern Hills forms the east–west border between the two counties.

The name Worcestershire originates from the Abglicized Latin, meaning "fort of the Wigoran". The name was first recorded c. 1040 as Wirceastrescir.

The county borders Herefordshire to the South West, Shropshire in the North West, Staffordshire to the North, Warwickshire to the East and Gloucestershire in the South.

To the west, the county is bordered by the Malvern Hills and the spa town of Malvern. The southern part of the county is bordered by Gloucestershire and the northern edge of the Cotswolds. There are two major rivers flowing through the county, the Severn and the Avon.

Worcestershire is a mainly rural county. The Malvern Hills are made up mainly of volcanic igneous rock and metamorphic rock, some of which date from more than 1200 million years ago. The rest of the county consists of undulating hills and farmland, in which the Severn valley cuts through. Several coniferous and deciduous woodlands are located in the north of the county, while the Vale of Evesham and the Cotswolds run through the south.

Fruit farming and the cultivation of hops were traditional agricultural activities in much of the county. During the latter half of the 20th century, this has largely declined with the exception southern area of the county around the Vale of Evesham, where orchards are still worked on a commercial scale.

The Districts of Worcestershire

Image adapted by CJBarnes source - Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wiki Commons
  1. Worcester
  1. Malvern Hills
  2. Wyre Forest
  3. Bromsgrove
  4. Redditch
  5. Wychavon

The main towns are:

  • Worcester - City
  • Kidderminster,
  • Bromsgrove
  • Redditch
  • Malvern,
  • Bewdley,
  • Evesham,
  • Droitwich Spa,
  • Pershore,
  • Tenbury Wells,
  • Stourport-on-Severn
  • Upton-upon-Severn.

Kidderminster, Bromsgrove and Redditch are satellite towns of Birmingham.

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Image from The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers 1984.

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