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Worcestershire
Worcestershire
(/ˈwʊstərʃər/ ( listen) WUUS-tər-shər, /-ʃɪər/ -sheer; written abbreviation: Worcs) is a county in the West Midlands of England. Between 1974 and 1998, it was merged with the neighbouring county of Herefordshire
Herefordshire
as Hereford and Worcester. The cathedral city of Worcester
Worcester
is the largest settlement and county town. Other major towns in the county include Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Evesham, Kidderminster, Malvern, Redditch, and Stourport-on-Severn. The north-east of Worcestershire
Worcestershire
includes part of the industrial West Midlands; the rest of the county is largely rural. The county is divided into six administrive districts: Worcester, Redditch, Wychavon, Malvern Hills, Wyre Forest, and Bromsgrove.

Contents

1 Location 2 History 3 Demographics

3.1 Ethnicity

4 Local government

4.1 1844–1911 4.2 1926 boundary changes 4.3 1966–1974 4.4 1974–1998 4.5 1998–present

5 Physical geography

5.1 Green belt

6 Sport 7 Culture 8 Media 9 Economy

9.1 Industry and agriculture

10 Education 11 Towns and villages 12 Places of interest 13 Local groups 14 Condiments 15 See also 16 References

16.1 Notes 16.2 Citations 16.3 Sources

17 External links

Location[edit] The county borders Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire, and Gloucestershire. To the west, the county is bordered by the Malvern Hills. The south of the county is bordered by Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
and the northern edge of the Cotswolds; to the east is Warwickshire. Two major rivers flow through the county: the Severn and the Avon. History[edit]

The Battle of Powick Bridge
Battle of Powick Bridge
on the River Teme
River Teme
on 23 September 1642 began the English Civil War.

Main articles: History of Worcestershire and Civil War in Worcestershire Worcestershire
Worcestershire
was the heartland of the early English kingdom of the Hwicce. It was absorbed by the Kingdom of Mercia
Kingdom of Mercia
during the 7th century and became part of the unified Kingdom of England
England
in 927. It was a separate ealdormanship briefly in the 10th century before forming part of the Earldom of Mercia
Earldom of Mercia
in the 11th century. In the years leading up to the Norman conquest, the Church, supported by the cathedral, Evesham
Evesham
Abbey, Pershore
Pershore
Abbey, Malvern Priory, and other religious houses, increasingly dominated the county. The last known Anglo-Saxon
Anglo-Saxon
sheriff of the county was Cyneweard of Laughern, and the first Norman sheriff was Urse d'Abetot
Urse d'Abetot
who built the castle of Worcester
Worcester
and seized much church land. On 4 August 1265, Simon de Montfort was killed in the Battle of Evesham
Evesham
in Worcestershire. In 1642, the Battle of Powick Bridge
Battle of Powick Bridge
was the first major skirmish of the English Civil War, and the Battle of Worcester
Worcester
in 1651 effectively ended the civil war. During the Middle Ages, much of the county's economy was based on the wool trade. Many areas of its dense forests, such as Feckenham Forest, Horewell Forest and Malvern Chase, were royal hunting grounds subject to forest law. In the 19th century, Worcester
Worcester
was a centre for the manufacture of gloves; the town of Kidderminster
Kidderminster
became a centre for carpet manufacture, and Redditch
Redditch
specialised in the manufacture of needles, springs and hooks. Droitwich
Droitwich
Spa, situated on large deposits of salt, was a centre of salt production from Roman times, with one of the principal Roman roads running through the town. These old industries have since declined, to be replaced by other, more varied light industry. The county is also home to the world's oldest continually published newspaper, the Berrow's Journal, established in 1690. Malvern was one of the centres of the 19th century rise in English spa towns due to Malvern water
Malvern water
being believed to be very pure, containing "nothing at all".[3] Demographics[edit] See also: List of settlements in Worcestershire
Worcestershire
by population The 2011 census found the population of Worcestershire
Worcestershire
to be 566,169, an increase of 4.4% from the 2001 population of 542,107. Ethnicity[edit] Though the total number of people in every ethnic group increased between 2001 and 2011, the White British share of Worcestershire's population decreased from 95.5% to 92.4%, as did the share of white ethnic groups as whole, which went from 97.5% to 95.7%. While this change is in line with the nationwide trend of White British people's share of the population shrinking, Worcestershire
Worcestershire
is still much more ethnically homogeneous than the national average. In 2011 England
England
as a whole was 79.8% White British, much lower than Worcestershire's figure of 92.4%.

Ethnic group 2001 population 2001 % 2011 population 2011 %

White: British 517,747 95.5 522,922 92.4

White: Irish 4,163 0.8 3,480 0.6

White: Irish Traveller/Gypsy[note 1]

1,165 0.2

White: Other 6,869 1.27 14,491 2.6

White: Total 528,779 97.5 542,058

95.7

Asian or Asian British: Indian 1,640 0.3 3,634 0.6

Asian or Asian British: Pakistani 2,917 0.5 4,984 0.9

Asian or Asian British: Bangladeshi 970 0.2 1,316 0.2

Asian or Asian British: Chinese 1,106 0.2 1,601 0.3

Asian or Asian British: Asian Other 455 0.1 2,206 0.4

Asian or Asian British: Total 7,088 1.3 13,741 2.4

Black or Black British: Caribbean 1,153 0.2 1,275 0.2

Black or Black British: African 332 0.1 767 0.1

Black or Black British: Other 153 0.03 330 0.1

Black or Black British: Total 1,638 0.3 2,372

0.4

Mixed: White and Caribbean 1,704 0.3 3,150 0.6

Mixed: White and African 221 0.04 592 0.1

Mixed: White and Asian Other 1,099 0.2 2,053 0.4

Mixed: Other Mixed 771 0.1 1,250 0.2

British Mixed: Total 3,795 0.7 7,045

1.2

Other: Arab[note 2]

236 0.04

Other: Any other ethnic group 807 0.1 717 0.1

Other: Total 807 0.1 953

0.2

Total 542,107 100 566,169

100

Local government[edit] Main article: Evolution of Worcestershire
Worcestershire
county boundaries Local government in Worcestershire
Worcestershire
has changed several times since the middle of the 19th centiry. 1844–1911[edit]

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Halesowen
Halesowen
was an exclave of neighbouring Shropshire
Shropshire
until 1844 when it was incorporated into Worcestershire. It is now in the metropolitan county of the West Midlands.

Worcestershire
Worcestershire
had several exclaves, which were areas of land cut off from the main geographical area of Worcestershire
Worcestershire
and completely surrounded by the nearby counties of Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire
Herefordshire
and Oxfordshire. The most notable were Dudley, Evenlode, and the area around Shipston-on-Stour. In return, Staffordshire, Warwickshire
Warwickshire
and Shropshire
Shropshire
had their own exclaves within Worcestershire. These were found at Clent, Tardebigge
Tardebigge
and Halesowen/Oldbury (or the Halesowen
Halesowen
parish area) and were transferred to or rejoined Worcestershire
Worcestershire
in October 1844 under the Counties (Detached Parts) Act 1844. This Act of Parliament
Act of Parliament
was designed to eradicate the issue of 'islands' or 'exclaves', however Shipston-on-Stour
Shipston-on-Stour
remained associated with Worcestershire
Worcestershire
until April 1931 and likewise Dudley
Dudley
until 1966. The southern boundary of the county was also confusing, with parish boundaries penetrating deep into Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
and vice versa. This was also eventually resolved by the 1844 Act. Worcestershire County Council
Worcestershire County Council
came into existence following the Local Government Act 1888 and covered the historic traditional county, except for two designated county boroughs at Dudley
Dudley
and Worcester. Birmingham's continuous expansion has been a major cause of Worcestershire's fluid boundary changes and associated housing issues. The district of Balsall Heath, which had originally constituted the most northerly part of the parish of King's Norton, was the first area of the county to be added to the County Borough of Birmingham, on 1 October 1891. This was followed by Quinton Urban District, which was ceded to Birmingham
Birmingham
in November 1909, and then by the Rural District of Yardley and the greater part of the Urban District of King's Norton and Northfield, which were absorbed into Birmingham
Birmingham
under the Greater Birmingham
Birmingham
Scheme on 9 November 1911. Thus these areas were transferred from Worcestershire
Worcestershire
to Warwickshire. Dudley's historical status within the Diocese of Worcester
Worcester
and through its aristocratic links[clarification needed] ensured that the exclave was governed on a largely autonomous basis. Worcester
Worcester
was also self-governing and was known as The City and County of Worcester. 1926 boundary changes[edit] In 1926, Dudley
Dudley
County Borough council purchased several square miles of land to the north of the town centre, mostly in Sedgley (Staffordshire), including Dudley
Dudley
Castle. This was to build the Priory Estate, a large new council estate on which construction began in 1929. The boundaries of Worcestershire
Worcestershire
were altered to include all of the proposed new housing estate in Dudley.[4] 1966–1974[edit]

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During the Local Government reorganisation of April 1966, Dudley expanded beyond its historical boundaries and took in the bulk of Sedgley
Sedgley
and Brierley Hill
Brierley Hill
and the south of Coseley
Coseley
as well as a small section of Amblecote. The Local Government Act redefined its status and the County Borough of Dudley
Dudley
became part of Staffordshire, the county of which all of these areas had been part. At the same time, Worcestershire
Worcestershire
gained a new county borough named Warley, which was an amalgamation of Oldbury Urban District, Rowley Regis Urban District, the County Borough of Smethwick
County Borough of Smethwick
and parts of Dudley
Dudley
and Tipton. During these reorganisations, the area of the administrative county grew only where Stourbridge
Stourbridge
took in the majority of Amblecote
Amblecote
Urban District from Staffordshire
Staffordshire
and[clarification needed] the designation of Redditch
Redditch
in 1964 as a New Town. This in turn saw expansion into the area in and around the villages of Ipsley
Ipsley
and Matchborough
Matchborough
in Warwickshire. The Redditch
Redditch
New Town designation coincided with a considerable programme of social and private house building in Droitwich, Worcester, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster
Kidderminster
and along the Birmingham
Birmingham
boundary at Frankley, Rubery
Rubery
and Rednal. Frankley
Frankley
parish was later split into two: New Frankley
Frankley
and the area around Bartley Reservoir transferred from Bromsgrove
Bromsgrove
District to Birmingham
Birmingham
in April 1995; but the small village of Frankley
Frankley
remained in Worcestershire
Worcestershire
and became a new Civil Parish
Parish
under the same name. 1974–1998[edit]

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Broadway Tower, one of several Worcestershire
Worcestershire
follies

From 1974, the central and southern parts of the county were amalgamated with Herefordshire
Herefordshire
and with Worcester
Worcester
County Borough to form a single non-metropolitan county of Hereford and Worcester. The County Boroughs of Dudley
Dudley
and Warley, along with Stourbridge
Stourbridge
and Halesowen, were incorporated into the new West Midlands Metropolitan county. The West Midlands County Council
West Midlands County Council
existed for only a few years before abolition in April 1986, although the West Midlands still exists as a ceremonial county. 1998–present[edit]

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In the 1990s UK local government reform, the county of Hereford & Worcester
Worcester
was abolished, and the non-metropolitan county or shire county of Worcestershire
Worcestershire
regained its historic border with Herefordshire. The recreated County of Worcestershire
Worcestershire
came into existence on 1 April 1998 as an administrative and ceremonial county, although this excluded the Black Country
Black Country
towns of Dudley, Halesowen, Oldbury and Stourbridge
Stourbridge
(which remained part of the West Midlands). Worcestershire County Council
Worcestershire County Council
was reformed, although some services are shared with the newly formed Herefordshire
Herefordshire
Council, including waste management and the youth offending service. The former Hereford and Worcester
Worcester
districts of Redditch, Worcester, Bromsgrove, Wychavon
Wychavon
and Wyre Forest
Wyre Forest
were retained with little or no change. However the Leominster
Leominster
and Malvern Hills
Malvern Hills
districts straddled the historic border, so a new Malvern Hills
Malvern Hills
district was constituted which straddled the pre-April 1974 county boundary to the west, south-west and north-west. The remaining parts of the former Hereford and Worcester
Worcester
district of Leominster, returned to Herefordshire. See also: List of Worcestershire
Worcestershire
boundary changes Physical geography[edit]

Summit of the Worcestershire Beacon
Worcestershire Beacon
in the Malvern Hills, the county's highest point.

The Malvern Hills, which run from the south of the county into Herefordshire, are made up mainly of volcanic igneous rocks and metamorphic rocks, some of which date from more than 1200 million years ago. They are designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Worcestershire
Worcestershire
Beacon, which at 425m is the highest point in the county, lies in this range.[5] The rest of the county consists of undulating hills and farmland stretching either side of the Severn
Severn
valley. The Severn
Severn
is the United Kingdom's longest river and flows through Bewdley, Stourport-on-Severn and Worcester.[6] The River Avon flows through the Worcestershire
Worcestershire
town on Evesham
Evesham
and joins the Severn
Severn
at Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. Several coniferous and deciduous woodlands are located in the north of the county. The Vale of Evesham
Evesham
runs through the south of the county and to its south are the Cotswolds
Cotswolds
AONB.[7]

Honeybourne railway station
Honeybourne railway station
on the Cotswold Line
Cotswold Line
and the potential Honeybourne Line.

Green belt[edit] Further information: West Midlands Green Belt Worcestershire
Worcestershire
contains a broad expanse of green belt area, widening to 10+ miles in places. It is part of the larger belt surrounding the West Midlands county, and first drawn up from the 1950s. All of the county's districts bar Malvern Hills
Malvern Hills
contain some portion of the belt. Sport[edit]

New Road is the home of Worcestershire
Worcestershire
County Cricket Club, across the River Severn
River Severn
from Worcester
Worcester
Cathedral.

Football is the most popular sport in the county[citation needed], and the largest and most successful football club in the county is Kidderminster
Kidderminster
Harriers. Founded in 1877 as a running club and doubling as a rugby club from 1880, the football club was founded in 1886. In 1987, the club won the FA Trophy
FA Trophy
for the first time, and seven years later reached the fifth round of the FA Cup, also winning the GM Vauxhall Conference title in 1994 but being denied Football League status as their Aggborough Stadium
Aggborough Stadium
did not meet capacity requirements. However, when the club next won the Conference title six years later, their stadium had been upgraded and promotion was granted, giving the county its first Football League
Football League
members. However, the club's Football League membership was short-lived, as Harriers were relegated back to the Conference in 2005 after just five years in the Football League, and have yet to reclaim their status.[8] The county is also represented by Worcester
Worcester
City of the Midland Football League
Football League
& Redditch
Redditch
United of the Southern Premier League. There is also Droitwich
Droitwich
United, Evesham
Evesham
United, Kempsey F.C. Malvern Rangers, Malvern Wanderers, Nunnery Woods and Pershore
Pershore
Town. The county is home to Worcestershire
Worcestershire
County Cricket Club, traditionally first stop on for the touring national side's schedule in England.[9] Formed officially in 1865, the Club initially played in Boughton Park, before moving to its current New Road ground, which today can host 5,500 spectators, in 1895. The Club has won five County Championships in its history, most recently in 1989.[10] Worcester
Worcester
Rugby Football Club, the Worcester
Worcester
Warriors, are the county's largest and most successful Rugby Union team, having been promoted to the Premiership in 2004. The Warriors were relegated to the RFU Championship
RFU Championship
in 2010 but rebounded back to the Premiership in 2011. Worcester
Worcester
Warriors play at the Sixways Stadium
Sixways Stadium
on the outskirts of Worcester, holding over 12,000 spectators, thus making it the largest stadium in the county. Sixways has hosted the final of the LV Cup on three occasions.[11] Culture[edit]

Classical composer Sir Edward Elgar
Edward Elgar
was born in this house in Broadheath, Worcestershire, currently used as the Elgar Birthplace Museum.

The village of Broadheath, about 6 miles (10 km) North-West of the city of Worcester, is the birthplace of the composer Edward Elgar. It is claimed that the county was the inspiration for The Shire, a region of J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional Middle-earth, described in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien was thought to have named Bilbo Baggins' house "Bag End" after his Aunt Jane's Worcestershire farm. Tolkien wrote of Worcestershire: "Any corner of that county (however fair or squalid) is in an indefinable way 'home' to me, as no other part of the world is."[12] Worcestershire
Worcestershire
is one of the three counties associated with the Border Morris style of English folk dancing. Worcestershire
Worcestershire
Monkey is a popular Border Morris
Border Morris
dance, although normally performed as a group of eight, it is sometimes danced en masse with multiple border morris sides performing the dance together.[13] Media[edit]

The Worcester
Worcester
station of BBC Hereford & Worcester.

BBC Hereford & Worcester, Free Radio and Sunshine Radio broadcast to both Herefordshire
Herefordshire
and Worcestershire. Signal 107
Signal 107
broadcasts to the north west of Worcestershire. Youthcomm Radio, a Community radio station, broadcasts to the city of Worcester. Birmingham-based radio stations such as BBC Radio WM
BBC Radio WM
have traditionally considered the bordering areas of Worcestershire
Worcestershire
as part of their broadcast area. The Birmingham-based West Midlands regional stations, such as Heart and Smooth Radio
Smooth Radio
regionals also cover much of the county. In 2007 the Office of Communications
Office of Communications
(Ofcom) awarded a DAB Digital Radio multiplex licence for Herefordshire
Herefordshire
& Worcestershire
Worcestershire
to MuxCo Ltd. who aimed to provide several new stations in 2009, while also providing a digital platform for Free Radio, Sunshine Radio and BBC Hereford & Worcester
Worcester
and area extensions to United Christian Broadcasters and the Highways Agency. This multiplex eventually launched in December 2013, carrying the three aforementioned local services. In 2008, MXR, who owned and operated the West Midlands regional DAB multiplex licence, improved coverage of DAB Digital Radio across other parts of the county to include Worcester
Worcester
and Malvern. Services that could be heard reasonably across much of Worcestershire included: Chill, Gold
Gold
(Birmingham), Magic Radio, Sunrise Radio, Traffic Radio (Midlands), BBC Radio WM, Xfm and Radio XL. However, this regional multiplex closed on 27 August 2013, reducing the number of services available in the county. A key factor behind this move was the industry-wide shift, supported by government, towards improving local and national DAB multiplexes. Economy[edit] This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Worcestershire
Worcestershire
at current basic prices published (pp. 240–253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added[14] Agriculture[15] Industry[16] Services[17]

1995 5,047 225 1,623 3,200

2000 6,679 159 2,002 4,518

2003 7,514 182 1,952 5,380

Industry and agriculture[edit]

Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
Worcestershire sauce
- the invention of two Worcester
Worcester
chemists

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.[citation needed] Worcester City's coat of arms includes three black pears, representing a now rare local pear variety, the Worcester
Worcester
Black Pear. The county's coat of arms follows this theme, having a pear tree with black pears. The apple variety known as Worcester
Worcester
Pearmain originates from Worcestershire, and the Pershore
Pershore
plum comes from the small Worcestershire
Worcestershire
town of that name, and is widely grown in that area. Worcestershire
Worcestershire
is also famous for a number of its non-agricultural products. The original Worcestershire
Worcestershire
sauce, a savoury condiment made by Lea and Perrins, is made in Worcester, and the now closed Royal Porcelain works was based in the city. The town of Malvern is the home of the Morgan traditional sports car. The painting, A Worcestershire Cottage by Arthur Claude Strachan is also of general renown. Education[edit] See also: List of schools in Worcestershire Worcestershire
Worcestershire
has a comprehensive school system with over thirty-five independent schools including the RGS Worcester, The King's School, Worcester, Malvern St James
Malvern St James
and Malvern College. State schools in Worcester, the Wyre Forest
Wyre Forest
District, and the Malvern Hills
Malvern Hills
District are two-tier primary schools and secondary schools whilst Redditch
Redditch
and Bromsgrove
Bromsgrove
have a three-tier system of first, middle and high schools. Several schools in the county provide Sixth-form education including two in the city of Worcester. Several vocational colleges provide GCSE and A-level courses and adult education, such as South Worcestershire College, and an agricultural campus of Warwickshire
Warwickshire
College in Pershore. There is also the University of Worcester, which is located in the city itself and is home to the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit and five other national research centres. Towns and villages[edit]

Due to its Cathedral (pictured), the county town of Worcester
Worcester
is the only settlement in the county with city status.

The county town and only city is Worcester. The other major settlements, Kidderminster, Bromsgrove
Bromsgrove
and Redditch
Redditch
are satellite towns of Birmingham. There are also several market towns: Malvern, Bewdley, Evesham, Droitwich
Droitwich
Spa, Pershore, Tenbury Wells, Stourport-on-Severn
Stourport-on-Severn
and Upton-upon-Severn. The village of Hartlebury housed the Bishop of Worcester
Worcester
from the 13th century until 2007. For a full list of settlements, see list of places in Worcestershire. See also: List of settlements in Worcestershire
Worcestershire
by population Places of interest[edit]

Key

Abbey/Priory/Cathedral

Accessible open space

Amusement/Theme Park

Castle

Country Park

English Heritage

Forestry Commission

Heritage railway

Historic House

Museum (free/not free)

National Trust

Theatre

Zoo

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings
Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings
Bewdley
Bewdley
– riverside historic Tudor town Broadway – a picturesque Cotswold village Croome Court
Croome Court
Elgar Birthplace Museum
Elgar Birthplace Museum
Forge Mill Needle Museum
Forge Mill Needle Museum
at Redditch, the only remaining working needle mill in the world. Great Malvern Priory
Malvern Priory
Greyfriars' House and Garden Hanbury Hall
Hanbury Hall
Hartlebury
Hartlebury
Castle Harvington Hall
Harvington Hall
Malvern Hills
Malvern Hills
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Middle Littleton Tithe Barn – a restored 13th-century tithe barn Morgan Cars – visitors centre and museum Pershore Abbey
Pershore Abbey
River Severn
River Severn
at Worcester
Worcester
and Bewdley, River Avon at Pershore
Pershore
or Evesham River Teme
River Teme
and valley Severn
Severn
Valley Railway at Kidderminster. Tenbury Wells
Tenbury Wells
with its unique Pump Rooms. The Commandery
The Commandery
The Fleece Inn
The Fleece Inn
– an ancient public house, now owned by the National Trust The Hive, Worcester
Worcester
– the new University and public library (opened in 2012) Wadborough Walton Hill
Walton Hill
and the Clent
Clent
Hills West Midlands Safari Park
West Midlands Safari Park
near Bewdley. Witley Court
Witley Court
at Great Witley
Great Witley
– a burnt-out shell of a large English stately home, famous for its gigantic fountain, now restored to working order. Currently run by English Heritage. Worcester
Worcester
and Birmingham
Birmingham
Canal Worcester
Worcester
Cathedral Worcestershire County Museum
Worcestershire County Museum
Worcester
Worcester
City Art Gallery & Museum Worcester
Worcester
Porcelain Museum

Local groups[edit]

Worcestershire
Worcestershire
Wildlife Trust 29th Regiment of Foot West Midland Bird Club

Condiments[edit]

Worcestershire
Worcestershire
sauce

See also[edit]

Healthcare in Worcestershire List of Lord Lieutenants of Worcestershire List of High Sheriffs of Worcestershire Custos Rotulorum of Worcestershire - List of Keepers of the Rolls Worcestershire (UK Parliament constituency)
Worcestershire (UK Parliament constituency)
- Historical list of MPs for Worcestershire
Worcestershire
constituency Evolution of Worcestershire
Worcestershire
county boundaries

References[edit] Notes[edit]

^ In 2001 part of the White Other category. New category created for the 2011 census ^ In 2001 part of the 'Other' category. New category created for the 2011 census

Citations[edit]

^ Rogers, Simon. (18 May 2011) The ethnic population of England
England
and Wales broken down by local authority News guardian.co.uk. Guardian. Retrieved on 17 July 2013. ^ Worcestershire
Worcestershire
County Council. " Worcestershire
Worcestershire
County Council".  ^ Bottled Waters of the World. Retrieved 9 August 2009 ^ "A History of Dudley". Localhistories.org. Retrieved 7 November 2012.  ^ "County Tops". Hill-bagging.co.uk. Retrieved 15 June 2013.  ^ "Learning Zone Class Clips - The course of the River Severn
River Severn
- from source to sea - Geography Video". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 15 June 2013.  ^ "NAAONB Website". Aonb.org.uk. Retrieved 15 June 2013.  ^ [1] ^ [2] ^ http://www.wccc.co.uk/assets/cricket/images/pdf/clubHistory-July-2013.pdf ^ [3] ^ Humphrey, C. 1977 Tolkien: A Biography New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-04-928037-6 ^ [4] Worcestershire
Worcestershire
Monkey , Wicket Brood website ^ Components may not sum to totals due to rounding ^ includes hunting and forestry ^ includes energy and construction ^ includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

Sources[edit]

"Spa Towns: Malvern" 27 October, retrieved 24 June 2006

External links[edit]

Wikisource
Wikisource
has the text of an Encyclopaedia Britannica
Encyclopaedia Britannica
(9th ed.) article about Worcestershire.

Media related to Worcestershire
Worcestershire
at Wikimedia Commons Worcestershire
Worcestershire
travel guide from Wikivoyage Worcestershire
Worcestershire
at Curlie (based on DMOZ) Worcester
Worcester
City Worcestershire County Council
Worcestershire County Council
main site

v t e

Ceremonial county
Ceremonial county
of Worcestershire

Boroughs or districts

Bromsgrove Malvern Hills Redditch Worcester Wychavon Wyre Forest

Major settlements

Bewdley Bromsgrove Droitwich
Droitwich
Spa Evesham Kidderminster Malvern Pershore Redditch Stourport-on-Severn Tenbury Wells Upton-upon-Severn Worcester See also: List of civil parishes in Worcestershire

Rivers

Arrow Avon Salwarpe Severn Stour Teme

Canals

Droitwich Staffordshire
Staffordshire
& Worcestershire Worcester
Worcester
& Birmingham

Topics

Flag Cotswolds Malvern Hills Museums Parliamentary constituencies Places Population of major settlements Schools History SSSIs Country Houses Grade I listed buildings Grade II* listed buildings Lord Lieutenants High Sheriffs

v t e

Districts of the West Midlands Region

Herefordshire

Herefordshire

Shropshire

Shropshire Telford and Wrekin

Staffordshire

Cannock Chase East Staffordshire Lichfield Newcastle-under-Lyme South Staffordshire Stafford Staffordshire
Staffordshire
Moorlands Stoke-on-Trent Tamworth

Warwickshire

North Warwickshire Nuneaton and Bedworth Rugby Stratford-on-Avon Warwick

West Midlands

Birmingham Coventry Dudley Sandwell Solihull Walsall Wolverhampton

Worcestershire

Bromsgrove Malvern Hills Redditch Worcester Wychavon Wyre Forest

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Coordinates: 52°12′N 2°10′W / 52.200°N 2.167°W / 52

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