shortened to Stourport, is a town and civil parish in
the Wyre Forest
District of north Worcestershire, England, a few miles
to the south of Kidderminster.
Stourport lies on the River Severn
, and at the time of the 2001
had a population of 19,713.
In 2006 Stourport-on-Severn was granted Fairtrade Town
History and Early Growth
Map of Stourport, 1942
Before the creation of the new port town of Stourport-on-Severn,
the hamlet now engulfed by the development of the basins
called Lower Mitton
The name Stourport-on-Severn is derived from the
by the River Stour, on
, the confluence
of the Stour and the Severn is next to
the basins area behind what was the Bond Worth carpet
completion of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire
Canal, in 1772, it consisted of two small communities,
Upper and Lower Mitton at the junction of the River Severn and the River
The town of Stourport grew up around the
canal basins and the locks between the canal and the river, and for
150 years was the principal location for the trans-shipment of
goods from the canal boats into the river-going craft called Severn
. The central district of the town
supported boat and barge building, foundries and carpet
trade suffered badly with the construction of the Worcester &
Birmingham Canal, completed in 1815.
The new railways also
further reduced the canal trade. Stourport suffered an economic
decline. The new town that expanded so rapidly after 1770 was
already virtually defunct in the early 1800s.
locally was used by a declining number of companies and by the
1940s only two companies used it to any extent, Royal Worcester Porcelain for coal and
Cadbury of Bournville for chocolate crumb.
The church of St Michael and All Angels was designed by Sir
George Gilbert Scott
shortly before his death. Building work started in 1881 under his
son, John Oldrid Scott
, but was
never finished. Scott's building has been partly demolished to be
replaced by a new church. The George Gilbert Scott church replaced
an earlier brick church of 1782 by James Rose.
is part of the Wyre Forest District, but has its own town council.
is in the Wyre Forest parliamentary
The current MP is Dr Richard Taylor
representing the Independent
Kidderminster Hospital and Health Concern
Redefinition and Redevelopment
late 19th century, Stourport became a popular summer destination
for the industrial workers of the West Midlands
conurbation, who came for its riverside pleasure parks, boat
trips, and caravan parks.
Since the end of the Second World War
, and the nationalisation of
the canal system Stourport has been in steady decline. However the
growth in leisure boating and canal barge ownership and holidays
has seen the revitalisation of the central canal basins. More is
hoped for and planned as the architecture of the old streets,
storehouses and buildings is impressive and valuable. Bridge
Street, High Street, York Street and New Street all consist of
lovely architecture, but are currently suffering from a lack of
investment. The redevelopment of older buildings and the
regeneration of these streets and communities is vital.
housebuilding away from the town centre has taken place since the
1920s, around the main roads which link the town with Kidderminster, Worcester and Bewdley.
primary schools have also been built, as well as the town's
secondary school - The Stourport High School & VIth Form
- Alfred Baldwin, the
father of Stanley Baldwin, Prime Minister was born on 4 June 1841 in
Lombard Street. He later became MP for Bewdley, he was owner
of the foundry at the end Lombard Street which is now the site of
the County Buildings containing the Library, Health Centre, Police
Station and Coroners Court. He also became
Chairman of the Great Western
- George Nicholson,
settled in Stourport in 1808, until his death in 1825. He was a
nationally known printer of the time. His printing press was at 15
Bridge Street, on the corner of Raven Street, and his premises are
a listed building.
- Philip Elsmore, Thames Television's most recognizable
continuity announcer, was born in Stourport.
- Clifford T. Ward, singer-songwriter, was born 1944 in
- Ashley Hames, presenter and
- Ray Thomas, singer, composer and
flautist for the Moody Blues.
is twinned with the commune of
Villeneuve-le-Roi, in Paris France.
Mitton Street is the well tended twin town garden.
The local rowing
club is Stourport Boat
Stourport Boat Club was founded in 1876, when Boating was the main
pastime, which is the primary reason why it is still known as a
Boat Club, and not a Rowing Club.
The club caters for a wide range of ages from 11+. The club has a
very strong Junior section (Under 18), a very competitive Senior
section (18+) and a healthy Veteran section (30+). The 2 day
Regatta held every year in August attracts over 600 crews from all
over the country to compete. The event attracts many spectators and
supporters and 3000 visitors are catered for over the weekend.Ben
Adams is the current club captain.
football club is Stourport
The local hockey
club is Stourport Hockey
Stourport Hockey Club have been playing National League Hockey
since the inception of the National League, and run 7 men's teams,
4 ladies teams, and have a huge Junior membership involved in boys
and girls hockey at U11, U13, U15, U18 and Badgers Leagues.
Offering great hockey and an active social calendar for members of
any age or ability.
Early May sees the Arley to
Stourport Raft Race
run by the Lions Club in aid of local
charities. Rafts fall into various classes, some competing just for
fun, and others such as the Super Rafts intent of the fastest
possible time. It runs along 8 miles of the River Severn through some beautiful countryside
and passing through Bewdley at about half way.
First weekend of September is Stourport Carnival which as well as a
land parade has a river parade during the day and after dark
another river parade with the boats decked out in lights.
- Census 2001
- The Buildings of England: Worcestershire, Nikolaus
Pevsner, 1968 Penguin. p271