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Stourbridge town guide


Located on the western fringe of Birmingham, Stourbridge is a town that has always looked to the countryside even though it has an industrial core. Within the older part of the town are many fine Victorian buildings and homes.

As its name implies the town's existence reflects the relative ease with which a bridge could be thrown across the River Stour many centuries ago. With increasing industrialisation of what became known as the Black Country, Stourbridge ceased to be a woollen town and became a town devoted to the manufacture of many different types of goods.

The opening of the Stourbridge Canal saw the opportunities for trade increase, a situation that was further by the coming of the railways. It is probably not well known in England that the first railway locomotive to operate in the United States of America was built in Stourbridge by Foster, Rasterick & Co in 1829. The actual locomotive is on display B&O Railroad Museum, on loan from the Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC.

The visitor who wishes to venture further out of the town, perhaps by hire car will find a wealth of attractions in the immediate area. Kidderminster is a delightful town and home to the Severn Valley Railway, one of the longest and finest preserved railways in England.

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