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Worcestershire

Overlooked by many a travel writer, Worcestershire has many secret treasures. Bounded by The Malvern and Cotswold Hills and bisected by the River Severn the county is quite beautiful and its fields stretch golden and calm; it is peopled with cottages, brimming with picturesque market towns and is ripe with fruit. The county is bordered by Shropshire, Staffordshire and West Midlands in the north, Warwickshire in the east, Gloucestershire in the south and Herefordshire in the west. The hilly, wooded region in the north west is the remains of the once mighty Wyre Forest. Since the industrial revolution, the Clent and Lickey Hills have provided the north-eastern barrier that 'sheltered' the county from the urban environment of the Black Country and the City of Birmingham and, indeed, continue to do so. As a Black Country cyclist, I have to climb over this ridge to access Worcestershire, a journey I have undertaken many thousands of times as this is great cycling territory - with some excellent pubs! At 991 feet, Bredon Hill is close to the southern border of the county. In the centre is the fertile vale of the Severn and is eventually joined by the Avon which winds through the wooded vale of Evesham.

Founded in 680AD and located on the River Severn, the cathedral city of Worcester is the county town of Worcestershire. The region was converted to Christianity in that century by missionaries from Lindisfarne and Whitby. The Abbey of Evesham soon followed and was founded in the beginning of the 8th century. The monasteries had to be fortified in defence against raiders. The Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Danes and Welsh have all contributed to the turbulent history of Worcester. The first real shindig was in 1041 when the city was razed to the ground by Hardicanute in revenge for a revolt by the townsfolk against taxes. The English Civil War inflicted terrible damage to Worcester. It was the first city to declare for the King and the last to surrender in 1646. In 1651 Cromwell's 'crowning mercy' was the final battle at Worcester when Charles II was completely defeated and had to flee for his life. Following the war, non-conformism became prevalent and Quakerism abounded.

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The hills of the county form spectacular backdrops - The Malverns and the Clent Hills being the most famous. The Wyre Forest was once a royal hunting forest and still covers an extensive area of mixed heath, scrub and woodland. Monuments and buildings include Worcester Cathedral, much of which dates from the fourteenth century, although it was in 1084 that the Saxon Monk Wulfstan began work on the building. Bretforton Manor is a 16th century gabled mansion built on the site of a ruined monastery. Hartlebury Castle was the residence of the Bishops of Worcester for more than 1,000 years. Pershore Abbey followed when King Ethelred endowed a monastery on the site in AD689. Hanbury Hall is an attractive William and Mary house with re-created 18th century gardens. The house was built in 1701 by William Rudhall for the distinguished barrister, Thomas Vernon [1654-1721], who was, for many years, a Member of Parliament for the City of Worcester.

Some of the famous people born in Worcestershire include A. E. Housman [1859-1936], the scholar and poet who wrote 'A Shropshire Lad.' He was born in 1859 at Fockbury just outside Bournheath. The composer Edward Elgar [1857-1934] was born in Lower Broadheath near Worcester. He is best known for the 'Enigma Variations' [1899] and the march 'Pomp and Circumstance' [1901]. Famous People who have lived in Worcestershire include Lucien Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon, who lived in exile at Thorngrove for a short time. Mrs.Woodhul-Martin, once the only woman to contend for the Presidency of the USA, once lived at Norton Park.

1814 Map by John Cary in his "Traveller's Companion"

Worcestershire in the 1868 National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"Worcestershire, an inland county in the Western Midland district of England, near the Welsh border, bounded on the west by Herefordshire, on the south and south-east by Gloucestershire, on the east and north-east by Warwickshire, on the north by Staffordshire, and on the north-west by Shropshire, which entirely surrounds a small detached portion. It extends from 52° 0' to 62° 30' N. lat., and from 2° 14' to 3° 0' W. long., being 35 miles in length from north to south, and 40 miles in extreme breadth, but the average does not exceed 17 miles. It is irregular in outline, having a circuit of about 220 miles, with 9 detached pieces. It contains 472,165 statute acres, of which about two-thirds are arable, and 100,000 acres in pasture and meadow; the waste lands not exceeding 20,000 acres at the utmost.

When viewed from the Malvern Hills on the Herefordshire border, which is the highest point in the county, the surface presents the appearance of one vast, fertile plain, two-thirds of which lie to the E. of the Severn, and is varied chiefly by the vales of Worcester and Evesham, the former stretching north and south for at least 30 miles, and the latter, watered by the Avon, occupies the south-eastern part of the county. In the earliest historical period it was inhabited by the British tribes, Cornavii and Dobuni, neighbours of the Silures, and under the Roman dominion formed part of the Flavia Caesariezsis.

There are traces of the Roman roads called Upper Saltway and Rycknield Street, which traversed the county, but being then for the most part low and woody, it received but little attention from the Romans. On the complete conquest of the island by the Saxons, it was occupied by the powerful tribe of the Wicking, or Hwickians, who at first established a separate commonwealth, but soon came under the Kings of the Mercians, or Middle English. The Saxons soon discovered the advantages of this county for agricultural pursuits, and reduced the whole of the surface under cultivation.

In the 9th and 10th centuries it suffered from the predatory incursions of the Danes, but was at an early period very populous, as implied by the comparatively small size of the county, and its extending on both banks of the Severn, then evidently spanned by bridges. In the reign of Henry III. it was the scene of the battle of Evesham, in which Simon de Montfort and the Barons were overthrown by Prince Edward, afterwards Edward I. During the civil war of Charles I. it was the scene of many stirring incidents, and at Worcester, on the 3rd of September, 1651, Oliver Cromwell routed the Scotch army under Prince Charles.

The land is rich, varied in hill and dale, and well wooded and watered. The extensive vales, particularly that of Worcester, extending through it from north to south, a distance of about 30 miles, and from a quarter of a mile to a mile in breadth, consist of meadows and pastures of rich quality, which may be mown at pleasure; other large tracts are in hop-grounds and orchards, for which the county has been long famous. The quantity of cider and perry made is sufficient not only for domestic consumption, but for exportation to other parts of the kingdom, together with quantities of raw fruit.

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In various parts of the county are tracts of oak and ash timber, with numerous oak coppices, and many of the heights bordering the Severn are ornamented with plantations of fir. The hedge-rows, too, are stocked with valuable elm timber. The most important produce of the underwoods, which are supposed to be the remains of the ancient forest with which this county was once covered, are poles for the hop-yards and charcoal for the iron-works.

Of the hilly wastes the principal are the upper parts of the Malvern Hills, with the Worcestershire Beacon on the S.W., which are the highest points in the county, rising to the height of 1,444 feet above sea level, or 1,313 above the Severn; and in a line north from them are the Abberley hills, with the Lickey and Clent hills in the eastern, and the Bredon hills in the southern part of the county, being offshoots of the Cotswolds, the summits of which are unenclosed, affording only rocky sheep-walks. The Malvern and Lickey hills are of igneous origin, consisting of granite, sienite, and greenstone, intermixed with quartz.

The precipitous swells of Bromsgrove Lickey are composed chiefly of quartz, and the Cawney and Tansley hills chiefly of basalt. The hills to the north of Dudley consist of mountain limestone of the lias formation, which forms the substratum of nearly the whole south-eastern portion of the county. The remainder of the county, including the extensive vales of Worcester and Evesham, belongs mostly to the New Red sandstone formation, called triassic. In the north-west is the Bewdley coal basin, and in the north the Dudley basin, at which latter place are likewise beds of ironstone.

In the vale of Evesham, in the parishes of Badsey, the three Littletons, and Prior's Cleeve, are quarries of a calcareous flagstone, capable of receiving a high polish; freestone for building is obtained in various places; and the limestone hills upon which stand the castle and part of the town of Dudley are completely undermined by quarries, in which the rare fossil called the sea-louse, or Dudley locust, is found. Common rock salt, and a species of gypsum, occur near Droitwich and Stoke Prior, famed for their brine springs, which are 80 feet down; and at Stourbridge is fine clay for crucibles, and sand for glass.

The soil in the vale is fertile, and in parts alluvial, consisting of a deep rich sediment, which has been deposited by floods during a long series of ages. In the middle, southern, and western districts, the soil is chiefly a rich clay or loam, but in the north a rich loamy sand, and in the east there are some light soils. Brick earth is found nearly everywhere, and clay for fire-bricks, chiefly in the northern part of the county. The mines employ about 2,000 persons, the produce consisting of coals, iron, and salt.

In the rivers salmon, grayling, shad, and lampreys abound. The principal river, the Severn, traverses the county from north to south by Bewdley, Stourport, Worcester, and Upton, to Tewkesbury, where is the last of a series of locks. It is navigable for vessels of 80 tons as high as Worcester, and of 60 tons as high as Bewdley, or 180 miles from the sea. Its tributaries are the Stour in the north, which is canalized throughout, the Warwickshire Avon in the south, which is navigable from Stratford-on-Avon, and receives the waters of the Piddle, the Teme in the west, and the Salwarpe and Leadon or Leddon.

The canals are important, connecting the Severn with the other English rivers, including the Staffordshire and Worcester, which communicates with the Grand Trunk by the Stour; the Dudley, which goes from Birmingham, northwards by Dudley to Stourbridge; the Worcester and Birmingham, which traverses the county in a north-easterly direction, and joins the Birmingham and Stafford; the Droitwich, which connects that town with the Severn; an the Leominster and Kingston canal, in the western part of the county.

There are mineral spas at Malvern, where is a hydropathic establishment, Abberton, Bromsgrove, Churchill, Dudley, Evesham, Tenbury, and a chalybeate spring at Kidderminster. The climate is mild and healthy, even on the Malverns, but on the eastern hills it is colder. Branches of the Midland and West Midland railways traverse the county; the former, which is part of the Birmingham and Bristol line, passes by Bromsgrove and Worcester, and the latter, which takes a circuitous route through the county, passes by Evesham, Worcester, Droitwich, Kidderminster, and Stourbridge, to Dudley; and about 8 miles of the tram railway from Stratford to Moreton, go by Alderminster and Eatington.

The main lines of road from Worcester are, that by Pershore and Evesham to Shipston-on-Stour, that down the valley of the Severn, by Upton and Tewkesbury, to Gloucester, that by Powick and Great Malvern to Ledbury, that by Droitwich and Bromsgrove to Birmingham, that by Spetchley and Kington to Stratford, and another up the valley of the Severn, by Stourport and Kidderminster, to Stourbridge.

The northern part of the county is the chief seat of the hardware and iron manufactures, which are the most flourishing, employing together above 10,000 hands, chiefly at Dudley, Stourbridge, Old Swinford, Wolverley, Cradley, Belbroughton, Bewdley, Hartlebury, King's Norton, Redditch, Feckenham, etc., the last two named places being the seats of the needle and fish-hook manufactures. Other manufactures are those of carpets and rugs at Kidderminster, employing 1,500 hands; porcelain and gloves at Worcester, the former employing 500, and the latter 2,000 hands; glass at Dudley and Stourbridge, employing 400; besides woollens, worsteds, bombazines, silk, ribbons, plush, coach lace, and horsehair, employing together 2,000 persons, chiefly at Bromsgrove and Kidderminster.

There are salt-works, breweries, maltings, tanneries, coke-ovens, alkali, vitriol, and vinegar works, paper mills, horn factories for making combs and lanterns, and several minor branches of industry. For purposes of civil government the shire is divided into East and West Worcestershire, each returning two members to Parliament; and since 1831 into ten divisions, viz:, Worcester, Kidderminster, Hundred House, and Upton, in West Worcestershire; and Blockley, Droitwich, Dudley, Northfield, Pershore, and Stourbridge, in East Worcestershire, instead of the five ancient hundreds of Blackenhurst, Doddingtree, Halfshire, Osbaldstow, and Pershore.

Its capital is Worcester, a cathedral city, assize town, and parliamentary borough, returning two members, and containing a population of 31,227. The other boroughs are Bewdley, Droitwich, Dudley, Evesham, Kidderminster, and Stourbridge, each returning one member to parliament; also 13 market towns, and about 300 villages and hamlets. There are 286 townships and 197 parishes, besides 8 extra parochial places. In the ecclesiastical arrangement it belongs to the dioceses of Worcester and Hereford, in the province of Canterbury. It is governed by a Lord-Lieutenant, custos rotulorum, high sheriff; and 40 deputy-lieutenants, assisted by about 300 magistrates.

The shire is within the Oxford circuit and Midland military district, and belongs to the jurisdiction of the Birmingham Court of Bankruptcy. The population of the whole county in 1861 was 307,397, viz:, 186,431 within the eastern, and 120,966 in the western division, of whom about a third are resident in Worcester, Dudley, Kidderminster, Bromsgrove, Evesham, and Redditch. The remains of antiquity are not numerous, the principal being those of the Roman station Saline, now Droitwich; of Bredon Hill, Witchbury and Kemsey Roman camps; a British barrow on Clent Heath, and a Danish camp at Conderton, near Witchbury. There are ruins of abbeys at Bordesley and Evesham, and of religious houses at Dodford, Dudley, and Coles Hill."

Wych Pass at Malvern [c.1906]

Brewery Poster for Robert Allen's Brewery at Barbourne in Worcester

Pubs in Kelly's 1896 Trade Directory

Acorn, Frederick Overton, 31 John Street, Dudley
Admiral Rodney, J. Tyson, Berrow Green, Martley
Albion Inn, Thomas Price Epps, Bath Rd, Worcester
Albion Inn, Mrs. Sarah Green, 15 Stone St, Dudley
Albion, Robert Jones, 15 Freeth Street, Oldbury
Albion, Samuel Thomas, 37 Broad St, Kidderminster
Alma, William Martin Bird, Mill Street, Worcester
Alma, Fanny Cowell, Habberley St. Kidderminster
Alma, Frederick Harley, 91 Hall Street, Dudley
Alma, Josiah Rice, Droitwich Road, Worcester
Alma, Charles Souch, 10 Lowesmoor, Worcester
Anchor Inn, C. Edwards, High St., Upton-on-Severn
Anchor, Mrs Mary Ann Foster, Fladbury., Pershore
Anchor, George Freeman, 7 Welchgate, Bewdley
Anchor Inn, Joseph Hodgetts, Wyre Piddle
Anchor Inn, John Jordan, Waste Bank, Lye
Anchor, Elizabeth Lowe, Gorsty Hill, Halesowen
Anchor Inn, Hannah Mason, Diglis Road, Worcester
Angel Inn, Thos. Clarke Barnes, High St, Pershore
Angel, Alice Cole Cooper, 76 Load St, Bewdley
Angel inn, George Farley, 12 St. John's, Worcester
Angel Inn, E. Fennell, 79 Port Street, Bengeworth
Angel, William Hale, 10 Worcester St., Kidderminster
Angel Inn, Elizabeth Hyde, 61 Sidbury, Worcester
Angel, Walter Osborne, 9 Castle Street, Dudley
Angel, Thomas Pagett, 37 Coventry St., Stourbridge
Anvil Inn, Jeremiah Brooks, Talbot Square, Lye
Apple Tree, Mrs Elizabeth Barnsley, Oldbury
Arboretum, Edward Tilbrook, 53 Northfield Street
Ashley Hotel, G. A. White, Long Lane, Blackheath
Barbourne Inn, Robert Allen, 18 New Bank Street
Barley Mow, Mary Ann Coates, Dunn's Lane Upton
Barley Mow, Eliza Hornidge, 91 Sidbury, Worcester
Barley Mow, J Teague, Bewdley St., Kidderminster
Barley Mow,  David Wells, Hanbury St., Droitwich
Barley Mow, J Whitehouse, Const. Hill, Dudley
Barley Mow, John Wilcox, High Street, Wollaston
Barrel Inn, William Ford, High Street, Dudley
Barrel, Samuel Bridge, Causeway Green, Oldbury
Baths Restaurant, Queen Street, Droitwich
Bay Horse, William Drew, Hartlebury, Stourport
Bay Horse, Matthew Goddard, Kidderminster
Bear, William Bayley, 61 Port Street, Bengeworth
Bear, William Thomas, St. John's Worcester
Bear & Ragged Staff, George Grainger, Powick
Beauchamp Arms, John Bennett & Co. Limited
Bee Hive, Herbert Jones, Tallow Hill, Worcester
Bee Hive, John Weeks, 88 Stafford Street, Dudley
Bee Hive Inn, Benj. Withers, Spring Hill, Halesowen
Beefeater's Arms, J. Parrock, Union Street, Lye
Bell, John Hemming Barker, 46 High St, Bromsgrove
Bell, J Bartlett, Evenlode, Moreton-in-the-Marsh
Bell, Sydney Brookes, Cropthorne, Pershore
Bell Inn, Mrs. Lydia Collett, Lion Hill, Stourport
Bell, Mrs E. Cross, Lwr. Broadheath, North Hallow
Bell, Edward Slack Denley, Eckington, Pershore
Bell Inn, Daniel Fereday. 179 High Street, Dudley
Bell Inn, Fredk George Fox, Bell End, Stourbridge
Bell Inn, Mrs. Mary A. Good, Hanley Child, Tenbury
Bell, S. J. Griffiths, 15 Cradley Road, Netherton
Bell Inn, William Hadley, 10 Round's Green, Oldbury
Bell, Mrs. Ellen Harris, Rood End Road, Oldbury
Bell Inn, Mrs. Louisa Mason, Market Street, Tenbury
Bell Inn, Henry Pullen Neath, Pensax, Tenbury
Bell Inn, Wm. Oakley, New St. Upton-on-Severn
Bell Inn, James Osborn, Blockley, S.O.
Bell Inn, R. Rhodes, Belmont Road, Lye
Bell Inn, Joseph Tipping, Alderminster
Bell, John Ward, 96 Coventry Street, Kidderminster
Bell, Thomas Yarnold, 52 St. John's, Worcester
Bell Inn, Henry Young. 11 Britten Street, Redditch
Belle Vue, Jos. Maiden, 76 George St, Kidderminster
Bellman's Cross Inn, George Martin, Shatterford
Berkeley Arms, H. T. Bond, White Ladies Aston
Berkeley Arms, Saml Cookson. Bank St., Worcester
Bird-in-Hand, John Aston, 82 Chapel St, Netherton
Bird-in-Hand, H. Bowater, St Andrew's St, Neth'ton
Bird-in-Hand, Samuel Bunn, 6 New St, Dudley
Bird-in-Hand, Wm Burford, Hawbridge, Stoulton
Bird-in-Hand, Josiah Carpenter, Pensax
Bird-in-Hand, Benj Chance, Stambermill, Stourbridge
Bird-in-Hand, Louisa Farmer, Canal Side, Stourport
Bird-in-Hand, Hy. R. Gale, Queen St., Kidderminster
Bird-in-Hand, Arthur Hemmings, Newbold-on-Stour
Bird-in-Hand, C. Morton, The Cross, Worcester
Bird-in-Hand, Wm. Nickless, Round's Green Oldbury
Bird-in-Hand, J. Oliver, High Street, Kate's Hill Dudley
Bird-in-Hand, P. Thornton, Simpson Street, Oldbury
Bishop Blaize, Geo. Cooper, Dudley St, Kidderminster
Black Bear, Wm Nichols, High St, Shipston-on-Stour
Black Boy, John James, 50 Wyre Hill, Bewdley
Black Boy, H. Thould, New St, Upton-on-Severn
Black Bull, Keturah Mason, Swan St., Kidderminster
Black Horse, Alfred Cotton, Mill Street, Kidderminster
Black Horse, Thomas Haden, 147 High Street, Dudley
Black Horse, W. Harrison, Shipston-on-Stour
Black Horse, Mrs Mary Pettifer, Lapal, Quinton
Black Horse, Ernest Styche, 17 Lowesmoor
Black Star Inn, John Fisher, Kidderminster
Black Star, Elizabeth Gittins, Mitton Street, Stourport
Black Swan, Maria Hickton, High Street, Cradley
Bliss Gate Inn, Benjamin Seager, Rock S.O.
Blue Ball, James Hartland, Dudley Road, Brades
Blue Ball, Phoebe Tandy, Ball Lane, Cradley
Blue Bell, William Brice, 75 Hurcott Rd., Kidderminster
Blue Bell, James Copson, Pole Elm, Powick
Blue Bell, James Hull, Ryall, Earl's Croome
Blue Boar, Eliza Marsh, 27 Stone Street, Dudley
Blue Gate, John Mason, 58 Church Street, Dudley
Boar's Head, Sarah Davies, Severn Stoke
Boar's Head, Henry Evans, 14 Newport Street
Board, William Jones, 223 Market Place, Dudley
Boat Inn, Emma Brewer, Kidderminster
Boat Inn, William Devenport, Bumble Hole
Boat Inn, John Alfred Goodyere, Stoke Works
Boat Inn, Wm Morgan, 304 Birchfield Lane, Oldbury
Boat Inn, Geo Owins, 26 Lowesmoor, Worcester
Boat, Thomas Shaw, Tat Bank Road, Oldbury
Boot Inn. Mrs. Keziah Clarke. Flyford Flavel
Bottle-in-Hand, Thomas Preece, 84 Dudley Street
Bowling Green, William Turner, Hadley. Droitwich
Brewers' Arms, James Fellows, Fisher St., Dudley
Bricklayers' Arms, H. Downing, 13 Church Bridge
Bricklayers' Arms, R. KIrby, 46 Chapel St., Netherton
Brickmakers' Arms, T. H. Brook, Dudley Rd, Lve
Brickmakers' Arms, Mrs. Ann Kerry, 15 Pedmore Rd
Bridge Inn, Nelson Cook, Ferry, Offenham, Evesham
Bridge Inn, Geo Fanshawe, Enville Street, Stourbridge
Bridge Inn, David Harper, Lowesmoor Terrace
Bridge Inn, George Jones, 3 Bridge St, Worcester
Bridge Inn, John Thompson, 69 Stone Street, Oldbury
Bridge Inn, Arthur Tunkiss, Bridge Street, Stourport
Bridge. Harry Watts, Bridge Street, Cradley
Britannia, Job Allen, 96 Hall Street, Dudley
Britannia, E. Bywater, 60 Northfield Road, Netherton
Britannia, James Higgs, 35 Coventry St., Stourbridge
Britannia, T. Lawrence, High Street, Wollaston
Britannia, Thos Thomas, 18 Queen's Cross, Dudley
British Arms, Thomas Rowley, Furlong Lane, Cradley
British Lion, Harry Hadley, Talbot Street, Oldbury
British Oak, George Guy, 9 Cross Street, Dudley
British Oak, E. R. Prince, Sweet Turf, Netherton
British Oak, J. Warby, 5 Oak Street, Darby End
British Queen, John Jordan, Birmingham Rd., Oldbury
Broadwaters Inn, C. Nicholls, Wolverley
Bromley Arms, Thomas Bishop, Abberley, Stourport
Brown Lion, Mark Gibbs, 84 Bham St, Oldbury
Brown Lion, John Hartle, 241 Market Place, Dudley
Brunswick Arms, Francis Osborn, St John's
Builders' Arms, S. Sturges Sadler, Oldbury
Bull, James Anderson, Fernhill Heath
Bull's Head, Sarah Adams, Overend, Cradley
Bull's Head, Cath Baker, Birmingham Street, Oldbury
Bull's Head, Mary Cook, Pedmore Road, Lye
Bull's Head, W. Gough, High Street, Wollaston
Bull's Head, Maria Grey, Inkberrow
Bull's Head, Benjamin Hall, Stone Street, Dudley
Bull's Head, Thomas Jennings, Cookley
Bull's Head, J. P. Mansell, Windmill End, Netherton
Bull's Head, Alfred Micklewright, Halesowen
Bull's Head, Allan Plummer, Hall Street, Dudley
Bull's Head, William Prosser, 32 High St., Worcester
Bull's Head, Mary Wassell, 19 St John St., Netherton
Bullfields, Mrs S. Bennett, Windmill End, Netherton
Bush Inn, Jonah Evans, 65 Dixon's Green, Dudley
Bush Inn, William Joyner, Bull Ring St., Worcester
Butcher's Arms, Henry Robinson, Shambles Worcs
Button Oak, H. Starkey, Button Oak, Bewdley
California, J. Lloyd, 13 George Street, Kate's Hill
Camphouse, William Potter, Grimley
Cape of Good Hope, Henry Hall, Kidderminster
Car & Horses, F. Underwood, Market St., Stourbridge
Carpenters' Arms. W. Copson, Spring Gardens
Castle Inn, Wm. Clarke, Park Lane, Kidderminster
Castle Hotel, Joseph Golcher, Castle Street, Dudley
Castle, Samson Smart, High Street, Netherton
Castle and Falcon, G. Whittock, Wolv St., Dudley
Castle & Wheelbarrow, Charles Burford, Radford
Cathedral Vaults, Thomas Radford, College Street
Central Hotel, High Street, Kidderminster
Chemical Inn, Alfred Slim, 5 Park Lane, Oldbury
Chequers, Albert Handy, Fladbury
Chequers, George Hyde, High Street, Pershore
Chequers, Henry Kelley, High Street, Stourbridge
Chequers, Frank Trow, Elmley Lovett
Chequers, Joseph Yeates, Hylton Rd, St. John's
Chester Tavern, George Coates, 42 Chester Road
Chestnut Tree Inn, James Turvey, Worcester
City Arms, Alfred Link, Church Street, Worcester
Clarendon, Frederick Cartwright, Kidderminster
Cliffe's Arms, Charles Edwin Salt, Matham
Coach & Horses, Edward Bennett, Harvington
Coach & Horses, George Bower, Bromsgrove
Coach & Horses, James Evans, Wribbenhall
Coach & Horses, Eliza Frowen, Spring Mire, Dudley
Coach & Horses, Henry Griffin, Shambles, Worcester
Coach & Horses, Albert Edwin Hawthorne, Dudley
Coach & Horses, Thomas Higgs, High St., Stourbridge
Coach & Horses, Arthur Lloyd, 42 King Street, Dudley
Coach & Horses, C. R. Mitchell, Mill St., Kidderminster
Coach & Horses, William Roberts, Broadway
Coach & Horses, Samuel Share, Holly Hall, Dudley
Coach & Horses, James Shaw, Upper Tything
Coach and Horses, Weatheroak Hill
Cock Inn, R. M. Giles, 47 Tybridge Street, St John's
Cock, Mrs. Edith Raybould, Rubery Hill, Barnt Green
Cock & Magpie, Mrs. H. Ainsworth, S.Side, Bewdley
Colliers' Arms, S. Dunn, 61 Chapel St., Netherton
Cookley Arms, Mrs. H. Broom, Stourbridge St., Kidd.
Copcut Elm, William N. Hughes, Salwarpe, Droitwich
Corn Exchange, Mrs. J. L. Bennett, Kidderminster
Corn Exchange Vaults, Miss S. Richards, Stourbridge
Cottage Inn, James Warr Junior, Oldswinford
Cottage Spring, John Eley, Bridgnorth Rd., Wollaston
Cottage Spring, W. Gower, 12 High Streete, Netherton
Cottage Spring, T. Sidaway, Bowling Green, Netherton
Court House Inn, Mrs. M. A. Pearson, New St., Dudley
Coventry Arms, Henry Jones, Pinvin, Pershore
Coventry Arms, Alfred Henry Knott, Powick, Worcester
Coventry Arms, Mrs. S. Phelph, 3 Friar St., Worcester
Crab Mill Inn, F. T. James, Oldswinford, Stourbridge
Crab Mill, Chas. Turner, Birmingham Rd. Bromsgrove
Cricketers' Arms, Geo. Savage, Beoley Rd, Redditch
George Inn, Sarah Whitmore, Wyre Piddle
Horse and Jockey Inn, Inkford
Junction Inn, Netherton
Manor Arms, Thomas Bishop, Abberley, Stourport
Old Bell Inn
Pack Horse Inn, Hollywood
Pack Horse Inn, Netherton
Swan Inn, Drakes Cross
Trust to Providence, Netherton
Virgin Tavern - Claines and Worcester
West Midland Arms - Worcester
White Swan Inn, Drakes Cross
Why Not Inn, Cradley
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