Worcestershire place-names

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By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-06-19. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2020-05-17.


County description

The Historic Counties Trust describes Worcestershire as follows:

Worcestershire is a mixture of the very rural and the very urban. It is low-lying; much of it lies in the Severn Valley, between Shropshire and Gloucestershire. To the east is Warwickshire and to the west Herefordshire. The boundaries of Worcestershire are remarkably ragged, with many detached parts, all thought to originate from the scattered holdings of the Bishops of Worcester. In the centre of the shire is the cathedral city of Worcester. Worcester sits on the River Severn. It retains charming streets around the cathedral. In the southeast is the pleasant Vale of Evesham, presided over by Evesham, popular with visitors. In the southwest are the pretty Malvern Hills, a gentle set of hills in Worcestershire before the rigours of the Herefordshire peaks. Great Malvern is a lovely spa town. The northwest of Worcestershire is a complete contrast. Here is a coal country and part of the Black Country is in Worcestershire, including Dudley, a detached part. Outside the Black Country itself are quieter towns more or less absorbed within the same unbroken townscape; Halesowen and Stourbridge. Yardley, a north-western extremity of Worcestershire has long since been absorbed into Birmingham. Outside the cityscape though there remain havens of peace in the Clent Hills and the Lickey Hills. Redditch, to the south, is a puzzling New Town.

Main Towns: Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Dudley, Evesham, Great Malvern, Kidderminster, Pershore, Redditch, Stourbridge.
Main Rivers: Stour, Severn, Terne, Avon.
Highlights: Bourneville; Broadway; Malvern Hills; Severn Valley Railway; Worcester Cathedral.
Highest Point: Worcestershire Beacon, 425.2 m.
Area: 1911.41 km2.[1]


List and Gazetters




  1. The Historic Counties Trust has kindly allowed me to quote its county descriptions in toto. I have converted square miles to km2 and feet to meters.