Visit Kidderminster and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Kidderminster, Worcestershire. This great carpet-manufacturing centre on the River Stour lies on the north-west fringe of the county, 17 miles from Birmingham and 15 miles from Worcester. Flemish weavers gave Kidderminster a certain prosperity between the 13th and 14th centuries and in the 18th century the foundations of its carpet industry were laid. John Broom speculated three fortunes on improving his hand-loom and by 1735 Pearsall had built the first factory. Architecturally, the most interesting building is the late medieval, red-sandstone church. The building is rich in fine monuments with an exceptional brass dated 1415 to the memory of two warriors, the richer armour and scabbard denoting the knight, Sir John Phelip, and the plainer armour his wife's first husband, Walter Cookesey. The lady is in early 15th-century dress and stands between them with a little dog looking up at her. Tombs of Lady Joyce Beauchamp and Thomas Blount, the latter dated 1569, are worthy of note. A famous son of Kidderminster was Sir Rowland Hill who established the penny post. There is a statue of him in the centre of the town. Nearby is also a statue of Richard Baxter. the 17th-century Presbyterian divine, who attracted such vast crowds to the church to hear him preach that five galleries had to be built to hold them. He was imprisoned for nonconformism. He made the town his principal centre of evangelism.
One mile north west of the city in pleasant wooded countryside is Harvington Hall. a 16th-century gabled brick house with stone and mullioned windows masking a late medieval building. It is surrounded by a moat crossed by two bridges and was the home of another man persecuted for his faith, John Wall, a Roman Catholic priest and one of the last men in England to be martyred for his faith, in 1679. The house originally belonged to the Pakington family and passed from them by marriage to the Throckmortons. That the house had long been used as a shelter for hunted priests is evidenced by the honeycomb of secret passages, trapdoors, sliding panels and the hidden rooms called priests' holes; one of them is secreted under a false stairway. The house now belongs to the Archdiocese of Birmingham. This house is open to the public at advertised times. There is a portrait of John Wall in the Roman Catholic church and a crucifix to his memory in the churchyard.
Nearby towns: Bewdley, Bridgnorth, Droitwich, Halesowen, Stourbridge, Stourport-on-Severn, Tenbury Wells
Nearby villages: Abberley, Callow hill, Dunhampton, Hartlebury, Ribbesford, Shatterford, Trimpley, Upper Arley
Have you decided to visit Kidderminster or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Kidderminster bed and breakfast (a Kidderminster B&B or Kidderminster b and b)
- a Kidderminster guesthouse
- a Kidderminster hotel (or motel)
- a Kidderminster self-catering establishment, or
- other Kidderminster accommodation