Visit Stourbridge and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Stourbridge, Worcestershire, is an industrial town on the south bank of the Stour, situated on the edge of the Black Country. This makes for a striking contrast between the conglomerate of industries on one side of the town with pleasant Midland scenery on the other. The town does not have a great deal to interest the tourist. Its early importance was due to its glass-making industry, introduced by refugees fleeing from l6th-century religious persecution in Hungary. Its modern rebuilt Edward VI Grammar School stands on the site of a stipendiary priests' school established in 1430. In the High Street is an old l7th-century inn, the Talbot, with some 18th-century additions. From Old Swinford, the oldest part of the town, a belt of fireclay runs generally northeastwards. It is reputed to be the best fireclay in the world. The countryside around Stourbridge has much to recommend it. One mile south south west of the town, Kinver Edge is easily reached by a winding uphill lane from Whittingion. There are splendid views from the top and the site of a Danish camp. The Norman village church has a good late 16th-century tomb and brasses. About l½ miles south through Old Swinford is the little village of Pedmore, sheltered under Wychbury Hilt, crowned with its prehistoric camp. The Norman Church of St Peter has a primitive tympanum with Christ in Glory, wearing a drooping moustache and with an overemphasized hand raised in blessing. He is surrounded by symbols of the Evangelists. The church was much restored in the late 19th century Nearby Pedmore Hall is l7th-century with later additions that included huge pilasters.
Two miles west north west of Stourbridge on the Bridgnorth road is Stourton Castle, where in 1500 Reginald, Cardinal Pole and Archbishop of Canterbury was born. Further along the same road is Enville with its Tudor Hall which was much altered in 1760 by the poet Shenstone. It has a fine park with the splendid Shenstone Cascade. a water ornament in best Classical Italian style.
Nearby cities: Birmingham
Nearby towns: Bridgnorth, Bromsgrove, Dudley, Halesowen, Kidderminster
Nearby villages: Broome, Churchill, Hagley, Kinver, Romsley, Wordsley
Have you decided to visit Stourbridge or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Stourbridge bed and breakfast (a Stourbridge B&B or Stourbridge b and b)
- a Stourbridge guesthouse
- a Stourbridge hotel (or motel)
- a Stourbridge self-catering establishment, or
- other Stourbridge accommodation