Less than 2 miles from Stourport is the village of Hartlebury and just outside the village is Hartlebury castle.Dating from the 13th century Hartlebury castle is a fortified manor house that was the seat of the Bishop of Worcester from that time until 2007 when the bishop moved back to the cathedral close in Worcester.Since 2007 the building has...more
Largely 1870, but parts of the two earlier structures remain. The main arch is made of cast-iron, flanked by stone faced brick arches and a causeway of 25 brick arches to north, 6 to south. The causeway on NE side is of late C18th brick with stone springers to the arches. There is a spiral cast iron stairway from the road down on to the Riverside...more
Severn Steamboat Company runs 2 types of trips. On Wednesdays there is a day cruise to Worcester and over the weekend there are frequent 40 minute local cruises. Both are from April to September. Private parties and business functions catered for. "River King" has a maximum capacity of 120 people, and is easily adaptable for summer or winter trips...more
The Stourport Steamer Company runs several kinds of boat trips on the River Severn. On Wednesdays there are trips to Worcester, serving tea, coffee and soft drinks, which allow passengers two hours ashore in Worcester before the return journey. There are 40 minute short trips every Sunday from March to September and every day of School Holidays;...more
The River Severn has been a highway for thousands of years. Since Roman times, the main route to Wales was a ford crossing the Severn down stream of the town at Redstone Rock.At this place was a famous hermitage, cut out of the sandstone rock, where in the 16th century, Bishop Latimer at Hartlebury, only half-a-mile away, described it as ‘able to...more
St. Bartholomew’s Parish Church, quarter of a mile over the bridge at Areley Kings was founded as a Norman Church. The first known priest was Layamon, author of the first historical survey of Britain. With a continuous history and a partial re-building by the Victorians, the church complex includes a Queen Anne Rectory and medieval timber-framed...more
The Tontine Hotel, was constructed as the Areley Inn in 1772 and gave accommodation to merchants and travellers. It was a grand place with a ballroom and several reception rooms. It is now in the ownership of Britsh Waterways and overlooks the canal and basin.A tontine was a sharehold system, an early form of life insurance devised by an Italian,...more
The Lock Shop was formerly the canal lock keeper's cottage. It is dated 1854 and next to it facing the lock is a small toll office. Inside is a cafe which I have yet to try and in the shop window is a really good display of old retail shop packaging.The undated photo is from the National Photo Archive by Philip Williamson LRPS but all the rest...more
My wife and I ate hear on two nights. This premises is in the main street and advertised on the frontage as a European/ Mediterranean restaurant. From Monday to Thursday there was a multiple choice three course menu for £10.95., which was tasty and excellent value. Several to highlight including the sweets. Favourites probably were Prawn and Mango...more
Lydia (daughter) used to work here a couple of nights a week before she went to university. This pub should (I think) be in the CAMRA Good Pub Guide as they have 3 real ales for sale as well as the more fashionable lagers. They always have an Enville ale for sale, plus 2 other guest ales. This is what is rapidly becoming a lost, if not, an...more
The Bridge Inn is a typical UK pub serving 'real' beer. Generally there are 2 draught guest beers on tap at any one time. Miles (my son) tells me that The Bridge is the 2nd oldest pub in the town. It serves a typically English Sunday carvery meal, which is home cooked on the premises. It's not a very formal restaurant and diners do not sit for long...more
Unless you are coming by car most of the buses to and around the town come from Kidderminster, about 4/5 miles away. We have a bus service to Worcester every 2 hours up to 5.30pm. Regrettably after 7pm there are virtually no buses with the exception of an hourly bus from Alexander Hospital, Redditch and an hourly bus from Worcester Royal Hospital,...more
The nearest railway station is 5 miles away at Kidderminster. From Jan 2003 there will only be 3 trains in the morning direct to London and but there are still 4 trains returning in the evening. Other than the direct trains to London there are also about 2 an hour from 6am to 11pm to/from Birmingham and to/from Worcester and Hereford.more
Stourport is very unusual amongst small towns in England in that it still has 5 or 6 independent butchers. Freemans is perhaps the most traditional of Stouports bucher's shops and perhaps considered the most up-market although I suspect that doesn't mean the most expensive.
What to buy: Meat, game and cheese.
If you don't like very crowded streets and town centre, stay away at the Bank Holidays and the Carnival Weekend (1st weekend in September)
Unique Suggestions: If you have to come through the town on Carnival Weekend (1st weekend in September) the main (& only) river bridge and roads in the town centre are closed for several hours for the procession.
Fun Alternatives: There may be no alternative so park the car and join the razz-ma-tazz of it all, including the 2 river processions -1 in the afternoon and a very pretty night-time one.
July 2003. This was the site of the 297th USA Army Hospital between 1941 and 1945. We walked around this site more thoroughly than we have before. There is an easy walk, or a waymarked trail, around this old military hospital base. At the time we last went, there was a magnificent display of foxgloves. Sadly they will have to be cut for the sake of some of the very rare grasses - the "purple stemmed wavy hair grass", the endangered "grey hair grass", the "Sheep's sorrel", the "sheepsbit scabious", and finally the hawk-weeds and St John's Wort.
Our local football team is the Stourport Swifts and they now play in the Southern League Division One West.For the benefit of most people - in the UK the leagues are:-1. Premier2. Coca-Cola League One3. Coca-Cola League Two4. Nationwide Conference5a. Nationwide Conference North5b. Nationwide Conference South6. Southern Premier7a Unibond Premier7b...more
There is one long distance footpath going through the town. This is "The Severn Way" and is waymarked along the whole of its length. It goes, as you would expect with a name like that, alongside the River Severn from its source in Mid Wales to the Bristol Channel where the river enters the sea. It is the longest riverside walk in Britain (it is...more
Starting in the centre of Stourport on the riverside. A 10.6km, or 6.5mile, waymarked circular walk around Stourport on Severn, managed in partnership with Wyre Forest District Council. Give yourself up to 4 hours to complete the walk. Out on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, across a golf course (established in 1993. Mind the balls!!!),...more
From a tourist pont of view the town is a simple X with the additions of the River and the Canal Basins. Many of the town streets are Georgian. The four main town centre roads are all original Georgian streets lined with 3 storey brick properties from the 1780's.For an explanation of the map see http://www.stourport.actinet.net/startup.htmmore
Over the summer months the town has a number of special activities. The 2nd weekend of August there is the annual "Rowing Regatta" on the river. On the 4th weekend of August there is the annual "Horticultural Show". On the 1st weekend of September there is the annual "Town Carnival" throughout the town centre, the River Severn and the riverside...more