Some of you will have had to work, some will have gone to see family, some parents will have realise its half term and stayed at home, Well I was on my way to Kidderminster over bank holiday. For those that dont know where Kidderminster isin the Wyre Forest district in Worcestershire, approximately 20 miles south west of Birmingham and 15 Miles North of Worcester. The town is twinned with Husum, Germany and was once it was well known for its carpet factories which of the decades has fallen back to the last few.
The modern carpet industry was founded in the area in 1785 by Brintons (Brintons was acquired by the Carlyle Group in September 2011),
and the carpet industry became extremely important to the local economy, so much so that the local newspaper is still named The Shuttle after the shuttles used on the carpet looms. In 1951 there were over thirty carpet manufacturers in the town, including, for example Quayle & Tranter (now defunct) who commissioned notable artists including George Bain for their traditional designs. Aided by a 2004 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a museum dedicated to the Kidderminster carpet industry was officially opened by Lord Cobham in 2012.
As for most medium sized towns Kidderminster has a football team. Kidderminster Harriers was formed in 1880’s, and they play at Aggborough. In 2005 the Harriers were relegated to the Conference Premier after five years in the Football League Two division. They had reached the Football League as Conference champions in 2000, and remain as Worcestershire’s only-ever representative in the league. They had won the title in 1994 but were denied promotion then as their stadium did not meet Football League capacity requirements – this came the same year that they eliminated Birmingham City from the FA Cup.
As for the town I think like most town and cities there are some very commercial areas as well as some antiquated parts that really could do with being knocked down and redeveloped. The Swan Centre being perhaps one example of an area needing work. Kidderminster biggest tourist attraction is most likely the Severn Valley Railway, which is next to the National rail station just outside the town’s shopping area, there are some interesting historic buildings, mainly churches if that is your particular interest. On the peripheral areas of Kidderminster you have Bewdley, which in itself has some attractions such as west Midlands Safari Park, The River Severn and some very homely shops. Teddy Grays sells some great sweets!!!
This is just a small snippet about a town that is not my home town. But could you sell your own town ? Why not give it a go and blog it or if you want we can guest host your entry and ensure your contact details are share with the entry ? I am sure there are plenty of people that could tell us all about their town. Be it for example Longridge, Kirkham or Chorley as local Lancashire candidates as well as our friends, followers and readers from further afield in Middlesbrough[amazon asin=B00Y3JV7R4&template=image&title=-&image=-], Guildford, Cardiff, Swansea, London and Edinburgh. As local people you can offer you own experience for place for visit to eat or see and maybe even attract more business to your own business. It a fact that a business location can be the success or failure of out of region clients being interested in your area.