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Stourbridge, Dudley

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Stourbridge, Dudley

Stourbridge /ˈstaʊərbrɪdʒ/ is a large town in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, in the West Midlands of England. Historically a part of Worcestershire, Stourbridge was a centre of glass making, and today includes the suburbs of Amblecote, Hagley, Lye, Norton, Oldswinford, Pedmore, Wollaston, Wollescote and Wordsley. The population, as recorded in the United Kingdom Census 2001, was 55,480.
Administrative CountyDudley
Traditional CountyWorcestershire
OS GridSO8883
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionWest Midlands
Police AuthorityWest Midlands
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWest Midlands
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWest Midlands
Ambulance AuthorityWest Midlands
Dialling code01384, 01562
Population55,480 (2001 Census)

Other names by which Stourbridge, Dudley has been known in the past


Stourbridge, Dudley in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Stourbridge, market town and township (ry. stations Stourbridge and Stourbridge Junction), Oldswinford par., Worcestershire, on river Stour, 5 miles SW. of Dudley and 11½ W. of Birmingham, 450 ac., pop. 9757; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Friday. Stourbridge was anciently known as Bedcote. It has a county court-house, a market-house, a corn exchange, and a grammar school founded in 1553; it has also mfrs. of glass (introduced by refugees from Hungary and Lorraine in 1556), iron, and fire-bricks. These last are made from a peculiarly rich fire-clay, and are largely exported.

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