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Redditch, Worcestershire

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Redditch, Worcestershire

Redditch is a town and local government district in north-east Worcestershire, England, approximately 15 miles south of Birmingham. The district had a population of 79,216 in 2005. In the 19th century it became the international centre for the needle and fishing tackle industry. At one point 90% of the world's needles were manufactured in the town and its neighbourhoods. In the 1960s it became a model for modern new town planning.
DistrictRedditch Borough
Administrative CountyWorcestershire
Traditional CountyWorcestershire
OS GridSP0467
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionWest Midlands
Police AuthorityWest Mercia

Redditch, Worcestershire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Redditch, manufacturing town, chiefly in Tardebigg and Feckenham pars., Worcestershire, but partly also in Ipsley par., Warwickshire, on river Arrow, 13 miles S. of Birmingham by rail - township (wholly in Tardebigg par.), 5544 ac., pop. 7740; town, 926 ac., pop. 9961; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Redditch has mfrs. of needles, hooks and eyes, and fishing tackle; in the vicinity is Besly papermill.

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