Notices & Recent events


At the 'Worcester Remembers' event at the guildhall in Worcester on Saturday 4th August the society ran a display table as shown above. Our contribution was manned by Sally Dickson, Sue and Bill Wood and Catherine Guest.

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Our latest historical article related to Kidderminster is about the Victory Tea Company formed, owned and run by local man Ernest (Ernie) Hill from 1931 until 1965. Created from a collection of business documents held by this society, the story will be added to the website in instalments for each year; beginning with 1931.  Access the instalments by clicking the link below:

The Victory Tea Company 


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This recent addition to our collection of historical articles is an account describing the 'School Festival' held by St George's Parish Church on Whit Monday in 1875.

To view this article click: School Festival


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A transcription of this delightful book by the Kidderminster draper and amateur geologist George Edward Roberts has just been made available (March 2018) as a free download on our website.

Go to Valley of Habberley etc.


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Two newly added Town Guides


'Kidderminster Shuttle Industrial Issue 1903'

This guide focuses on a wide variety of businesses operating in the town in 1903.

This copy is Courtesy of Roger Watkins.



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Mates Illustrated Guide to Kidderminster 1908

This  is a general  guide to the town with many pictures and advertisements.

This copy is Courtesy of Roger Watkins.



To view these guide go to 'Trade Directories & Town Guides' page


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Short Brothers in Kidderminster during WW2

Jeff James has asked if anyone has any memories of the aircraft manufacturer Short Brothers' stay in Kidderminster during WW2. They were located in the offices of Victoria Carpets in Green St.


Short Bros designed and made the Sunderland flying boat and the RAF's first four-engine bomber the Stirling, before the Lancaster and Halifax came into service. Short Bros were located in Belfast and Rochester, Kent, but due to heavy bombing, they relocated drawing office staff to Kidderminster during the latter part of 1940 and stayed for over two years. 

No Stirling aircraft exists. However, 'The Stirling Project' charity is building from scratch a forward fuselage section as a fitting memorial to this under-rated and over-shadowed aircraft. The Stirling aircraft was converted to glider-towing and played a major role in Operation Market Garden and the attempt to capture Arnhem bridge.

If you can help with this query please use the 'Contact Form'.


Visit by Karen Sharman a member of the Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society (New York State) 1st September 2016.



The story of Kidderminster born Walter William Law, and his involvement in the founding of the village of Briarcliff Manor some 40 miles north of New York on the river Hudson, can be accessed in the side menu. For some time we have been in correspondence with the Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society much to our mutual benefit in establishing the historical details of this interesting and successful man who numbered among his friends the famous philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

We felt privileged that Karen Sharman of Briarcliff was able to make a 'flying' visit to Kidderminster in September and that we were able to provide a short guided tour of places that Walter would have know as a young man including the Town Hall Music Room and St Mary's Church (courtesy Theo Mayfield).  Additionally, we were kindly shown around Baxter Church by Rev. Andrew Mann-Way.  Baxter Church was not built when Law emigrated to New York in 1860 but he and some of his siblings were baptised in its predecessor the Old Meeting Church and had been members of the congregation.  When this latter church was demolished Walter Law purchased the panelling extracted from the building and installed it in his house in Briarcliff Manor. Karen had earlier supplied us with beautiful photographs of stained glass windows related to Walter Law installed in the Congregational church in Briarcliff Manor. These fascinating windows may be seen in our story of 'Walter William Law'.

We all had an excellent and interesting time and Karen was able to go away with a new connection between Kidderminster and USA: the Whittall family.

Below is shown Karen, her friend Beryl from Cornwall and members of our society.  

Photograph - L to R: Beryl, Karen and KDAHSoc members Veronica Bradley and Chairman Sally Dickson. 


Latest edition of an earlier publication


One of our earlier publications: 'Caldwall Hall' by Don Gilbert and Richard Warner (1999) has been 'out of print' for some time. It is now available as a digital download on the website of the Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry. 



  



New addition to our historical documents

The latest addition to our collection of documented memorabilia is a transcription of the Botanical notebook of George Edward Roberts. Two pages from this 1850s notebook are given below.


Botanical Notes


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