Bewdley

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17th and 18th Century Hornworking in Bewdley

By the late 17th century, hornworking was well-established in Bewdley. The property of one horn worker, which… read more »

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19th century Hornworking in Bewdley

Hornworking in Bewdley continued after the 18th century. Two local families, the Lankersters and Humpherstons continued the… read more »

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An Innovative Metal Industry: Pewter and Mass Production in Bewdley

Text: Malcolm Dick Image: A reconstruction at Bewdley Museum of an 18th century dining room with pewter plates stored… read more »

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Bark Peeling Tools

Image: Barking irons, Wyre Forest [Image from: Bewdley Museum] 3. Bark Peeling Tools Bark peeling was a task… read more »

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Bewdley

IS not a parish of itself, but a chapelry in the parish of Ribbesford, from whose church… read more »

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Bewdley

Image: Bewdley, Worcestershire, from below the Bridge. Bewdley was the most important port for the West Midlands… read more »

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Bewdley Snuff Mill

Image: Close-up of the abandoned snuff mill, Golden Valley, near Tickenhill, Bewdley (early 20th century). [Image from: Bewdley… read more »

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Bewdley’s Importance for the Pewter Industry

Image: A highly decorated pewter tobacco box made by John Ingram, the most important Bewdley pewterer in… read more »

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Charcoal Burning: Retorts

Image: Charcoal burning in the Wyre Forest. One man is filling a retort and taking wood from two… read more »

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Charting the Severn Riverscape

Image:  Ironbridge Gorge late C19. Photograph from J & S Slater’s Views of Ironbridge and District On… read more »

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Views of the Severn

Conclusion

Image Welch Bridge Shrewsbury. Thomas Harral, Picturesque Views of the Severn, 1824 The picture of the navigation that… read more »

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Important Sources

Image:  Large barge by Loadroft Wharf, Ironbridge, late c19 A surprising discovery came with the realisation that… read more »

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Industry and Agriculture: Rope Making and Horn Working in Bewdley

Text: Malcolm Dick Image: This photograph, taken in 1910, shows Bewdley’s river frontage in commercial decline. It also provides… read more »

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Investigating the Severn

Image: Cast-iron memorial to trowman Eustace Beard at Benthall This is in part a personal story, but it… read more »

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Lowe’s Rope and Twine Manufactory

Image: A display at Bewdley Museum of items from Lowe’s Rope and Twine Manufactory. The firm was founded… read more »

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Lowe’s Rope and Twine Manufactory

Image: An exterior view of buildings at Lowe’s rope manufactory. Much of the firm’s production took place in… read more »

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Reflections on the Surface: reviewing the River Severn’s history

Image: Ironbridge in Telford Historians of the West Midlands have always recognised the importance of the River… read more »

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River Traffic

Image: Ironbridge Gorge late C19. Photograph from J & S Slater’s Views of Ironbridge and District In… read more »

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Rope Making and Bewdley

Image: Print of a mid-19th century Birmingham rope, line and twine works in Dartmouth Street, Birmingham, established in… read more »

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Shop goods and transit cargoes

Image:  Beale’s Corner, Wribbenhall Between 1660 and 1730 port books portray the upstream trade in shop goods:… read more »

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Snuff Grinding

Image: Snuff Grinding: ruins of the snuff mill, wooden gearing and water wheel, Golden Valley, near Tickenhill, Bewdley… read more »

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The Coal Trade

Image: Ironbridge Gorge late C19. Photograph from J & S Slater’s Views of Ironbridge and District Coal was… read more »

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The Decline of Snuff Taking

Image: Upper Pool used as part of the snuff mill complex, Golden Valley, near Tickenhill, Bewdley (late 20th… read more »

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The Severn Trade

Image:  Stourport locks (1770) This might seem a rich array of sources yet none covers the whole… read more »

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The Wyre Forest

Image: Near Bewdley, Worcestershire from Blackstone Park. The natural attractions of this part of the Severn brought… read more »

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The Wyre Forest and Bewdley

Image: Bewdley, from Perspective Views of Market Towns in the County of Worcester, by Thomas Sanders, 1770. The Wyre… read more »

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Views of the Severn

Understanding the Vessels

Image Stourport from below bridge. Thomas Harral, Picturesque Views of the Severn, 1824 Bringing together the many sources… read more »

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Understanding the watermen

Image :  Gloucester Bridge and West Gate. Thomas Harral, Picturesque Views of the Severn, 1824 An increasing awareness… read more »

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Varieties of Severn History

Image Bewdley from below the bridge. Thomas Harral, Picturesque Views of the Severn, 1824 Analysing the Severn Navigation… read more »

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Work and Labour

Image: The Snuff Mill, Golden Valley, near Tickenhill, Bewdley (early 20th century) [Image from: Bewdley Museum] 2. Work… read more »

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Work and Labour

Image: Mr G Taylor, an employee at Lowe’s Rope and Twine Manufactory, Bewdley, is shown with hemp fibres… read more »

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