From a drawing by Cuthbert Bede 1850
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Kidderminster a Carpet Town
Kidderminster was renowned for many years as a major centre for the manufacture of carpets. Growing out of a long established tradition of weaving fine cloth, for example the simple patterned cloth called "Kidderminster stuff", the first carpet in the town was woven by John Pearsall in 1735. From this small beginning carpet weaving grew to dominate the town's industry and Kidderminster took its place as a leading centre for the manufacture of carpets of many types and designs.
Sadly, the Kidderminster carpet industry went in to decline from the 1970s and is now but a shadow of its former self with only a small number of factories still continuing the production of the good quality carpet which was once produced here in vast quantities. The challenge of course has been, and still is, to establish replacement industries and businesses that can continue the prosperity that once came from weaving carpet.
The Kidderminster Civic Society was founded in 1993 after a failed attempt by local townsfolk to prevent the Council from demolishing the building that housed the Town Library, Museum and College of Art and Science. Our work continues.
The Parish Church of Kidderminster:
St Mary and all Saints - viewed from the canal c1990.
Courtesy Garry Hooper.
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• promotion of high standards in planning and architecture
• promotion of education in the geography, history and natural history of the area
• preservation, development and improvement
of features of historic and public interest.
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