Wilden, Worcestershire

Wilden is a small village about 1 mile north east of Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire.

Wilden
Wilden, Alfred Baldwin Clocktower Memorial - geograph.org.uk - 1618.jpg
Alfred Baldwin Clocktower Memorial, Wilden
Wilden is located in Worcestershire
Wilden
Wilden
Location within Worcestershire
OS grid referenceSO825725
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSTOURPORT-ON-SEVERN
Postcode districtDY13
PoliceWest Mercia
FireHereford and Worcester
AmbulanceWest Midlands
List of places
UK
England
Worcestershire
52°21′01″N 2°15′30″W / 52.35029°N 2.25834°W / 52.35029; -2.25834Coordinates: 52°21′01″N 2°15′30″W / 52.35029°N 2.25834°W / 52.35029; -2.25834

It is in the Stour valley and both the River Stour and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal pass through the parish before joining the River Severn at Stourport. Nearby is Wilden Marsh, a nature reserve of the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust.

HistoryEdit

Wilden was originally part of the parish of Hartlebury, but became a separate parish in the late 19th century, before becoming part of Stourport.

In the 17th century there were slitting mills on the River Stour near to the site of present church. Eventually, these mills came into the ownership of the Wilden Iron and Tin Plate Company and the Baldwin family.

A lock at Pratt's Wharf (misnamed Platt's Wharf by the Ordnance Survey) on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, connected the canal with the river. This enabled canal barges to use the River Stour to deliver timber to a steam saw-mill in Wilden. Later it was used to transport coal and iron to the Wilden Works. The wharf was built by Isaac Pratt from Henwick, Worcester in 1835. He is described as a businessman and a merchant. There were two houses at Pratt's Wharf, one occupied by a lock keeper and the other by a clerk. The link was closed c1950.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stourport-on-Severn Civic Society. Newsletter No 41. June 2005.

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