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Stourport-on-Severn, often shortened to Stourport, is a second largest town in Wyre Forest after Kidderminster. It lies on the River Severn, at the junctions of the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal and the River Stour. At the time of the 2001 census Stourport had a population of 19,713.

History

Prior to the coming of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, in 1772 it consisted of two communities, Upper and Lower Mitton at the junction of the River Severn and the River Stour. The present town grew around the canal basins and the locks between the canal and the river and for 150 years was the principal location for the trans-shipment of goods from the canal boats into the river going craft called Severn Trows.

In 2006 Stourport-on-Severn was granted Fairtrade Town status.

Government

Stourport is part of the Wyre Forest District and it also has its own Town Council.

The town is in the Wyre Forest parliamentary constituency.

Notable Buildings/Structures

Stourport although a relatively new town (18th century) is fortunate to still retain exceptional Georgian residential, commercial and industrial buildings as well as a wide array of churches.

  • The Tontine lying alongside the River Severn at the junction with the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal was build by the canal company and used for corporate events. The building is now set to be converted into residential apartments.

Famous People

  • George Nicholson, settled in Stourport in 1808, until his death in 1825. He was a nationally known printer of the time. His printing press was at 15 Bridge Street, on the corner of Raven Street, and his premises are a listed building.

Twin Town

Stourport is twinned with the commune of Villeneuve-le-Roi, France.

Sport

Football

The local football team is Stourport Swifts F.C.. Their pitch is on [Stourport Road]].

River Sports

Stourport Yacht Club, Stourport Boat Club

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