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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.
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.
The town is in the Wyre Forest parliamentary constituency.
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.
- The County Buildings
- The Civic Centre
- Alfred Baldwin, the father of Stanley Baldwin, Prime Minister was born on 4 June 1841 in Lombard Street. He later became MP for Bewdley, owner of the foundry at the end Lombard Street which is now the site of the County Buildings containing the Library, Health Centre, Police Station and the Coroner's Court.
- 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.
- Clifford T. Ward, singer-songwriter, was born in Stourport in 1944.