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Worcestershire county
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Country United Kingdom
Part of the country England
region West Midlands

status Ceremonial and Administrative County

Ceremonial county

Administrative county
Administrative authority Worcestershire County Council
Administrative headquarters Worcester
ISO-3166-2 GB-WOR
surface 1,741 km²
Residents 592.057
was standing June 30, 2018
ONS code 47
GSS code E10000034
NUTS code UKG12
Website www.worcestershire.gov.uk

! Districts /! Unitary Authorities
Location of the districts
  1. Worcester
  2. Malvern Hills
  3. Wyre Forest
  4. Bromsgrove
  5. Redditch
  6. Wychavon

Worcestershire  [ wʊstəʃə ] is a county ( County ) in the region West Midlands in England . Please click to listen!Play

Worcestershire is bordered by Herefordshire , Shropshire , Staffordshire , West Midlands , Warwickshire and Gloucestershire counties .

To the west, the county is bordered by the Malvern Hills . There is the former seaside resort of Malvern (where the Morgan sports cars are manufactured). The western part of the Hills is part of Herefordshire .

The southern part of the county is bounded by Gloucestershire County and the northern edge of the Cotswolds . Finally to the east lies Warwickshire . The county's largest rivers are the Severn and Avon .

Although there are a few other larger cities in the county, such as Kidderminster and Bromsgrove , in addition to the city of Worcester , the landscape is still largely agricultural. In addition to fruit growing, hops are grown here , but their cultivation has declined since the Second World War .

The coat of arms of the city of Worcester shows three black pear- shaped fruits, which are is a rare pear variety in the region: the Worcester Black Pear .

The area is also known for its porcelain production and the famous Worcestershire sauce .


The area of ​​what is now Worcestershire has been populated since the Paleolithic . Several hill forts survive from the Iron Age . During the Roman conquest of Britain from 43 AD, the area was conquered relatively quickly, probably around the year 48. The conquest by the Anglo-Saxons probably took place at the turn of the 6th to the 7th century. During the Heptarchy , Worcestershire was part of the Kingdom of Hwicce , later to Mercia . The important Diocese of Worcester ( Episcopus Hwicciorum at the time ) was founded around 679 and played a leading role even after the Norman conquest of England . In the further Middle Ages, sheep farming became one of the most important branches of the economy.

Worcestershire was best known for the Battle of Evesham , in which Simon V de Montfort died on August 4, 1265 , and later in the English Civil War for the Battle of Worcester (1651). Salt has been mined in the northern town of Droitwich Spa , through which one of the main Roman roads ran, since Roman times . The county has the oldest continuously published newspaper in the world, Berrow's Journal (since 1690).

Worcestershire was connected to Herefordshire to form Hereford and Worcester from 1974 to 1998 . However, the county's areas of 1998 no longer correspond to those from before 1974.

Cities and towns

Individual evidence

  1. Mid 2018 Estimates of the population for the UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Coordinates: 52 ° 13 ′  N , 2 ° 10 ′  W