Villages & Resorts in Worcester (England) Reviews
Newest Review: ... its heyday Bewdley, as a very important inland port, would have seen people from all over the world pass through (and by no means all the black people would have been slaves; some were much more well off than most of us today would imagine). Instead, the name commemorates King Charles II. "Black" could be used to mean "swarthy" in the 17th century, and Worcestershire was known as a Royalist stronghold during the Civil War. Whether the King actually stayed here, no one knows, though it seems unlikely... although if you believe the brochures, he seems to have stayed in pretty much every other inn in the county.... You will... more
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by - written on 17/08/02, updated on 17/08/02 (Very useful, 1448 readings)
(Perhaps pushing it a little to call Bewdley a "village", but I certainly think "resort" is applicable, so here we are.) It surprises many visitors to discover that Bewdley was once second only to Bristol among inland ports. In 1700 it was enormously influential, but its power declined later in the century with the coming of the canals. Bewdley was the original choice for its location, but residents were aghast at the thought of grubby navvies sullying its image, and declared that they would have nothing to do with the "stinking ditch". So the canal went to Stourport, three miles away (the towns still have a good-natured rivalry), ... Read the complete review
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