Kidderminster as mapped in 1883

Scale 1:500

Nick Hughes, Chairman of this society, has a collection of maps that includes an OS map of Kidderminster surveyed in 1883 and published in 1884. The maps are in sections which have been joined together to form rolls.  Originally there would have been 6 rolls A-F but, unfortunately, the collection does not include roll F.  We have been able to partially fill this gap by acquiring an 1883 map that the Wyre Forest Conservation Officer has amongst his documents.

The map rolls have recently been professionally copied by the Worcestershire Archaeology Service at the Hive and the maps are now more readily available as a highly detailed high resolution source of historical and geographic information of Kidderminster as it was in 1883. They can be examined, edited and printed etc. with relative ease. Having said that, it has to admitted that viewing the map rolls directly is a much more pleasing and aesthetically satisfying experience.

The digitised version of the map have now been added to this website. Because of file size limitations, the quality will not be quite as high as the original map or the above mentioned photographic copies, but the detail shown is still excellent.

In order to get the most faithful copy of this map the individual sections comprising the rolls were photographed individually. The copies remain as individual sections but have been collated as they were arranged in the original roll. 

This montage of the map sections gives an indication as to where each section is situated in Kidderminster. If you click on the montage you can access a better quality montage image.


You may view the maps and download (for non-commercial use) copies of the maps that are presently available by using the appropriate like below. The working links are shown underlined and in green. The remainder await processing.

Roll A: Blakebrook to Claughton Street

Section 1

Section 2

Section 3

Roll B: Franche to Cemetery

Section 1

Section 2

Section 3

Section 4

Section 5

Roll C: Stourvale Works to Caldwall Farm

Section 1

Section 2

Section 3

Section 4

Section 5

Roll D: Broadwaters Forge to Longmeadow Mills

Section 1

Section 2

Section 3

Section 4

Section 5

Section 6

Roll E: Broadwaters to Railway Station

Section 1

Section 2

Section 3

Section 4

Section 5

Section 6

'Roll F': Land Oak

Section 2

Section 1 & 3 are not available










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