We are pleased to present a range of books that have been published by local authors and Societies about various aspects of Kidderminster's history.

Nigel Gilbert

Local Historian Nigel Gilbert has produced a number of local history books about Kidderminster including ‘A History of Kidderminster’ Published by Phillimore, 2004 (see above); ‘Kidderminster Foreign - Portraits of Trimpley and Habberley’, edited by Nigel Gilbert Published by Kidderminster Foreign Parish Council, 2002;  ‘The Rise and Fall of Franche Hall’ Published by Hencroft Press, 1999 and several more.  For further details and how to purchase the books go to the website: Nigel Gilbert   

John Combe

In the early 1900s Ebenezer Guest was a regular contributor to the Kidderminster Shuttle and under the title 'Old Kidderminster' published a series of articles recalling his memories of Kidderminster during a large part of the 19th century. He included descriptions of pubs, politics, civic buildings, housing development, schools, churches, industry and many other aspect of life in Victorian Kidderminster.

Unfortunately we no longer hold stocks of this book.

Melvyn Thompson

Please click on this link for books by Melvyn Thompson.

His book list: ‘Kidderminster Tramway’ with David Voice, 1998; ’Woven in Kidderminster’ 2002; ‘Weaving in Bridgnorth’ 2nd Edition 2004 (1st Edition by Frederick Head, 1947}; ‘St George’s a Waterloo Church’ 2009; 'Mills & Tall Chimneys’, 2012.

Betty Park 

'Brinton Park and Sutton Common’, Kidderminster Civic Society, 2008. To find out how to obtain copies of this book click Contact Us

Scott Pettitt

‘Kidderminster’s Nonconformist Cemetery’ by Scott Pettitt 

Published by Kidderminster Civic Society, 2006. 
Available from the Museum of Carpet

Kidderminster & District Archaeological and Historical Society

The original 1st Edition of this Monumental Inscriptions booklet was assembled by Bill Elliott in 1999 from data recorded by several Society members. It can be seen in the Local History Collection at Kidderminster Library.

A 2nd Edition has just been prepared (December 2014). Typographical and other errors have been corrected and the Index has been overhauled. The new edition has been prepared as a digital and searchable PDF document and is available as a download from the Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry at a cost of £2.50. To access the download click the following direct link: Monumental Inscriptions Ed. 2

'Caldwall Hall - Kidderminster' has been 'out of print' for several years but has now been produced as a digital edition with added index (published in 2016). It has been made available as a download from the online E-shop of the Birmingham & Midland Genealogy & Heraldry Society at a cost of £2.50Caldwall Hall digital

‘Kidderminster and District in the Second World War’, 2006, By Bill Wood, Bob Millward and Robert Barber. 

'Great War Britain Kidderminster: Remembering 1914-18' by Sally Dickson, 2014

‘Old Kidderminster: pictures of the town in the 1890s by the artist John Knox Ferguson’ 2009 by Don Gilbert, 2009, Robert Barber and Jim Wilkinson.

'The Church of St Mary and All Saints, Kidderminster - Monumental Inscriptions in Church and Churchyard'.  New Edition (2014) in searchable PDF format.

For more information on these and other publications by this Society click Kidderminster & District Archaeological and Historical Society.

Robert Barber

‘Kidderminster the Second Selection’ Images of England, 2002. Can be found in some local outlets or online at the History Press.

The predecessor to the above publication ‘Kidderminster’ Images of England, 1999'  has now been reprinted and is available as above.


A book by Mike Abraham of the Friends of Broadwaters  society

Mike tells us that “The book was inspired by the discovery that ‘Bessie Blount from nearby KInlet, a close relative of Edward Blount who in 1570 had the Stack Pool created in Broadwaters, had a child by Henry VIII.   This led to other reading to find many other connections of local historical characters from areas within and around Broadwaters, such as the Attwoods of Wolverley Court and many others and their fascinating connections back into the history of England, with devious dealing, cheatings, poisonings and coups.”

The book is for sale  directly from Mike Abraham at a cost of £16 and is also available at the Museum of Carpet shop in Green Street.


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