This interesting part, of Warwickshire is directly accessible by a branch of the Oxford, Worcester, and Wolverhampton line, by which means it is within, about 100 miles journey by rail from London.
This is a very old market town, having a population of 15,298, almost entirely engaged in the iron trade – every description of cast-iron work being done here. Its products of coal and iron are of a very valuable description, the coal beds varying in thickness from three to fourteen feet. It is of a very superior quality. There are some traces of an old fort of Saxon origin. The interior of the church, a neat Gothic structure of the eighth century, has some beautiful carving, with several monuments of the predecessors of the families of Lords Dudley and Harcourt.
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Worcester, the capital of Worcestershire, in a fine part of the Severn, is a parliamentary borough, and seat of a diocese, with a population of 31,227.