Norton, Worcestershire

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Norton
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Broomhall Cottages
Norton is located in Worcestershire
Norton
Norton
 Norton shown within Worcestershire
Population 2,324 (2001)
OS grid reference SO868517
Civil parish Norton juxta Kempsey
District Wychavon
Shire county Worcestershire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WORCESTER
Postcode district WR5
Dialling code 01905
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Mid Worcestershire
List of places
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Worcestershire

Coordinates: 52°09′49″N 2°11′35″W / 52.163719°N 2.193146°W / 52.163719; -2.193146

Norton is a village and civil parish in the Wychavon district of Worcestershire, 0.8 miles (1.3 km) from the boundary of the City of Worcester, England. The village is split in two by the M5 motorway, with the original village to the east.

The parish of Norton juxta Kempsey contains the settlement of Littleworth, and as its name suggests, adjoins Kempsey. The village saw considerable development in 1990s, mainly centred around the large decommissioned military Norton Barracks, which have been converted into apartments.

The village is the location of St Peter's Garden Centre and Worcester Norton Cricket Club. Worcester Norton Hockey Club also originates from the village, but now play and train at nearby Nunnery Wood High School, Worcester.

In 1939 Morganite Crucible, a subsidiary of Morgan Crucible, opened its works in the village.[1] In 2010 the site, now closed, was sold for use as an industrial estate, but a Morgan presence remains in the form of Molten Metals Ltd, distributors of Morgan products, owned by two ex-Morgan employees, Dave Hill and Jim Ritchie.[2]

Norton barracks[edit]

Norton Barracks was constructed between 1874 and 1877 on land purchased by the government in 1872. The keep is a Grade II listed building. In 1987 the barracks were sold to property developers for conversion into apartments and the rest of the site was developed as a housing estate.[3] The site is also the home of the Worcester Norton Shooting Club.[4]

New railway station[edit]

Plans are under discussion for a new Worcester railway station, Worcestershire Parkway Regional Interchange, that would link Norton with the main Cross Country Route to Plymouth, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Cheltenham.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Morganite Crucible Inc. Company Profile". Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  2. ^ "Disused factory unit proves to be sound investment". 2011-03-03. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  3. ^ Norton Barracks History. Retrieved 1 August 2009
  4. ^ Worcester Norton Shooting Club Retrieved 1 August 2009