Stoke Prior, Worcestershire

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Stoke Prior
St Michael's Church, Stoke Prior, Worcestershire 2.jpg
Church of St Michael, Stoke Prior
Stoke Prior is located in Worcestershire
Stoke Prior
Stoke Prior
Stoke Prior shown within Worcestershire
Population 4,559 (parish) (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference SO946672
Civil parish
  • Stoke
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Bromsgrove
Postcode district B60
Dialling code 01527
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
List of places
UK
England
WorcestershireCoordinates: 52°18′09″N 2°05′06″W / 52.3025°N 2.0849°W / 52.3025; -2.0849

Stoke Prior is a village in the civil parish of Stoke in Bromsgrove District of Worcestershire. The parish includes the settlement of Stoke Wharf and hamlet of Woodgate, along with neighbouring Stoke Heath.

History[edit]

In the 19th century, Stoke Prior was closely associated with the industrialist John Corbett. In 1853, after he had sold his share of the family canal business, he purchased disused salt works in Stoke Prior from the British Alkali Company. Corbett brought all the innovations of the industrial revolution to mechanise and commercialise the business, soon making his salt workings the largest in Europe and built a great fortune.

Economy[edit]

The Worcester and Birmingham Canal passes through the parish. In the 19th century, John Corbett turned the salt works in Stoke Prior into one of the largest in Europe. The tall chimney of the Stoke Salt Works was for many years a dominating landmark. Stoke Prior still houses the headquarters of LG Harris Ltd, a paint brush manufacturer (known locally as "Harris Brush" or just "The Brush").

Sports[edit]

Stoke Prior houses two football teams, Stoke Prior FC and Stoke Prior Youth FC, the main team being managed by Jamie Maycroft and the youth team being managed by Alan Banks. Both teams play their home games at Stoke Prior Sports and Country Club, with the adult team playing their games in the Bromsgrove and District Football League, whilst the youth team play in the Central Warwickshire Youth Football League.

Notable People[edit]

  • Zoë Lister was born in Stoke Prior.
  • John Corbett, the Salt King, buried in the churchyard of St Michaels, Stoke Prior.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area: Stoke Prior CP (Parish): Parish Headcounts". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 March 2010.