Alfred Baldwin Clocktower Memorial, Wilden
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Wilden is a small village about 1 mile north east of Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire. It was originally part of the parish of Hartlebury, but became a separate parish in the late 19th century, before becoming part of Stourport.
It is in the Stour valley and both the River Stour and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal pass through the parish before joining the River Severn at Stourport. There are the remains of a lock at Pratt's Wharf (misnamed Platt's Wharf by the Ordnance Survey) on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, connecting the canal with the river. This enabled canal barges to use the River Stour to deliver timber to a steam saw-mill in Wilden. Later it was used to transport coal and iron to the Wilden Works. The wharf was built by Isaac Pratt from Henwick, Worcester in 1835. He is described as a businessman and a merchant. There were two houses at Pratt's Wharf, one occupied by a lock keeper and the other by a clerk. The link was closed c1950.
In the 17th century there were slitting mills on the River Stour near to the site of present church. Eventually, these mills came into the ownership of the Wilden Iron and Tin Plate Company and the Baldwin family.
- Stourport-on-Severn Civic Society. Newsletter No 41. June 2005.
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