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ever they come." There were two or three streets then built in the town, and a Mr. Cowell had erected a house for both Calvinists and Arminians to preach in, but the Arminians were excluded, and Mr. Cowell built a separate house for them. In 1790, on another visit of the great leader, after he had addressed the congregation, "fourscore or a hundred of them began talking at once. I do not remember ever to hare been present at such a scene before. This must be amended, otherwise (if I should live) I will see Stourport no more." He died a few months afterwards. 4. A Local Government Board, under the Act of 1858 ; B. Banks, Esq., chairman. The sanitary condition of the town is not bad, although the drainage is far from satisfactory, 5. A Gas Company. 6. A Town Hall, recently enlarged by private subscription at a cost of 600, and including room for holding magistrates' meetings, for petty sessions, a reading institution, library, and class room. 7. A branch of the Stourbridge and Kidderminster Bank. 8. Savings Bank and Post Office ditto. 9. A Rifle Corps; Captain Harrison.

There are many natural advantages in the situation of Stourport and neighbourhood, with the noble river Severn for rowing and fishing, and the fine views from Stagbury Hill and Hartlebury Common ; yet, although the country is so beautiful, there is a great lack of genteel residences.


FORMERLY a chapelry to Kempsey, near Worcester, but now a perpetual curacy and independent parish, with a population of about 410, and an acreage of 1,942. Chief landed proprietors, Earl Somers and Mr. Acton. Earl Somers is lord of the manor and patron of the living, which is worth 70 a year; the Kev. H. Kingsford