Bewdley was granted borough status, as well as a weekly market, by King Edward IV in 1472, and retained this status until local government reorganisation in 1974. A parliamentary report of 1777 listed Bewdley as having a parish workhouse accommodating up to 80 inmates.
With two art galleries displaying a host of works from local and nationally recognised artists there's sure to be something to interest everyone.
The main part of Bewdley town is situated on the western bank of the River Severn, including the main street — Load Street — whose name derives from lode, an old word for ferry. Load Street is notable for its width: this is because it once also served as the town's market place. Most of Bewdley's shops and amenities are situated along Load Street, at the top of which lies St Anne's Church, built between 1745 and 1748 by Doctor Thomas Woodward of Chipping Campden.
On our website you can find details of major events, local community events, where to stay, eat and have a drink plus details of the many active local community organisations and local businesses.
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The town is situated on the coast of the English Channel and endowed with a sandy beach and massive sand dunes, Fort-Mahon-Plage attracts many tourists, especially during the summer and at the weekends.
Bewdley Rowing Club offers an open and friendly environment with excellent facilities and around 220 members, young and old. The club was established in 1877 and is located in the small picturesque Georgian town of Bewdley on the banks of the River Severn in Worcestershire. Club members regularly work within the community and local schools to promote and provide competitive rowing and sculling, regularly offering coaching and outings for newcomers wanting to try rowing.
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We're now open, 10am - 4.30pm every day. Last entry to museum is 4pm
The Museum's collection of artefacts contains a wide variety of items.
Opening Times:Easter – October 10am – 4.30pmNovember – Easter 11am – 3pm
The West Midland Safari Park lies just out of the town, on the A456 towards Kidderminster.
For further information contact Bewdley Tourist Information Centre on 08456 077819
The settlement of Wribbenhall, on the eastern side of the Severn, and now part of Bewdley, was recorded in the Domesday Book as being part of the manor of Kidderminster. By the 14th century, the town had come to be known as Beau lieu, French for "Beautiful place" - a compliment that fits well with John Leland's statement in his Itinerary two centuries later that "a man cannot wish to see a towne better".
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Just outside Bewdley is Beau Castle, a Victorian mock-Gothic house, built in 1877. It was developed by the industrialist and former Mayor of Birmingham and Bewdley, George Baker. Beau Castle was designed by John Ruskin and Richard Doubleday with stained-glass windows by Edward Burne-Jones.
Our school offers a broad and balanced curriculum at KS3, which aims to support and challenge learners, enabling academic, moral, spiritual, social and cultural needs to be met. At KS4, the school provides access to a wide and relevant range of external accreditations, including GCSEs and vocational equivalents. We encourage our learners to continue their education and offer an extensive post 16 curriculum in partnership with other Wyre Forest schools and colleges.
Bewdley Bridge over the Severn was built in 1798 by Thomas Telford. It was erected to replace the 1483 medieval bridge which was swept away in the floods of 1795. There is some speculation locally that its continued ability to carry heavy motor traffic may be thanks to secret strengthening work carried out during the Second World War to allow the bridge to bear the weight of tanks if necessary.
The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre is a school which aims to provide every learner with a caring, stimulating and well-disciplined environment, providing opportunities for success.
In the area between Stourport and Bewdley there are several large country houses, among which Witley Court, Astley Hall and Pool House are particularly significant.
Bewdley has major events running throughout the year, ranging from Spring and Harvest Fairs through to its regattas and annual Bewdley Festival. But there is a lot more than the town to see. Bewdley is the ideal location to stay and visit:
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The ancient woodland of the Wyre Forest and National Nature Reserve surrounds Bewdley to the west of the town, providing excellent opportunities to discover a rich diversity of wildlife, forest flora and fauna, a great place to visit for natural colour and even the Go Ape, hire wire experience. A host of interesting trees are also set within the nearby Arley Arboretum.
On the other side of the church, Welch Gate (so called because it once contained a tollgate on the road towards Wales) climbs steeply up to the west, while a continuation of the B4194 leads northwest towards the Wyre Forest. To the northeast of the town is the wooded hilltop of Wassel Wood in Trimpley, the southern terminus of Shatterford Hill.
A regular general market on Saturdays took place until late 2007, although specialized markets have continued. In June 2009, Wyre Forest District Council was approached by a former stall-holder with a view to reviving the market close to the bridge.
Welcome to Bewdley - described as the most perfect small Georgian town in Worcestershire. Located on the River Severn, its name says it all - from the French words Beau Lieu - beautiful place.
Bewdley has an attractive shopping and riverside area offering a range of pubs, restaurants and cafes and even has its own micro-brewery.
The Shambles Cafe is a great place to relax and unwind.
Bewdley is a popular town with both visitors and its residents. Within the town there is a lot to see including its river walks, museum, churches, beautiful gardens, not to mention well over 20 pubs, take aways and restaurants.
Bewdley is now governed by three tiers of local government; in increasing order of size: Bewdley town council, Wyre Forest district council and Worcestershire county council.
On behalf of the staff, governors and learners, welcome to The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre.
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The former quayside on the western bank of the river has been much prettified and landscaped over the last few decades, and its rows of Georgian townhouses and buildings are well seen from Telford's bridge. Since the completion of the flood defences in 2006 (see below), a "Civic Space" has been introduced to replace the old bandstand. It is used on a variety of occasions including the regular local Farmers' markets.
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Our school community promotes excellent behaviour and has high expectations of learners, enabling them to occupy their time positively; working and playing hard. We aim to instill the importance of respect and courteous behaviour towards one another at all times, encouraging active citizenship and tolerant adults of the future.
A modern road bridge, opened to the south-east of the town at Blackstone in 1987 after many decades of campaigning, carries the Bewdley bypass across the river.