Kidderminster & Stourport
These towns of north Worcestershire, though predominately brick built have many distinctive stone structures within them. In Stourport it’s the river bridge and red sandstones used along the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal that add to the town’s character. In nearby Hartlebury, the church and castle stand a stone’s throw way away from a road-cutting through the same from orangey red sandstone from which they are built. In addition to buildings being made out of these local red sandstones, the relative softness of the rock has allowed homes to hewn into them. The most well know rock hermitage in the area is Redstone Rock, which is reputed to have been able to lodge 500 men. Kidderminster is a much larger town and houses many fine stone built churches and a grammar school. It is linked to Stourport via the canal.
The local sandstones of the area are commonly grouped together and referred to as New Red Sandstone as so to differentiate it from the Old Red Sandstone, commonly used as building stone in Herefordshire. However there are a wide range of differences between this group of building stones which make them distinctive to a particular area.