Pioneer Town of the Canal Age

Informed Conservation


May 31st, 2007





Today many English towns, adjusting to the needs of the 21st century, are turning to the historic environment as a means of reinforcing their identity and distinctiveness, precious attributes in a town's local and regional profile. For Stourport-on-Severn, this special identity is written large in the central part of the town, for there can be few places with such a strong association with a single determining feature - for Stourport, its canal infrastructure - and with a discrete period of development - in this case, the period 1770 to 1850. The regeneration of Stourport depends on many things but the protection and presentation of its historic environment must lie at the centre of efforts to bring new life to the town.

Understanding how Stourport assumed its present form is crucial to public enjoyment of the place and to the planning of change and this book aims to contribute to both aspects by celebrating the town's unique qualities and character.

Author Information

Author and architectural historian, Yorkshire.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
1. Lower Mitton before the canal
2. The canal arrives
Building the canal basins: the first phase
The Tontine Hotel
3. The later development of the canal estate
Water Supply
The canal estate: decline
Stourport: the premier canal town
4. The development of the town
The character of the new town
The town acquires facilities
5. Stourport after 1840: diversification and adaptation
6. Stourport today and in the future
References and further reading