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Stourbridge lies in the South West corner of the West Midlands and is approximately 13 miles West of Birmingham, 21 miles North of Worcester, 6 miles South West of Dudley, 11 miles South of Wolverhampton and 8 miles North East of Kidderminster.

Stourbridge is renowned for its rich history in glass making and was the birth place of world famous names such as Stuart, Royal Brierley and Thomas Webb. Today, most of the industry from the time of the industrial revolution has all but disappeared, but Stourbridge remains a bustling Town in its own right and the wonderful architecture of its Victorian heyday can still be admired.

There are a range of excellent educational facilities with fierce competition for places in the majority of schools. Notably Haybridge and Hagley Roman Catholic schools in Hagley are consistently high performing schools. Oldswinford Hospital School (known locally as OSH) has an excellent reputation as one of the foremost private schools in the country and King Edward VI College is one of the UK’s top performing sixth form colleges. Elmfield School in Oldswinford is a Rudolf Steiner School that attracts people from all over the UK.

Transport links in Stourbridge are excellent with two train stations in the town itself. Stourbridge Junction provides services to Worcester to the south and Birmingham in the East only approximately 30 mins away. Stourbridge Town station sits at the end of a small branch line that creates an interchange between the bus station and Stourbridge Junction. Train stations can also be found in outlying villages such as Hagley and Blakedown. The nearest motorway is the M5 and it can be joined at junction 4 which is approximately 8 miles away.

Stourbridge has great sports facilities to suit almost every sports enthusiast’s needs including rugby (Stourbridge RFC and Dudley Kingswinford RFC), football (Stourbridge FC locally known as The Glassboys), cricket (Stourbridge, Pedmore and Oldswinford), a range of golf clubs (Stourbridge and Hagley notably), tennis (Stourbridge lawn tennis and squash, Wollaston Lawn Tennis) and numerous running clubs. In addition there is a selection of Leisure centres and Recreational parks run by Dudley MBC.

Areas that we service are Dudley, Brierley Hill, Wall Heath, Kingswinford and Wordsley in the north, Halesowen and Cradley to the East, the suburbs of Stourbridge itself including Amblecote Wollescote, Lye, Wollaston, Norton, Oldswinford, and Pedmore. We also cover the local villages of Hagley, Blakedown, Kinver, Enville, Seisdon, Trysul and Wombourne.

*Photographs by Jan Hart

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