The carpet industry began on a cottage scale in the 18th century, but the invention of the power loom meant that large-scale production was possible and mills soon sprang up around the town, many of which remain today as testament to Kidderminster's industrial heritage.
In the Autumn of 2012, "The Carpet Museum in Kidderminster" is scheduled to open which will provide an exciting and interactive museum environment complete with Carpet Archive Centre, Library and meeting rooms.
The town boasts three shopping centres, a retail park, numerous independent and multi-national traders providing a range of shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes and a twice weekly outdoor retail market.
A modern library and college are at the heart of the town, through which flows the River Stour and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. Boaters, cyclists and walkers can use the canal/towpath to access Stourport and the River Severn.
Kidderminster has mainline rail access to and from London, Birmingham and Worcester and it is the starting point for the world famous Severn Valley Heritage Railway, which runs for 16 miles to Bridgnorth.
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