The county of Worcestershire occupies a prominent position in the West-Midlands where it is bordered by Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire. To the west are the Malvern Hills and the spa town of Malvern and to the south, the northern edge of the Cotswolds. Both the river Severn and the river Avon flow through this predominantly rural county.
Historically, the county was once in the Earldon of Mercia but following the Norman conquest, Urse d'Abetot seized much of the church land. Fruit farming and the cultivation of hops were traditional agricultural activities in much of the county, although it is also noted for its wool trade and, in the nineteenth century, the manufacture of gloves and carpets. Much of the county’s dense forests and woodlands were once royal hunting grounds and Worcestershire also hosts the locations of what are considered to be the first and last significant battles of the English Civil War; the Battle of Powick Bridge (1642) and the Battle of Worcester (1651).
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