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county, 674 sq mi (1,746 sq km), W central England. WorcesterWorcester
, city (1991 pop. 75,466) and district, Worcestershire, W central England, on the Severn River. The making of porcelain, gloves, and sauces are long-established industries; metal goods and machines are also manufactured. The site became a bishopric c.680.
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 is the county administrative center. Worcestershire is largely hilly country. The Malvern, Cotswold, Clent, and Lickey hills, partially or entirely within the county, are the most important ranges. The area is watered by the Severn and the Avon; the Avon valley is known as the Vale of Evesham. Administratively, the county is divided into the districts of Worcester, Malvern Hills, Wychavon, Redditch, Bromsgrove, and Wyre Forest.

The county became an administrative unit in 1041 after the recovery of MerciaMercia
, one of the kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon England, consisting generally of the region of the Midlands. It was settled by Angles c.500, probably first along the Trent valley.
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 from the Danes and was important in the Middle Ages as a monastic center. The northern part of the historical county, with iron and coal deposits, verges into the industrial Midlands area known as the Black CountryBlack Country,
highly industrialized region, historically mostly in Staffordshire but partly in Worcestershire and Warwickshire, W central England. It includes Dudley, Rowley Regis (see Warley), Tipton, Walsall, Wednesbury, West Bromwich, and Wolverhampton.
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, but the area is now administratively separate. In 1974, Worcestershire was combined with Herefordshire in the nonmetropolitan county of Hereford and Worcester, but in 1998 the counties were again separated.


a county of W central England, formerly (1974--98) part of Hereford and Worcester. Administrative centre: Worcester. Pop.: 549 300 (2003 est.). Area: 1742 sq. km (674 sq. miles)
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Chief Inspector Jerry Reakes-Williams, head of local policing in South Worcs, said: "We would remind everyone they should never try to cool off in unsupervised water - even good swimmers can get into difficulties.
Ann Ellis, only daughter of Alan and Jill Ellis, of Pershore, Worcs, married Steven Paul Holland, youngest son of Peter and Joan Holland of Redditch, Worcs, at Pershore Abbey.
Old Trafford: Lancs 289-3 (BJ Hodge 130 no, A Flintoff 66) bt Northants 100-3 by 20 runs - D/L Method; Grace Road: Scotland 255-6 lost to Leics 256-6 by 4 wkts; New Road: Worcs 234-8 (PA Jaques 113) lost to Notts 235-3 (DJ Hussey 88, M A Wagh 68 no) by 7 wkts.
SUMMARIES: LV County Championship - Div One Durham Durham 259 v Midds 11-2 Horsham Somset 76 Div Two Chelmsford Essex 212 v Kent 20-1 New Road Gloucs 234 v Worcs 65-0 Grace Road Glam 442-9 dec v Leics 142 TODAY: (11.
SUMMARIES: LV County Championship - Div One New Road Worcs 403-8 dec & 108-1 v Hampshire 239 & 269 Worcs win by 9 wkts Emirates Durham ICG Yorks 185 & 280-4dec v Durham 408-8 dec match drawn Trent Bridge Notts 326 v Lancs 293-8 Edgbaston Somerset 262 v Warwicks 398-7 Div Two Lord's Kent 87 & 232 v Midds 153 & 168-1 Midds win by 9 wkts Grace Road Leics 168 & 48 v Northants 371-9 dec Northants win by an innings and 155 runs The Kia Oval Surrey 225 & 195 v Gloucs 261 Gloucs win by 4 wkts TODAY: (11.
CRICKET LV COUNTY CH'SHIP, DIV ONE Rose Bowl: Worcs 132 & 189 (Solanki 73) v Hants 216 & 107-3 (Carberry 58).
Taunton: Worcs 618 & 42-0 bt Somerset 346 & 313 by 10 wkts; The Oval: Leics 251& 259 lost to Surrey 668-7 dec by an innings and 158 runs
Last farewell:Mourners gathered for the funeral of Royal Artillery Gunner Melanie Byrnecor at a service with full military honours at St Ambrose Church, in her home town of Kidderminster, Worcs, yesterday.
SUMMARIES: LV County Championship - Div One Chelmsford Essex 268 & 103-1 v Durham 177 Canterbury Hants 204 & 16-0 v Kent 182 Trent Bridge Notts 59 & 357-6 v Yorks 264 Taunton Lancs 259 v Somset 350-8 Div Two Grace Road Leics 295 & 147-1 v Gloucs 159 Lord's Worcs 313 v Midds 244-5 Brit Insurance Oval Surrey 380 v Glam 72-2 Hove Northants 125 & 48-2 v Sussex 381 TODAY: (10.
WORCS were 120-3 at the close as they tackled a mammoth first-innings' deficit against SUSSEX, who had declared on 620-9 after letting Indian leg-spinner Piyush Chawla (102no) claim a debut century.
Northants (19pts) bt Lancs (6pts) by 285 runs; New Road: Leics 405 & 255-5 dec v Worcs 290 & 258-5.
891 FORMGUIDE GROUP A LANCASHIRE v GLOUCESTERSHIRE (a) W 6 wkts Leics (a) W 90 runs* Holland (h) W 7 wkts* Middx (h) L 10 wkts Middx (a) L 167 runs Middx (h) W 4 wkts Worcs (h) W 12 runs* Worcs (h) No result Essex (a) L 1 wkt Holland (a) W 109 runs Worcs (h) W 28 runs Essex (a) L 8 wkts Essex * D/L method