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That remarkable little Worcestershire Town - looking over a true English scene - Household Words, Charles Dickens 1850

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The Google map above gives the general area of the town and the locations mentioned in the text are identified with a marker. If you pass your curser over the marker it’s name will appear. You can zoom in and out of the map to see the exact location and to pan around the map. The Google Street View facility is also active, simply drag the yellow ‘man’ to the location to see the ‘street view’.

Located within the beautiful countryside of North Worcestershire, Redditch has, within its boundaries, much to see for those interested in our landscape.

Developed at the time of the 'New Town', the Arrow Valley Park, stretches along the River Arrow from the Bordesley Abbey Site, includes the Arrow Valley Lake with its visitor centre, and finishes at the southern extremity of the town.

It can be walked from top to bottom and there are many car parks within its length.

Church Green located within the town centre is an attractive garden and, close by is the contemplative Memorial Garden constructed shortly after the first World War, separating this from Holm Wood, a Woodland Trust Wood incorrectly named as Smallwood, is the very attractive old Redditch Cemetery which was begun in the late 19th Century and contains many graves of famous Redditch industrialists.

To the west of the town is the Morton Stanley Park, a great favourite for dog walkers, which hosts an annual festival organised by the town council as many other activities.

The area of enclosed by Redditch was once part of the historical Forest of Arden and, it is believed that both Pitcher Oak Wood and Foxlydiate Wood were both part of that historic woodland.

Foxlydiate Wood is particularly attractive in springtime and is known as the 'Bluebell Woods'.

Southcrest Wood once housed the parkland home of the Terry family who were famous for the manufacture of springs and the Anglepoise lamp. The house is now a hotel, whilst the woodland is an open space for public use. There are numerous smaller woods and open spaces within the Redditch area which are open to the public.