Norton, Worcestershire

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Grid reference: SO868517
Location: 52°9’49"N, 2°11’35"W
Population: 2,324  (2001)
Post town: Worcester
Postcode: WR5
Dialling code: 01905
Local Government
Council: Wychavon
Mid Worcestershire

Norton is a village and parish in Worcestershire to the south-east of the county town, Worcester. The village is split in two by the M5 motorway, with the original village to the east.

The parish of Norton juxta Kempsey contains the settlement of Littleworth, and as its name suggests, adjoins Kempsey. The village saw considerable development in 1990s, mainly centred on the large decommissioned military Norton Barracks, which have been converted into apartments.

The village is the location of Worcester Norton Cricket Club. Worcester Norton Hockey Club also originates from the village, but now play and train at nearby Nunnery Wood High School, Worcester.

In 1939 Morganite Crucible, a subsidiary of Morgan Crucible, opened its works in the village.[1] In 2010 the site, now closed, was sold for use as an industrial estate, but a Morgan presence remains in the form of Molten Metals Ltd, distributors of Morgan products, owned by two ex-Morgan employees, Dave Hill and Jim Ritchie.[2]

A permanent military presence was established in the village with the completion of Norton Barracks in 1877.[3]

New railway station

A new railway station is planned where the Cotswold and Cross-country lines cross that would link Norton with the main route to Plymouth and Edinburgh.


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