Famous People from Worcester

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In no particular order here are some of the most famous people to come out of Worcester.

Edward Elgar

Edward Elgar was an English composer born on the 2nd of June 1857 in Lower Broadheath. He died on the 23rd of February 1934. The Malvern Hills inspired home to write many popular songs such as Cockaigne, caractus, The Dream of Gerontius, circumstance marches, the Pomp, and the Enigma Variations. He also composed instrumental concerts, symphonies, chamber music, and oratorios. After his death in 1857, his daughter turned his birthplace in Lower Broadheath into a museum. This museum is now home to a unique collection of his personal effects including the desk Sir Edward Elgar used to compose most of his music.

Stanley Baldwin

Stanley Baldwin was a conservative politician and a former British Prime Minister. He was born in 1857 in Bewdley Worcestershire. He was educated at Cambridge University and he became the vice-chairman of an iron and steel business owned by his family. Stanley Baldwin was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1906 and in 1921 became the President of the Board of Trade. In 1923, he succeeded Bonar Law as England’s Prime Minister. His period in office included Edward VII abdication, Ramsay MacDonald coalition, and the General Strike of 1926. He died in 1947.

A. E. Housman

In 1859, A. E. Housman was born in Fockbury, Worcestershire. He was educated at Bromsgrove School where he won lots of prizes for his poetry. In his poem Bredon Hill he wrote about Worcestershire. A. E. Housman is one of the greatest classical scholars that the UK ever produced. He died in 1936.

William Richard Morris

William was born in Worcester in 1877. He was the creator of the Morris motor car and was linked to the creation of Droitwich Spa. He was a generous philanthropist that became an honorary freeman of Droitwich Spa in 1951. He worked in Oxford as a maker and repairer of bicycles before moving to cars. Morris founded his business in Oxford where he produced his first 400 cars. He was one of the first to introduce the mass production of cars. In 1934, he was made a Baron and in 1938 he became a viscount. Morris donated to many local hospitals and helped Alexander Fleming fund the research that led to the discovery of penicillin. He devoted most of his life to philanthropy which made him a household name. He died in 1963.

John Corbett

John Corbett was born in Brierley Hill in 1817. His father was a prominent operator and owner of canal boats. He owned a thriving salt work on the banks of the Birmingham and Worcester canal bear Droitwich Spa. This earned him the nickname “The Salt King”. Through his innovative discovery on how to extract salt from the ground, he revolutionised commercial salt manufacturing. Corbett was also a philanthropic employer who did a lot to improve the living and working conditions of his employees. Corbett was also a member of parliament for Mid Worcestershire and Droitwich Spa. Chateau Impney was the grand house he built for himself. It is now a conference centre and hotel.

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