Kidderminster

Kidderminster

[kid-er-min-ster]
noun
an ingrain carpet 36 inches (91 cm) wide.

Origin:
1660–70; named after the town in Worcestershire, England, where it was first made

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Kidderminster (ˈkɪdəˌmɪnstə)
 
n
1.  a town in W central England, in N Worcestershire on the River Stour: carpet industry. Pop: 55 610 (2001)
2.  a type of ingrain reversible carpet originally made at Kidderminster

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kidderminster

town, Wyre Forest district, administrative and historic county of Worcestershire, west-central England. It is situated along the River Stour and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. Recorded as Stour-in-Usmere in 736 CE, it was given to the comes (count) Cyneberght by King Aethelbald (reigned 716-757). Later it passed to the bishop of Worcester and thence to Cenwulf, king of Mercia (816), and it remained a royal manor until Henry II's reign (1154-89). The town's once-important cloth trade is first mentioned in 1334; carpet manufacture replaced that of woolen goods in 1735. Pop. (2001) 55,348.

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