Businesses located at SVR stations
Several coal merchants and other businesses had offices or depots at SVRSevern Valley Railway stations. This list also includes goods agents and independently run refreshment rooms.
Dates given are earliest and latest known references. Businesses may have been in operation before and after those dates.
- Miss M. A. Allard, refreshment rooms. 1879.
- South Wales and Cannock Chase Coal and Coke Company Limited, Railway station. 1879.
- Thomas Bantock, Goods Agent. 1879 to at least 1940.
- William Boycott, coal merchant, Railway wharf. 1879.
- Thomas William Thomson, coal merchant, agent for Bantock & Co., general carriers, Railway wharf. 1879.
- John William Powell, coal merchant, Railway station. 1896. Powell was trading as a coal and coke merchant from York Street from 1855 with a later building from 1901, The Old Ticket Office, forming part of Stourport Heritage Rooms. Also owned Private Owner wagons.
- Neri (Levi) Wooldridge, coal and lime merchant, Wribbenhall; depot at Railway station. 1879.
- Elizabeth Wooldridge, coal & salt merchant, Wribbenhall. 1899. 1891 and 1901 census returns suggest Levi moved out prior to 1891 and later retired, and Elizabeth continued the business with their sons George (coal merchant) and Charles.
|Trader||Business||Earliest and latest known references||Reference||Notes|
|Mr. Done||Refreshment rooms||1863||||Occupied the first and second-class refreshment rooms destroyed by fire in 1863|
|Andrew Hatton||Refreshment rooms||1869 - 1879|||
|William Thomas Martin||Refreshment rooms||1892 - 1900|||
|Thomas Bantock||Goods agent||1870 - 1953||||Thomas Bantock expanded his cartage agreements with the GWRGreat Western Railway to include most of the Black Country goods yards including Bewdley, Kidderminster and Stourport.|
|George Ferrer Green||Timber dealer and Iron and Worcester moulding sand merchant||1871 - 1879||||Railway yard. Also at Upper Mitton, Stourport and at premises in Hartlebury.. Business liquidated in 1865 and 1875, although still listed in a trade directory 1879|
|Benjamin Beach||Coal agent||1876 - 1900||||Railway station. Agent for South Wales and Cannock Chase Coal and Coke Company Limited - see separate entry|
|South Wales and Cannock Chase Coal and Coke Company Limited||Coal merchant||1876 – 1936|| 
|Railway station (Benjamin Beach named as agent 1879, see separate entry). Company based at Worcester. Also owned Private Owner wagons.|
|Henry Barrett||Coal merchant||1892 - 1914||
|Railway station. Also owned Private Owner wagons|
|George Bayley||Coal merchant||1889 - 1921|| 
|Alfred Davis||Coal merchant||1886 - 1948|| 
|Railway station. Also owned Private Owner wagons|
|John & Alfred Findon||Coal merchant||1896 - 1905||||Railway station yard. Listed as John & Alfred Findon in 1896 and as A. Findon in 1905|
|Thomas Tandy||Coal merchant||1896 - 1900||||Railway station yard|
|Pearson & Co.||Coal merchant||1900 - 1948||||Station yard. Possible connection to B. Pearson & Co. (see separate entry). Arthur B. Pearson was fined during World War I for delivering an underweight load of coal, which he claimed resulted from a shortage of adult labour following conscription.|
|B. Pearson & Co.||Builders merchant||1914 - 1936||||Station yard. Possible connection to Pearson & Co. (see separate entry).|
|R. Woodward and Co.||Coal merchant||1905||||Station Wharf|
|AustinJohn Austin GRA, renowned Bridgnorth-based member of The Guild of Railway Artists Brothers||Coal merchants||1912 - 1948||||Station yard|
|Albert E. Bayley||Isinglass importer||1912 - 1936||||Station approach. See separate entry for A. E. Bayley, brewer: isinglass is used in brewing.|
|Alfred Howell||Coal merchant||1912 - 1936||||28 Chester Rd. & Station yard|
|George Summers||Coal merchant||1912||||Station yard|
|W. C. Caswell||Coal merchant||1933||||Station yard|
|The Economic Coal Co.||Coal merchant||1933||||Station yard. Also owned Private Owner wagons. Several railway model websites have the same text, of unknown provenance: "The Economic Coal Company were a relatively unknown coal merchants from Kidderminster, who bought their wagons in 1910, but continued to trade until 1966, when it was wound up." In circa 1913 they also seemingly used a canal wharf in Wolverhampton.|
|W. Field||Sand merchant||1933||||Station yard|
|William Bowen & Son||Coal merchant||1936||||Station Drive|
|A. E. Bayley||Brewer||1933 - 1936||||Station approach. See separate entry for Albert E. Bayley, isinglass importer: isinglass is used in brewing.|
|Samuel P. Hunt||Goods agent||1892 - 1900|||
|Lunt Bros||Coal merchant||1936 - 1948||||Station drive|
|Thomas. A. Winwood||Coal & coke merchant||1936 - 1948||||Station Drive|
|Kidderminster Industrial Co-operative Society Ltd.||1936||||Station Drive|
|W. H. Smith & Son||Booksellers & news agents||1861 - 1905||||The bookstall closed in 1905 after the GWRGreat Western Railway demanded a rent increase. A shop opened on Comberton Hill the following year.|
|Wyman & Sons Limited||News agents||1912 - 1948||||Railway station|
|Pickfords/National Freight Corporation||Road transport||1948 - 1985||Kidderminster goods shed, now the SVRSevern Valley Railway carriage works.|
|Charringtons||Coal merchant||1996||||Vacated the coal yard in 1996, at which time GWR 57976 became SVRSevern Valley Railway property.|
- Thomas Whitefoot, refreshment rooms. 1868. Also at The Crown, and Royal Hotel.
- Browning & Wealey, refreshment rooms. 1880 - 1895.
- Bookstall. The Official Guide to the Great Western Railway of 1890 mentions a bookstall and refreshment room with no further details. 
- William Grantham, refreshment rooms. 1913.
- South Wales and Cannock Chase Coal and Coke Company Limited (Joseph Harry Ritson named as agent), Railway Wharf. 1866 - 1913.
- Joseph Harry Ritson, corn, cake, seed, salt, manure, coal & lime merchant, Railway station. 1891 - 1895.
- George James Eveson, coal merchant, Railway station. 1891 - 1912.
- Charles E. Pickering, agricultural implement agent, Railway station. 1913.
- George Thorpe (also known as ‘Elias’), refreshment rooms. circa 1965.
- Caswell & Bowden, coal merchant, Railway station. 1891. Caswell & Bowden were coal merchants and brokers based in Birmingham. Also owned Private Owner wagons.
- Richard Johns, railway waggon builder and repairer, general wheelwright and implement maker, Station Hill, Kidderminster. 1879.
- George Brown, 'Lime, cement & builders' merchants, sculptors and slating contractors' of Station Hill, Kidderminster had a private owner wagon built by GRC&WGloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company in 1903. In 2009 The Erlestoke Manor Fund commissioned a George Brown and Sons limited edition 00 gauge model.
- The GWRGreat Western Railway plan of Hampton Loade Station shows "Mr G.H.Glaze's tramway", possibly used during site clearance of the old Hampton Loade Forge. More information on Hampton Loade Forge, including a photo of an aerial ropeway used for carrying slag across the river to the station can be found on the Alveley Historical Society web site
The first accident insurance policies were developed in the mid-1800s to cover railway accidents and steam boiler explosions. Several Station Masters also acted as agents for insurance companies.
- 1867, Mr J. N. Hunt was listed as an agent for The Railway Passengers Assurance Company at Bridgnorth Station. The stationmaster at that time was Isaac Norris Hunt, so this may be a typo, although if so, it was repeated in several adverts without correction.
- 1879, Kidderminster Station Master, John Mayers, was listed as an agent for Imperial Union Accident Assurance Co. Ltd., London Assurance Corporation (Fire And Life) and Queen Insurance Company.
- 1879, Bewdley, 'The Station Master, Great Western Railway station', was listed as an agent for Imperial Union Accident Assurance Co. Ltd. Thomas Appleton was Station Master at that time.
- 1879, Stourport, 'The Station Master, Great Western Railway station', was listed as an agent for Imperial Union Accident Assurance Co. Ltd. (George) James Simms was Station Master at that time
- Private sidings connected to the Severn Valley Railway
- Collieries served by the Severn Valley Railway
- Littlebury's Directory & Gazetteer of Worcester & District, 1879
- Kelly's Directory of Worcestershire, 1896
- Stourport Heritage Rooms webpage
- Bewdley Bennett's Business Directory 1899
- RootsChat.com forum (Retrieved 22 May 2021)
- Kidderminster & District Archaeological & Historical Society Building Record of Kidderminster Railway Station
- Kidderminster Times and Advertiser for Bewdley & Stourport - Saturday 13 November 1869 on the British Newspaper Archive
- Kelly's Directory of Worcestershire, 1892
- Kelly's Directory of Worcestershire, 1900
- Post Office Directory 1870 (Kidderminster Section)
- Worcester Herald - Saturday 02 December 1871
- Worcester Journal Saturday 6 March 1875 on the British Newspaper Archive
- Post Office Directory of Worcestershire 1876
- Kelly's Directory of Worcestershire, 1912
- Bennett's Business Directory for Worcestershire, 1914
- Kelly's Directory 1916 Kidderminster Section
- Kelly's Directory 1936 Kidderminster Section
- Midland Counties of England Trade Directory 1948-49
- Worcester News, 16 May 2001 (Retrieved 21 May 2021)
- Turton, Keith, 'Private Owner Wagons: A Third Collection' Lightmoor Press (2004) ISBN:9781899889167, 1899889167, p. 88
- Bennetts's Business Directory for Worcestershire, Kidderminster section 1905
- Kelly's Directory 1921 Kidderminster Section
- Kidderminster Shuttle Industrial Number 1903
- Broadfield Guide to Kidderminster 1889
- Cope's Directory & Buyers Guide for Worcestershire Kidderminster section
- Kidderminster & District Archaeological & Historical Society, Great War Britain Kidderminster: Remembering 1914-18, The History Press, 2014 via Google Books (Retrieved 20 May 2021)
- Wolverhampton History and Heritage website (Retrieved 19 May 2021)
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 94, article by David Wilcock
- SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition p. 76.
- Slater's Directory of Glos, Herefs, Mon, Shrops & Wales, 1868
- Slater's Directory of N & S Wales etc., 1880.
- Kelly's Directory of Shropshire, 1891
- Kelly's Directory of Herefordshire & Shropshire, 1895
- The Official Guide to the Great Western Railway (1890) on Google Books
- Kelly's Directory of Shropshire, 1913
- Bridgnorth Journal and South Shropshire Advertiser. - Saturday 20 January 1866 on the British Newspaper Archive
- Cassey & Co.'s Directory of Shropshire, 1871
- Postcard on eBay (Retrieved 21 May 2021)
- 'Manor from Heaven' webpage, Erlestoke Manor Fund website (Retrieved 23 May 2021)
- A History of UK Insurance, Swiss Re, 2013
- Bridgnorth Journal and South Shropshire Advertiser. - Saturday 19 October 1867 on the British Newspaper Archive.