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Most of the town rests upon a declivity at the S. extremity of the Malvern Hills. It contains many old-fashioned houses, and on the W. side is the Gloucester and Hereford Canal. Among the industries of the town are tanning and malting; but the produce of orchards and hop gardens may be said to form the staple commodities of trade. Cider and perry are made in quantities. In the neighbourhood are quarries of limestone and grey marble.

John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887)