Worcestershire is a county in the West Midlands region of England, with a population of about 592,000 people. It is divided into six districts; Worcester, Malvern Hills, Wyre Forest, Bromsgrove, Redditch, and Wychavon.
Worcestershire as a political entity was first recognised in the year 927 AD when it was integrated into the Kingdom of England during the Anglo-Saxon period. It served as one of the main battlegrounds for the English Civil War in the 17th century. The county saw the rise and fall of numerous industries, from gloves and carpets to salt, coal, and iron, with the northern parts of the area historically being part of the Black Country that heavily contributed to England's Industrial Revolution.
Worcestershire has had several changes to its boundaries over the past century, with the current iteration having been settled in 1998 as an administrative and ceremonial county. Hills, farmland, and woodlands make up the geography of the area outside of the urban areas, a large portion of which is part of the West Midlands Green Belt.
Today, the County of Worcestershire finds economic success from different sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture, retail, and science and technology. Celebrated authors C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien have taken inspiration from the county’s countryside in creating their beloved fictional works. The world famous Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce is made in Worcester.