Bewdley (File: Loudspeaker.png debate) is a small town in Worcestershire, England. It lies on the banks of the River Severn in the west of Kidderminster, has 10,689 inhabitants (2001) and is part of the district Wyre Forest. The city is a very long time. It was first mentioned in the Domesday book together with the establishment of Wribbenhall as part of the estate of Kidderminster in the 14th century. First named as Beau lieu, French for "Beautiful Place" - a term that goes well with John Leland's saying in his book Itinerary "a man can not wish to see a towne better". The city was the 1472 it retained a Borough, a status to a municipal reform 1,974th Bewdley is now part of Wyre Forest District Council. The present bridge over the River Severn in Bewdley was built in 1798 by Thomas Telford. It is the only Telfordbrücke initially obtained, which is approved for use in motor vehicles. There is speculation by local residents that this was only thanks to a "secret boosting action", which was completed during the Second World War to make if necessary the bridge, for tanks passable. The River Severn occurs in winter often overflowed its banks and flooded while many houses and commercial facilities. For some time are working to strengthen the western shore underway. It is not planned to reinforce the eastern shore essential because of the cost-benefit ratio does not allow this. However, it is contemplated to use a temporary deployable inflatable barrier for the protection of the eastern shore, which is operational since April of 2006. Bewdleys experience with Überflutungsbekämfung in 2002 led to the creation of a National Flood Forum.