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Upper Arley is a village near Kidderminster in Worcestershire, England. It has a station called Arley on the Severn Valley Railway, Britain's leading preserved steam railway ; one pub; and is an estate willage, formerly owned in the 19th century by the Earls of Mountnorris - who's heir , Viscount Valentia, gave his name to the village's second and now defunct pub.
In the late 20th century, it was owned by the philanthropist and iron & steel tycoon Roger Turner , who bought the estate after selling his family's Staffordshire tubemaking businesses , called the Wellington Steel Tube Co.Ltd. There are a number of injokes to this legacy on the estate- a large redwood tree of the Wellingtonia variety stands very out of place at the entrance to the manor building called Arley House; and the estate buildings- be they commercial or residential- are coloured green and cream , the corporate colours of the Wellington companies.
By 2000 and the death of Turner, part of his private park was opened to the public as Arley Arboretum . Symbolically, Turner lies buried in the churchyard and next to the gate leading to the Arboretum and House.
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