"Worcestershire or Worcester, an inland county bounded on the NW
by Salop, on the N by Staffordshire, on the E by Warwickshire, on the S
by Gloucestershire, and on the W by Herefordshire. Its outline is very irregularly
quadrangular. Its boundaries are mostly artificial. Its greatest length
from N to S is about 34 miles; its greatest breadth is about 30 miles, its
circuit is about 220 miles; and its area is 480,560 acres."
from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5