Historic Worcester

In 2015 Worcester was ranked in the top ten UK cities for heritage. Boasting a beautiful Norman Cathedral it has strong and identifiable musical, cultural and industrial heritage.

Originally a Roman settlement and then a burgh of Alfred the Great; fortified against Viking raiders along the River Severn, Worcester began to thrive once the city became part of an episcopal see and had a bishop.

King John of Magna Carta fame, – whose favoured hunting ground was Feckenham Forest; covering most of Worcestershire at the time – is buried at his own request in the cathedral chancel. He was flanked by the shrines and tombs of St. Oswald and St. Wulfstan until they were destroyed during the Reformation. Worcester Cathedral is also the final resting place of the brother of King Henry VIII, Prince Arthur; as well as former British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin.

Shakespeare allegedly married Anne Hathaway in Worcester in 1582 to avoid a scandal in Stratford, as she was pregnant at the time!

The first and last battles of the English Civil War were fought at Worcester. The last battle was a bloody affair, with thousands killed in fierce fighting outside the Sidbury Gate, as well as through the city streets. The future King Charles II made his escape from the city on the 3rd September 1651 from a place you can still visit; as it is a public house selling fine food and drink. As committed republicans, US Presidents to be, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, saw Worcester as a beacon for liberty and democracy, and came on a pilgrimage to the city in 1786.

Other famous visitors to Worcester include Elizabeth I and George III, who wasn’t allowed to leave by notorious gate keeper Robert Sleuth until he paid the road toll!

Sir Edward Elgar lived at 2 College Precincts, and is reckoned to have played in the Cathedral Cloisters as a small boy.

Photos by Chris Dobbs LRPS – chris@cd1mages.com


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Worcester is a great city to visit!

Worcester is a great city to visit and this house, under the shadow of the Cathedral and Edward Elgar's boyhood home is a very special place. The house is very well and thoughtfully equipped. We lacked nothing. Guy the owner responded immediately to any query and we are so glad we participated in his Worcester town guided tour. The city is central to a number of National Trust properties and gardens as well as being close to the Malvern Hills for walking. All in all a great experience and highly recommended.

Chris T.  July 2018

 
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2018-08-28T07:49:33+00:00
Worcester is a great city to visit and this house, under the shadow of the Cathedral and Edward Elgar's boyhood home is a very special place. The house is very well and thoughtfully equipped. We lacked nothing. Guy the owner responded immediately to any query and we are so glad we participated in his Worcester town guided tour. The city is central to a number of National Trust properties and gardens as well as being close to the Malvern Hills for walking. All in all a great experience and highly recommended. Chris T.  July 2018  

An amazing house to stay in, especially if you are a music fan!

An amazing house to stay in, especially if you're a music fan! Guy made sure we had everything we could possibly need and more. Can highly recommend- especially if you're involved with something at the cathedral - there's nowhere closer!!

Felicity, Aug 2018
2018-08-28T07:58:45+00:00
An amazing house to stay in, especially if you're a music fan! Guy made sure we had everything we could possibly need and more. Can highly recommend- especially if you're involved with something at the cathedral - there's nowhere closer!! Felicity, Aug 2018

Perfect central location.

Perfect central location and lovely house. Has everything you need and more. Absolutely spotless and lovely little touches. If you’re having a city break I’d highly recommend this location.

Jacqui, July 2018
2018-08-28T08:00:07+00:00
Perfect central location and lovely house. Has everything you need and more. Absolutely spotless and lovely little touches. If you’re having a city break I’d highly recommend this location. Jacqui, July 2018

Fantastic house!

This is a fantastic house in a perfect location. The house was spotless and Guy is a pleasure to deal with answering all our questions exceptionally quickly! Would highly recommend.

Niamh, Aug 2018
2018-08-28T07:56:57+00:00
This is a fantastic house in a perfect location. The house was spotless and Guy is a pleasure to deal with answering all our questions exceptionally quickly! Would highly recommend. Niamh, Aug 2018

Amazing stay!

I can only say glowing things about our stay here! We had an amazing stay. On arrival we were met by Guy and the welcome package, children's Xmas presents, children's cot, highchair, plates. Truly wonderful hosts and felt like home from home. We have a 4 and 2 yr old and Guy kindly organised an Xmas tree in the house for the kids. Nothing was ever too much trouble! We hosted Xmas dinner for our family and will fondly remember this holiday. The house is immaculate and has possibly everything you could ever need! We look forward to stay here again next time we visit Family!

Ben and Bex, Australia. Jan 2017.
2017-01-22T12:56:31+00:00
I can only say glowing things about our stay here! We had an amazing stay. On arrival we were met by Guy and the welcome package, children's Xmas presents, children's cot, highchair, plates. Truly wonderful hosts and felt like home from home. We have a 4 and 2 yr old and Guy kindly organised an Xmas tree in the house for the kids. Nothing was ever too much trouble! We hosted Xmas dinner for our family and will fondly remember this holiday. The house is immaculate and has possibly everything you could ever need! We look forward to stay here again next time we visit Family! Ben and Bex, Australia. Jan 2017.
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