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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A fantastic holiday

We had a fantastic holiday here this Christmas! Being right next to the Cathedral for Christmas services was wonderful and we were minutes away from the shops! The beds were really comfortable and the hot water was always available - the shower was good too. Everything worked perfectly and the kitchen was fantastically well equipped - even for cooking a Christmas dinner for six! Thank you so much for making our stay so lovely!

Mrs Preston. December 2015.
2016-02-08T01:47:58+00:00
We had a fantastic holiday here this Christmas! Being right next to the Cathedral for Christmas services was wonderful and we were minutes away from the shops! The beds were really comfortable and the hot water was always available - the shower was good too. Everything worked perfectly and the kitchen was fantastically well equipped - even for cooking a Christmas dinner for six! Thank you so much for making our stay so lovely! Mrs Preston. December 2015.

Ideally situated

Having recently returned from a stay at this beautiful cottage, I cannot recommend it highly enough. The house is tastefully decorated and well maintained, the beds and furniture are very comfortable, and the place is lovely and clean. There is no doubt that every effort has been made to make the visitor’s stay as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. I particularly liked the fresh flowers, and selection of ‘goodies’ (fresh coffee, biscuits etc) which made me feel very welcome. The owners are lovely people who were very accommodating, and were incredibly helpful during the booking process and throughout my stay. The house is ideally situated within walking distance of the city’s shops and amenities. I have already recommended this lovely place to my friends and colleagues and will definitely be returning in the new year!

Mrs Doherty. December 2016
2016-12-17T07:49:15+00:00
Having recently returned from a stay at this beautiful cottage, I cannot recommend it highly enough. The house is tastefully decorated and well maintained, the beds and furniture are very comfortable, and the place is lovely and clean. There is no doubt that every effort has been made to make the visitor’s stay as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. I particularly liked the fresh flowers, and selection of ‘goodies’ (fresh coffee, biscuits etc) which made me feel very welcome. The owners are lovely people who were very accommodating, and were incredibly helpful during the booking process and throughout my stay. The house is ideally situated within walking distance of the city’s shops and amenities. I have already recommended this lovely place to my friends and colleagues and will definitely be returning in the new year! Mrs Doherty. December 2016

a thoroughly enjoyable time

We had a thoroughly enjoyable time exploring Worcester and the surrounding area, and have been extremely happy with well equipped and comfortable accommodation. We really appreciated the 'welcome pack' and fresh flowers. Thank you also, for the information on local events and activities, and we also found the books on the local area interesting and useful. We will certainly recommend the cottage to friends.

Sue and Peter, Twickenham. June 2016
2016-12-23T10:22:55+00:00
We had a thoroughly enjoyable time exploring Worcester and the surrounding area, and have been extremely happy with well equipped and comfortable accommodation. We really appreciated the 'welcome pack' and fresh flowers. Thank you also, for the information on local events and activities, and we also found the books on the local area interesting and useful. We will certainly recommend the cottage to friends. Sue and Peter, Twickenham. June 2016

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.