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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Amazing and beautiful house

Amazing and beautiful house in a great location. The host was really helpful and got back with any questions quickly. Nothing was too much trouble. Would highly recommend.

Louise, Jan 2019
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2019-02-07T08:59:45+00:00
Amazing and beautiful house in a great location. The host was really helpful and got back with any questions quickly. Nothing was too much trouble. Would highly recommend. Louise, Jan 2019

Great location

This was in a great location and this house is an amazing historic place with all the comforts of home. Guy has done a great job melding the historic with the modern as well as creature comforts. The house is right next to an amazing 8th Century Cathedral, the High street and a 10 minute walk to the train station. Checking in and out were a breeze. We hope to return this summer. Well done Guy.

Mike, Jan 2019
5.0
2019-02-07T09:09:48+00:00
This was in a great location and this house is an amazing historic place with all the comforts of home. Guy has done a great job melding the historic with the modern as well as creature comforts. The house is right next to an amazing 8th Century Cathedral, the High street and a 10 minute walk to the train station. Checking in and out were a breeze. We hope to return this summer. Well done Guy. Mike, Jan 2019

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
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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
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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
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