Worcester, England (pronounced...
Worcester, England (pronounced Woo-ster). I spent 4 months here in 1989 and really got to know it well. It's a very attractive English city with a beautifu 13th century cathedral, meandering river Severn and some decent small museums. The cathedral has the largest Norman crypt in England. Worcester is probably most famous for Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce and for Royal Worcester porcelain. Both have factories in Worcester which is a nice change and both offer vistors something to see. And Royal Worcester sweetens the deal by having a discount shop on seconds especially during January and July sales. I picked up some beautiful Royal Worcester there for so much cheaper than in the USA. Walk the Shambles, a very attractive street, visit the craft centre at the river and enjoy life in a traditional British city. Worcester is kind of in-between Oxford and Birmingham.
The Eagle Vaults has the most wonderful art Deco tiling on the outside. The actual building is older, probably Charles ll, but the decoration dates from the 1890's. It's worth seeking out just for that, although reviews indicate the inside is pretty traditional too (I didn't go in, too busy).
On the corner of Pump Street and Friar Street in the city centre.
The Royal Worcester Porcelain Factory
Porcelain is one of the things that Worcester is famous for and there is plenty to do at the Royal Worcester Porcelain Factory. Guided tours are available to see how figurines and various plates, mugs etc. are made and painted with their intricate designs. There is also a museum with an audio tour. Kids are not forgotten, there is a Fascinating Facts Trail to explore and the chance to paint a plate.
The Best Ware Shop sells the full Royal Worcester range with Seconds and Clearance shops for those of us who haven’t got a King’s ransom to spend.
Open 7 days a week, check the website for opening times of the various attractions.
"Cathedral, Cricket & Ceramics"
Worcester is famous for all three. Royal Worcester porcelain is among the most collectable in the world, Worcester County Cricket club one of the most formidable in the country and Worcester cathedral one of oldest and grandest in England.
Worcester is a great city for a day out. It's fairly compact has a lot of interesting places to visit. The cathedral of course but there are also fine half timbered buildings of note in the city centre and some superb examples of Victorian architecture as well.
Worcester also has a decent shopping centre and excellent road and rail links.
November/December 2000 floods
The river was over 5.6metres above normal for this time of year. Shortly after I took this photo the road and bridge was closed to the public and traffic.
My source says that this photo was taken in 2003 but I think it was the 2000 flood. The main building on the left is a mid 19th century warehouse used for grain and hops. The goods were loaded into boats called "Severn Trows" for shipment down the River Severn to Gloucester or Bristol.
The tall spire is All Saints but more commonly known as "Glovers Needle". On the right is Worcester Cathedral.