The passing of time...................
I think nothing brings home the age of a building more clearly than the wear on its stone steps. These lead into Prince Arthur's Chantry (by the main altar). Imagine how many (millions?) of feet must have passed over them in order to wear down the stone into its beautful curved shape. And still they pass..........................
Founded by Bishop Wulstan at the end of the 11th century for a master, 4 brethren and a chaplin. It was originally outside the city walls. It was a centre of activity in 1651 during the Civil War when it was King Charles II's HQ during the Battle of Worcester. It is the only museum in the country devoted exclusively to the Civil War.
In August 2005 an archaelogical dig is taking place at The Commandry and I understand the public can join in.
Worcester City Art Gallery And Museum
Opened in 1896 this beautiful Victorian building also includes a cafe, an activity space for young visitors, the city library, a gallery shop. Housing various historical items associated with Worcester. An exhibit opened in 2003 by The Princess Royal titled "The Worcester Soldier" is an impressive collection/exhibit depicting life in The Worcestershire Regiments throughout the ages. This is close to my heart as my Great Great Grandads medals are kept here, along with a picture of him and a brief citation... "The bravest man in the battalion"
Mon - Fri: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Sat 9.30am - 5pm
Jewel of the Three Counties
"Beginners' Guide to Worcester"
As a resident of this glorious county for over 15 years, I feel obliged to relate the particlar features of the place.
Firstly, most people outside the UK have heard of the 'green and pleasant' land that England is perceived to be. Anyone wishing to discover whether this be true will be immediately satisfied when paying a visit to Worcestershire's Severn Valley. Rolling hills, trees, fields, lakes and rivers make this region one of the most delightful spots, depending on the weather, in Western Europe.
Secondly, rural English life still thrives here, although powers outside the area seem determined to put an end to this. Village fetes, parish cricket matches, hop yards and traditional public houses all supported by a web of gossip, local politics and silent, yet fierce, competitiveness, make Worcestershire English through and through. Anyone thinking that London is England is very much mistaken. Go to Worcestershire and enjoy the real England.