The Chapter House was built by Bishop Wulfstan (1062-95). The large widows were added in the 14th century, It was the first round chapter house in Europe and it is the oldest chapter house in England. It was used as a meeting place for the Chapter of monks, where the affairs of the cathedral and monastery were discussed.
Go into the crypt................
Worcester Cathedral has the finest example of a Norman crypt still extant. It is plain, simple and calm; you can still imagine how it was when the monks prayed there over 900 years ago. There are some interesting displays and bits of archaeology on show too.
Worcester Tourist Information Centre
Located inside the Worcester Guildhall, this is a good place to begin your visit to the city. IT has all the information about what's on, where to go, and what to do. The Guildhall itself is an interesting buildilng, designed by Thomas White, a protégée of Sir Christopher Wren.
Ach, this was one of my old Dad's places...
The swallows nesting in the outhouse again this summer,
Lovers for these two years that I’ve been here
Always announce the June rain’s end as they
Refurbish their dusty nest, unused since last July,
Since they last mated, joyously, a perfect matched pair.
I watch, and wonder where their travels have taken them,
Places of idiot wars, unnecessary famine and mayhem.
Food aplenty in Africa if insects are to be your feasts
And so perhaps that’s why they return here to Worcestershire
To last year’s dusty joists, and so escaping the beasts.
Two eggs brooded upon, hatched, then hungry emerging fledglings,
Hen and cock both working parents, taking turns, insect-catching.
The young bodies grow bigger than their beaks, taking on
Feathered wings next as gangly legs take a toe-hold on the nest’s edge
- little birds must learn to fly - the sky to seek.