Worcester County Cricket Club play at New Road, one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the country.
Although they are not now in the top division they have boasted some of the worlds most famous players over the years, including, Graham Hick and Ian Botham. Eyes to watch the game, sunscreen hat and sunglasses in case it gets too hot as you will be out in the open for a long time.
As with all Medieval English cities, there are clues to the past still dotted about even if the layout and buildings are not longer there. For example, any road with 'Butts' in its name may well be where the Medieval 'butts' were........every man was required to practise archery once a week, and this was the place in the town or village where it was done.
This streetname in Worcester probably means exactly what it says (I have been unable to find its derivation) but it's a good one anyway, especially as there are still several cafes there! 'Mealcheapen street' indeed!
This wonderful 18th century building with it's magnificent painted facade and statues of King Charles I, King Charles II and Queen Anne is located on the High Street a short walk away from the cathedral. The tourist information office is located here as well a cafe to stop for some refreshments. The building is owned by the city council and used as a venue for meetings and private functions.
Built in 1368-9, the Edgar Tower is an imposing gateway into what were the precincts of the Priory of St Mary (after the Dissolution this area became the Kings School, with other monastic buildings housing secular cathedral canons etc). It was originally known as 'St Mary's Gate', but in the eighteenth century it was thought to date from the reign of King Edgar (10th century) and the name stayed.
From Tibberton to Worcester by Canal 27 July 2002
We passed under a railroad bridge, (above) with the interesting hole in it, and intended to go into the Viking boat basin to get water (this is right next to the bridge and it is a very tight turn-the entrance is the 'door' in the middle of the triangular brickwork that you see under the bridge). We are starting to see more urban scenery. I don't know what building has this clock on it.
The canal path is now paved and the edge of the canal is brick. There are moorings along the sides which are set in permanently. It would not be possible just to stick a stake into the ground and moor here.
We decided to go all the way down into Worcester almost to the Severn locks (the last 2 on the canal) and get water and turn around in the Diglis basin ready to come back.
This is a better picture of the bottom of the lock gate which shows how easily the boat rudder can come down on the sill which sticks out under the water, which can damage the rudder. When the water is up at the top of the lock you can't see this.
Bob took over running the boat in Worcester, and as we approached the Sidbury Lock which was the last one we were going to do in that direction. We were going to go down and turn around and come back up the lock and be ready to leave the next morning to go back. From here we could eat in the Kings Arms (photo) or access the town and cathedral easily.
We saw a lady and a little girl in a colonial costume feeding the ducks in front of the lock. We came in to let our SIL, daughter and grandson off to work the lock, and apparently one of the ducks got between the boat and the brick side of the canal and was killed. The lady had a fit.
But as the boat yard manager said - you can't maneuver an 18 ton boat that precisely, and also you can't see from the steering position exactly what is in front of you because there's a big blind spot.
It left a bad taste in everyone's mouths because we all felt that the lady who was feeding the ducks had caused the problem (because even baby ducks can swim faster than our boat if they are paying attention) and she was very officious and said she would report it to the RSPCA and there would be a big fine.
Some guy (presumably her boss) wanted us to stop for us to talk to him in the middle of locking down, or under the bridge (see photo)which was next to the lock.
We couldn't do that of course, because we'd have been in the way of any other traffic wanting to use the lock. He didn't seem to understand that you can't just stop a boat like you can a car by putting on the brakes. Boats have no brakes, and there was no place to tie to in this area.
He came down and told us it was a protected duck (!!!) and endangered etc. They asked for the boat number, which was written in LARGE numbers on the side of the boat, along with the hire companies phone number which he ostentatiously wrote down.
Later found out that the duck which he said was a protected duck (ruddy duck) was in fact an invasive species from North America, which far from being endangered was on the list to be eradicated because it was taking over from the Spanish white-headed duck which is the native duck. It is endangering the white-headed duck by interbreeding.