We had a good day in Worcester on Monday. I had had a new pair of trousers for Christmas, very clearly labelled, in four places, 38” waist. Tried them on and a nasty shock, they didn’t fit. I thought I’d eaten too much at Christmas but no, they were only 36”. So back to M & S for another pair.
We travelled by bus. There is an excellent service direct from Redditch at 9.40am operated by Dudley’s Coaches which takes you into the City Centre. Our first stop is always a coffee at Druckers, opposite Huntingdon Hall in the Crowngate Centre. Then to M & S and a very nice pair of trousers, Blue Harbour Luxury jeans and they fit very well.
Time then to split up, Ruth likes to browse the shops and I like to wander with my camera. These images are the result of my wanderings. I try to picture various buildings and details which are mentioned in the Pevsner guide so I can get more information when I get home. Worcester has some good 18th and 19th century buildings and it’s possible to spend many days seeking them all out if you wish to. These are a few bits and pieces to be going on with.
Fish Street runs off the west side of High Street at its south end. No 21 and the Farriers Arms pub are both 17th century. St Helen’s Church is a 15th century building with a 19th century exterior, the result of renovations and rebuilding by Preedy in 1863 and, more extensively, by Aston Webb in 1879/80. Closed as a church in the 1930’s, I think, and used as the County Record Office from 1957 to 2002. Now the Parish Centre for the City Centre Parish but I’ve never been able to find it open!
The former Police Station in Copenhagen Street, also just off the High Street. Built in 1862 for the City Of Worcester Force and used until 1941. The City of Worcester Force merged with three County Police forces to form West Mercia Police in 1967. The spire is all that remains of St Andrew’s Church, demolished in the late 1940’s. 155ft high and known locally as the “Glover’s Needle.”
Interesting artwork in brick and terracotta on the wall of Crowngate Shopping Centre, c1990. Opposite Huntingdon Hall.
St Swithins Street from the east end by St Swithuns Church. I don’t know why the difference in spelling! A fine sweep of Victorian buildings.
St Swithins Street from the west end at High Street. The pediment on the far end of the Nat West Bank bears the inscription “ Rebuilt Inglethorpe’s Trust 1890.” Richard Inglethorpe was a wealthy Worcester merchant who died childless in 1618. He left his fortune to found almshouses for six poor men, and one poor woman who had to look after them. You can read the whole story here. The newspaper story, from 2002, says the site is still owned by Worcester Municipal Charities who are presumably getting a nice income.
The Cross. Four fine buildings. The nearest is early 18th century. The next one along, built as a bank but now Costa Coffee, in Baroque style, early 20th century. Lloyds Bank next to it was built in 1861 as the head office of the Worcester City and County Bank. Pevsner calls it superb. Finally the former St Nicholas Church, now a Slug and Lettuce pub/restaurant. Built in the 1730’s and closed as a church in 1992. (One of 9 Worcester churches to close in the 20th century.)
We met up for a buffet lunch at a Chinese restaurant which was OK, and returned home by bus mid afternoon. A good day out. One more picture, some almond blossom right outside the cathedral. Lovely to see blossom in January.