Tuesday, 8 February 2011


Great weekend in Worcester with friends. Worcester is a fascinating city with lots of interest. The cathedral, of course, dominates the city.

There’s also an array of secular architecture including one disused Church which is now a Slug and Lettuce.

The Guildhall has a beautiful victorian assembly room. It’s interesting that the tradesmens’ guilds built this as a meeting place for the city and became the leaders of the municipality. Is this an early example of the Big Society?

The corporation fire buckets are still on display - presumably if your house caught fire you ran down to the Guildhall and grabbed one.

The Berkeley almshouses were donated to the city in 1705. They accommodated 12 men and only one woman!

There’s a large new development to the south of the city with a new cable-stayed bridge across the Severn.

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