Worcestershire

Droitwich Spa had been a centre for Salt Mining and became a key settlement during the Roman era known as Salinae. Droitwich Spa brine exists far below the ground and emanates at the surface as springs. Droitwich Brine is the strongest natural salt water known, and contains 30% natural salts. This is 10 times more concentrated than normal sea water, making it as dense as the Dead Sea.

The Borough of Droitwich continued to be England’s major salt producing centre for centuries, and is the most frequently mentioned town (11 times) in the Domesday Book.

In 1595 Edward Winslow Sr was listed as an Under-Sheriff and based in Droitwich Spa when his son Edward Jr was born. Edward Winslow was baptised at St Peters Church and would have spent his younger years near the church where there is now a beautiful park and outdoor Lido.

At the age of 10 Edward Winslow would have finished his local education and other boys of his age would be looking to get work in various jobs, however Edward was championed for a scholarship by the Dean of Worcester Cathedral. This wonderful opportunity meant that he would have been educated alongside more well of students including sons of the titled gentry. This education is what afforded Edward the opportunities outside of running a salt mine like his father or selling cotton which was a main trade of Worcester at the time.

Worcester in 1606 would have been full of Tudor houses in the style of timber frames with wattle and daub creating the walls housing its nearly 7,000 population within the City Walls. King John was a guest at the Cathedral in October 1189 when he visited the city and met with Welsh nobility. He continued to stay there during many visits to the city during his requested in his will that he should be buried there upon his death. The will is held in the Cathedral Library. Royal guests to Worcester Cathedral included a succession of English kings and queens including Queen Elizabeth I in August 1575, 21 years before Edward Winslow would join the Cathedral for 5 years of further education.

The Battle of Worcester which saw King Charles II flee the city to escape the country saw a lot of damage to it’s buildings including the remains of the Castle luckily a lot of the original buildings still exist along Friar St as they would have done in the 16th Century when Edward lived just 2 minutes walk away at the Cathedral. Friar St is a beautiful windy road full of Tudor houses built from 1400 onward with some of them now hiding behind 17th Century facades of brickwork. You can discover more of the history of Worcester by visiting, The Tudor House, The Commandery or Greyfriar's House and Gardens as well as booking a private tour with Discover History.

Visiting Worcestershire

Worcester is home to an amazing evolving history, including the first and last battle of the Civil War, a visit from future presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson who were keen to see the site they regarded as the place where democracy was effectively born, large glove making industry, the creative home of the much loved Worcestershire Sauce and manufacturing of Royal Worcester Porcelain up until 2009.

Resent investment in the city has seen changes to the High Street with the addition of great shops, with several eatery squares and corners of the city. The investment in the riverside with the Ring Arts project and Riverside Park designation work will enhance the visitor experience along the riverside as well. Walk to the top of Worcester Cathedral Tower to take it all in for yourself.

Worcestershire is a county full of rolling hills, market towns and the city of Worcester. Home to the sauce of the same name, other iconic English brands in this region include Morgan Motors. There are many churches, abbeys and other historic buildings to see around the county. The Cathedral of Worcester being particularly impressive.

Worcestershire is well-known for its food and drink, the annual asparagus and plum festivals celebrate some of the counties local produce; cider is also produced here. The market town of Droitwich is famed for its salt production and is on the canal - so boat trips and boating holidays are an option.

Worcestershire is conveniently located close to Stratford Upon Avon - home of the famous Bard Shakespeare and the stunning Costwolds countryside.

Worcester Mayflower Highlights

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Worcester Cathedral

Historic Site

One of England's loveliest cathedrals, Worcester Cathedral has been a place of prayer and worship for fourteen centuries and is dedicated to Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The present Cathedral building was begun in 1084. Its attractions include King John's tomb, Prince Arthur's chantry, the early 12th Century Chapter House and tranquil St. Wulfstan's crypt. Edward Winslow was educated at King’s School Worcester, which is situated in the Cathedral precinct and was at the time run by the Cathedral. He was one of ten students championed for a scholarship by the Dean of the Cathedral. His admission is listed in the Cathedral Library. At the time that he attended, from April 1606 aged 10 to April 1611 aged 15, the school room would have been in College Hall (previously the monastic refectory). Edward would have studied Grammar, Latin and Greek.

St Peters Church Droitwich Spa

St Peter's Church, Droitwich Spa

Church or religious building

Originally there would have been a wooden Saxon church on the site f St Peters, however no traces of it remain today. The current church building still retains parts of its original Norman building including the chancel arch which is a fine example of the Norman style. The Church was extended in the 12th century to the south. The south east window contains a very old example of stained glass work. There was another extension to the north side of the building added in the 14th Century. The tower was built in 1500 AD and the church we still see today was completed. The Vestry was built onto the church in 1973 dedicated to the memory of Edward Winslow who was baptised in this church in 1595. Edward Winslow then went on to be one of the Pilgrim Fathers who sailed o the Mayflower and he served 3 times as governor of the Plymouth colony.

Droitwich Spa Heritage and Information Centre

Droitwich Spa Heritage and Information Centre

Museum

The Droitwich Spa Heritage and Information Centre is housed on the former Brine Baths site, which was first established in the 1880’s. The present black and white building, known as St. Richard’s House, dates from the 1930’s and consists of a very friendly and welcoming Tourist Information Centre, a fascinating permanent local history exhibition, BBC radio room and has a small but comprehensive range of brass rubbing plates.

Tudor House Worcestershire

Tudor House Museum, Worcester

Museum

Situated on one of the most historic streets in Worcester this 16th century timber framed building brings a vanished Worcester back to life. Inside the house you can see the original wattle and daub of the walls and trace 500 year old carpenter’s marks on some of the timber joints.

Worcester Commandery

The Commandery

Visitor Attraction

A glorious Grade I listed building dating back to the 12th century. The Commandery has a long and varied history that reflects its range of architectural styles from mediaeval to Victorian. The Commandery has exciting stories to tell you about, power, greed, war, wealth, romance, death, society and industry. Step back in time to catch a glimpse of the lively characters that have inhabited this ancient building during the past seven centuries

The Greyfriars, Friar Street Worcester

Greyfriar's House & Garden NT

Museum

Set in the heart of historic Worcester, The Greyfriar's is a stunning timber-framed merchant’s house where you can get away from the hustle and bustle. This unique house and garden was rescued by two extraordinary people with a vision to rescue this medieval gem and create a peaceful oasis.

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