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.
The Tourist Information Centre offers a warm welcome to visitors and provides a wide selection of free literature allowing visitors to “discover” places to visit in and around Droitwich Spa and in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside.
The permanent exhibition shows the fascinating story of the town from pre-Roman times to modern day. Excavations in the town have revealed much about early Droitwich and its salt industry; many of these remains are in excellent condition. Reconstructed faces from Roman skulls reveal some incredible facts about their lifestyles and their appearance.
The salt industry is traced, using displays and many old photographs, through Roman, Saxon and Medieval periods including the 16th Century when Edward Winslow’s father owned a salt pit and finally the Victorian era of the “Salt King”, John Corbett is studied with audio-visual display which depicts the harsh reality of working in hot, steamy conditions in the salt works.
In the Town Centre you will find an artist panel within St Andrews Shopping Centre depicting Droitwich Spa’s Roman history until the early modern period. Amongst the historical events featured is King Ethelbald granting Evesham Abbey the right to a Droitwich salt pit, King John granting salt rights to the burgess of Droitwich in, St Richard in his bishops robes and Edward Winslow, Pilgrim Father.
St Andrew Square features a bronze statue of Edward Winslow of Droitwich. Born in 1595 in the town and baptised in St Peters Church, he was one of the founding fathers of America who sailed on the Mayfower in 1620. He was governor there for many years. The statue was sculpted by Sara Ingleby-Mackenzie.
While here you may be interested to visit the interior of the Church of the Sacred Heart and Saint Catherine of Alexandria, located on the Worcester Road, which is a must see! Covered in millions of Italian glass mosaic tiles, it depicts the life of Saint Richard De Wyche and other biblical scenes.
The church is a modern building where construction began on 25 November 1919 and the first Mass was said on 24 November 1921. The architects ‘endeavoured to capture the spirit of the early Christian basilicas in Rome and Ravenna’. The interior decoration of the church was began in 1922 and was largely, but not entirely, completed ten years later. The designer was Gabriel Pippet of Solihull and Oxford, who did the carving himself; his mosaicists were Maurice R. Josey and Fred Oates.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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