Droitwich Spa Heritage and Information Centre

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 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.

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