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.
Using audio interpretation and on site interpreters, The Commandery's long hidden history comes vividly to life, allowing you to explore 6 chosen periods, enjoying the characters and the atmosphere of the buildings colourful past.
2017 will see the new Worcester Civil War Story come to life as a new permanent exhibition will sweep visitors back over 350 years into a murky, conflicted 17th century Worcester of fiery debates, the smell of gunpowder and dank city streets.
Worcester is the city where the English Civil War began and ended, from the initial skirmish at Powick in 1642 to the final clash between Royalists and Parliamentarians in the Battle of Worcester in 1651.
In this new exhibition, extravagant murals will conjure up a world of Royalist decadence, with original objects on display and portraits of fascinating 17th century characters.
There will be opportunities to master the Parliamentarians' tactical techniques on a battlefield strategy interactive, uncover stories of families torn apart by war and come face to face with the death mask of Oliver Cromwell.
The Presidents' Rooms will bring to life an 18th century Georgian parlour, in memory of the important visit in 1786 of senators John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to Worcester's Fort Royal Hill. Such is the importance of Worcester's story, that the future second and third Presidents of the US stood overlooking The Commandery and proclaimed that "this is holy ground, much holier than that on which your churches stand. All England should come in Pilgrimage to this Hill, once a Year."
Civil War City trails will take visitors further afield to discover the final resting place of the Duke of Hamilton in Worcester Cathedral, the musket ball marks on Powick Church and more Civil War stories that have left their marks across the city.
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.
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.
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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