Old Images of Worcester

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Severn Bridge, Worcester

Glimpse history through old images of the city of Worcester, England, UK.

Friar Street

This is an old photo of Friar Street, taken in 1903.

Old photo of Friar Street Worcester 1903
Friar Street – Worcester – 1903

And here’s a closeup with an edited tint, you so can see a bit further down the road.

closeup of Old photo of Friar Street Worcester 1903
Friar Street closeup 1903

Baldwin’s Freedom of City 1923

In 1923, Stanley Baldwin received the Freedom of the City of Worcester. He attended the Guildhall ceremony with his wife, arriving in a car which also contained the Mayor.

It’s a shame that the clip only shows the briefest of glances of the street beyond, and a hazy one at that. But it’s included here because it was a notable event in the city’s twentieth century history, and it contrasts with the 1950 news item below, when Churchill received the same honour at an event celebrated by the wider community.

Mr Baldwin Freedom Of Worcester (1923) – British Pathé on YouTube

Cathedral Wedding 1939

Lots of local women appear in this newreel about the wedding between Mr Kenneth Noel Findley and Miss Mary Eleanor Bertie Roberts, niece of Honourable Humphrey Pakington.

Worcester Cathedral Wedding (1939)- British Pathé on YouTube

Worcester in 1943

Filmed in 1943, during the Second World War, this short item made for cinema screening shows Worcester’s ancient buildings and key and marks. It also shows the city’s famous porcelain being hand painted.

Worcester (1943) – British Pathé on YouTube

Churchill: Freedom of City 1950

In 1950, Winston Churchill received the Freedom of the City of Worcester in a ceremony held at the Guildhall. Thousands of people lined the streets to welcome him.

It was the 35th Freedom of the City Churchill had received. He was accompanied by his wife. Inside the Guildhall, the ceremony was led by the Mayor, Mr T.S. Bennett, overseen by the unnamed Town Clerk.

Worcester Part Of Political Leaders Busy Weekend (1950) – British Pathé on YouTube

Princess Margaret 1952

The arrival of Princess Margaret at the Guildhall in 1952 brought out large crowds of local people to welcome her.

Special – Princess Margaret In Worcester (1952) – British Pathé on YouTube

Floods 1965

Down in the Severn Valley, the floods covered the fields. Even the Worcester Bridge, completed in 1781, looked as though it would soon be overwhelmed. Ansell’s bar was almost knee deep in water.

River Runs Riot (1965) – British Pathé on YouTube

Worcester Buses

These next two videos are trailers for transport DVDs you can buy. Although they focus on the buses, they also show several different locations, passing cars, pedestrians, and nearby buildings and businesses.


WORCESTER BUSES 1997 – DaveSpencer32


WORCESTER BUSES 1998 – DaveSpencer32

Historic Book

Extract from the introduction to:

The Chronicle of Florence of Worcester: With the Two Continuations; Comprising Annals of English History, from the Departure of the Romans to the Reign of Edward I.” by Florence (of Worcester), John (of Worcester), John de Taxster, translated by Thomas Forester, published by H.G. Bohn.

Published 1854

Pages x-xi

With respect to the authorship of the first Continua
tion – independently of what may be gathered from a
careful examination of the passage in Ordericus , -there
is internal evidence that it was compiled by a monk of
Worcester named John , who was cotemporary with the events
which he records . One of these circumstances is sufficiently
indicated by an entry under the year 1038 , in which the writer
says ,
” Be JOHN corrected , if there aught occur
In which the reader finds his pages err . “

That he was cotemporary with the occurrences which he re
lates , appears incidentally from his mode of speaking of king
Stephen , where he says : ” He was , nay is , at the present

moment , desirous of peace ; ” and he mentions Henry de
Blois , bishop of Winchester , and Milo , earl of Hereford , as
living characters from whom he had received certain informa
tion ; whence we also learn that he had access to the
highest sources of intelligence .

The most striking passage
in the volume is , perhaps , that in which he paints , as an eye
witness , the fearful scenes which occurred during an assault
on Worcester by the partisans of the empress Maud , when an
infuriated rabble burst into the abbey church whilst he and
the rest of the monks were chanting primes in the choir.

Indeed , like his predecessor Florence , he is naturally more
diffuse and circumstantial than other chroniclers respecting
occurrences connected with Worcestershire , the neighbouring
counties , and the borders of Wales .

The first Continuation of Florence brings the annals down
to the close of the year 1141 , the period of Stephen’s cap
tivity , after losing the battle of Lincoln . As several of the
manuscripts , however , terminate with the year 1131 , it has
been supposed that the history of the last ten years was the
work of another cotemporary writer ; but so far from there
being internal evidence of any such change , the entry in which
John , the monk of Worcester , introduces his own name , was
inserted as late as 1138. While , therefore , there is no reason
to doubt that the original Chronicle is the genuine pro
duction of Florence , the authorship of the first Continu
ation may be safely ascribed to John , the monk of Worcester ,
who was probably his disciple , and on whom his mantle
worthily fell .

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