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WORCESTER (/ˈwʊstər/ ( listen ) WUUS-tər ) is a city in Worcestershire
Worcestershire
, England
England
, 31 miles (50 km) southwest of Birmingham and 27 miles (43 km) north of Gloucester
Gloucester
. The population is approximately 100,000. The River Severn flanks the western side of the city centre, which is overlooked by the 12th century Worcester Cathedral .

The Battle of Worcester
Battle of Worcester
was the final battle of the English Civil War , where Oliver Cromwell
Oliver Cromwell
's New Model Army
New Model Army
defeated King Charles I\'s Cavaliers
Cavaliers
. Worcester
Worcester
is known as the home of Royal Worcester Porcelain , composer Edward Elgar
Edward Elgar
, Lea text-transform: lowercase;">BC. It would have been on the northern border of the Dobunni
Dobunni
and probably subject to the larger communities of the Malvern hillforts. The Roman settlement at the site passes unmentioned by Ptolemy 's Geography , the Antonine Itinerary
Antonine Itinerary
and the Register of Dignitaries but would have grown up on the road opened between Glevum ( Gloucester
Gloucester
) and Viroconium ( Wroxeter ) in the AD 40s and 50s. It may have been the "Vertis" mentioned in the 7th century Ravenna Cosmography . Using charcoal from the Forest of Dean
Forest of Dean
, the Romans operated pottery kilns and ironworks at the site and may have built a small fort.

In the 3rd century, Roman Worcester
Worcester
occupied a larger area than the subsequent medieval city, but silting of the Diglis Basin caused the abandonment of Sidbury. Industrial production ceased and the settlement contracted to a defended position along the lines of the old British fort at the river terrace's southern end. This settlement is generally identified with the CAIR GUIRAGON listed among the 28 cities of Britain by the History of the Britons attributed to Nennius . This is not a British name but an adaption of its Old English
Old English
name WEORGORAN CEASTER, "fort of the Weorgoran ". The Weorgoran (the "people of the winding river") were precursors of Hwicce and probably West Saxons who entered the area some time after the 577 Battle of Dyrham . In 680, their fort at Worcester
Worcester
was chosen—in preference to both the much larger Gloucester
Gloucester
and the royal court at Winchcombe —to be the seat of a new bishopric , suggesting there was already a well-established and powerful Christian community when the site fell into English hands . The oldest known church was St Helen 's, which was certainly British ; the Saxon cathedral was dedicated to St Peter .

The town was almost destroyed in 1041 after a rebellion against the punitive taxation of Harthacanute . During this time, the townsfolk moved to (and at times were besieged at) the nearby Bevere Island, 2 miles upriver. The following century, the town (then better defended) was attacked several times (in 1139, 1150 and 1151) during the Anarchy , i.e. civil war between King Stephen and Empress Matilda , daughter of Henry I . This is the background to the well-researched historical novel The Virgin in the Ice , part of Ellis Peters ' The Cadfael Chronicles series, which begins with the words:

"It was early in November of 1139 that the tide of civil war, lately so sluggish and inactive, rose suddenly to wash over the city of Worcester, wash away half of its lifestock, property and women and send all those of its inhabitants who could get away in time scurrying for their lives northwards away from the marauders". (These are mentioned as having arrived from Gloucester
Gloucester
, leaving a long lasting legacy of bitterness between the two cities.)

By late medieval times the population had grown to around 10,000 as the manufacture of cloth started to become a large local industry. The town was designated a county corporate , giving it autonomy from local government.

Worcester
Worcester
was the site of the Battle of Worcester
Battle of Worcester
(3 September 1651), when Charles II attempted to forcefully regain the crown, in the fields a little to the west and south of the city, near the village of Powick
Powick
. However, Charles II was defeated and returned to his headquarters in what is now known as King Charles house in the Cornmarket, before fleeing in disguise to Boscobel House
Boscobel House
in Shropshire from where he eventually escaped to France
France
. Worcester
Worcester
had supported the Parliamentary cause before the outbreak of war in 1642 but spent most of the war under Royalist occupation. After the war it cleverly used its location as the site of the final battles of the First Civil War (1646) and Third Civil War (1651) to try to mount an appeal for compensation from the new King Charles II. As part of this and not based upon any historical fact, it invented the epithet "Fidelis Civitas " (The Faithful City) and this motto has since been incorporated into the city's coat of arms .

In 1670, the River Severn burst its banks and the subsequent flood was the worst ever seen by Worcester. A brass plate can be found on a wall on the path to the cathedral by the path along the river showing how high this flood went and other flood heights of more recent times are also shown in stone bricks. The closest flood height to what is known as the Flood of 1670 was when the Severn flooded in the torrential rains of July 2007.

The Royal Worcester
Royal Worcester
Porcelain Company factory was founded by Dr John Wall in 1751, although it no longer produces goods with production ceasing in 2009. A handful of decorators are still employed at the factory and the Museum on the site is still open to the public.

During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Worcester
Worcester
was a major centre for glove making, employing nearly half the glovers in England at its peak (over 30,000 people). In 1815 the Worcester
Worcester
and Birmingham
Birmingham
Canal opened, allowing Worcester
Worcester
goods to be transported to a larger conurbation.

The British Medical Association
British Medical Association
(BMA) was founded in the Board Room of the old Worcester
Worcester
Royal Infirmary building in Castle Street in 1832. While part of the Royal Infirmary has now been demolished to make way for the University of Worcester 's new city campus, the original Georgian building has been preserved. One of the old wards opened as a medical museum, the Infirmary, in 2012.

In 1882 Worcester
Worcester
hosted the Worcestershire
Worcestershire
Exhibition, inspired by the Great Exhibition in London. There were sections for exhibits of fine arts (over 600 paintings), historical manuscripts and industrial items. The profit was £1,867.9s.6d. The number of visitors is recorded as 222,807. Some of the profit from the exhibition was used to build the Victoria Institute in Foregate Street, Worcester. This was opened on 1 October 1896 and originally housed the city art gallery and museum; now located on Foregate Street. Further information about the exhibition can be found at the museum.

During the Second World War
Second World War
, the city was chosen to be the seat of an evacuated government in case of mass German invasion . The War Cabinet , along with Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
and some 16.000 state workers, would have moved to Hindlip Hall
Hindlip Hall
(now part of the complex forming the Headquarters of West Mercia Police ), 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Worcester
Worcester
and Parliament would have temporarily seated in Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon
. The former RAF station RAF Worcester was located east of Northwick .

In the 1950s and 1960s large areas of the medieval centre of Worcester
Worcester
were demolished and rebuilt as a result of decisions by town planners. This was condemned by many such as Nikolaus Pevsner who described it as a "totally incomprehensible... act of self-mutilation". There is still a significant area of medieval Worcester
Worcester
remaining, examples of which can be seen along City Walls Road, Friar Street and New Street, but it is a small fraction of what was present before the redevelopments.

The current city boundaries date from 1974, when the Local Government Act 1972 transferred the parishes of Warndon and St. Peter the Great County into the city.

IMAGES

Map of Worcester
Worcester
in 1806 Tudor buildings in Friar Street Tudor building with jettied upper storey in New Street Worcester Shrub Hill railway station with a London Midland train.

GOVERNANCE

See also: Worcester local elections and Evolution of Worcestershire county boundaries

The Conservatives had a majority on the council from 2003 to 2007, when they lost a by-election to Labour meaning the council had no overall control . The Conservatives remained with the most seats overall with 17 out of 35 seats after the 2008 election .

Worcester
Worcester
has one member of Parliament , Robin Walker of the Conservative Party, who represents the Worcester
Worcester
constituency as of the May 2010 general election.

The County of Worcestershire's local government arrangement is formed of a non-metropolitan county council ( Worcestershire
Worcestershire
County Council) and six non-metropolitan district councils, with Worcester
Worcester
City Council being the district council for most of Worcester, with a small area of the St. Peters suburb actually falling within the neighbouring Wychavon
Wychavon
District council. The Worcester City Council
Worcester City Council
area includes two parish councils, these being Warndon Parish Council and St Peter the Great Parish Council. Worcester
Worcester
Guildhall

Worcester
Worcester
Guildhall, the seat of local government, dates from 1721; it replaced an earlier hall on the same site. The Grade I listed Queen Anne style building is described by Pevsner as 'a splendid town hall, as splendid as any of C18 England'.

GEOGRAPHY

Notable suburbs in Worcester
Worcester
include Barbourne, Blackpole, Cherry Orchard, Claines , Diglis , Northwick , Red Hill , Ronkswood , St Peter the Great (also simply known as St Peters), Tolladine, Warndon and Warndon Villages (which was once the largest housing development in the Country when the area was being constructed in the late 1980s/very early 1990s). Most of Worcester
Worcester
is on the eastern side of the River Severn ; Henwick
Henwick
, Lower Wick , St. John\'s and Dines Green are on the western side.

CLIMATE

Worcester
Worcester
enjoys a temperate climate with warm summers and mild winters generally. However, the city can experience more extreme weather and flooding is often a problem. During the winters of 2009-10 and 2010-11 the city experienced prolonged periods of sub-freezing temperatures and heavy snowfalls. In December 2010 the temperature dropped to −19.5 °C (−3.1 °F) in nearby Pershore. The River Severn and the River Teme partially froze over in Worcester during this cold snap. In contrast, Worcester
Worcester
recorded 36.6 °C (97.9 °F) on 2 August 1990.

Between 1990 and 2003, weather data for the area was collected at Barbourne, Worcester. After the closure of this weather station, the nearest one is located at Pershore.

CLIMATE DATA FOR WORCESTER

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

RECORD HIGH °C (°F) 17.1 (62.8) 19.6 (67.3) 21.0 (69.8) 26.6 (79.9) 28.2 (82.8) 33.1 (91.6) 33.8 (92.8) 36.6 (97.9) 28.8 (83.8) 28.4 (83.1) 18.6 (65.5) 15.9 (60.6) 36.6 (97.9)

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 7 (45) 8 (46) 11 (52) 14 (57) 17 (63) 20 (68) 22 (72) 22 (72) 19 (66) 15 (59) 10 (50) 8 (46) 14.4 (58)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 2 (36) 1 (34) 3 (37) 4 (39) 7 (45) 10 (50) 12 (54) 12 (54) 10 (50) 7 (45) 4 (39) 2 (36) 6.2 (43.3)

RECORD LOW °C (°F) −14.1 (6.6) −12.7 (9.1) −9.4 (15.1) −7.3 (18.9) −2.3 (27.9) −1.0 (30.2) 2.8 (37) 3.6 (38.5) −0.6 (30.9) −5.1 (22.8) −10.5 (13.1) −19.5 (−3.1) −19.5 (−3.1)

AVERAGE RAINFALL MM (INCHES) 53 (2.09) 31 (1.22) 31 (1.22) 42 (1.65) 47 (1.85) 48 (1.89) 50 (1.97) 53 (2.09) 48 (1.89) 56 (2.2) 54 (2.13) 50 (1.97) 563 (22.17)

Source #1:

Source #2: Barbourne and Pershore extremes (nearest stations)

Skyline of Worcester
Worcester
viewed from Worcester Cathedral
Worcester Cathedral

DEMOGRAPHY AND RELIGION

The 2001 census recorded Worcester's population at 93,353. About 96.5% of Worcester's population was white; of which 94.2% were White British , greater than the national average. The largest religious group are Christians , who made up 77% of the city's population. People who reported having no religion or who did not state their religion made up 21% of the city's population. Other religions totaled less than 2% of the population. Ethnic minorities include people of Bangladeshi, Chinese , Indian , Pakistani , Italian and Polish origin, with the largest single minority group being British Pakistanis, numbering around 1,200, approximately 1.3% of Worcester's population. Old St Martin's Church (Church of England)

This has led to Worcester
Worcester
containing a small but diverse range of religious groups; as well as the commanding Anglican Worcester Cathedral , there are also Catholic , United Reformed Church
United Reformed Church
and Baptist
Baptist
churches, a large centre for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), an Islamic
Islamic
mosque and a number of smaller interest groups regarding Eastern Religions such as Buddhism and the Hare Krishnas .

Worcester
Worcester
is the seat of a Church of England
England
bishop. His or her official signature is his or her Christian name followed by Wigorn. (an abbreviation for the Latin Wigorniensis, meaning 'of Worcester'), which is also occasionally used as an abbreviation for the name of the county.

The Archdeacon of Worcester
Worcester
, inducted in November 2014, was Rector of St. Barnabas with Christ Church in Worcester
Worcester
for eight years.

ECONOMY

The city of Worcester, located on the River Severn and with transport links to Birmingham
Birmingham
and other parts of the Midlands through the vast canal network, became an important centre for many light industries. The late-Victorian period saw the growth of ironfounders, like Heenan & Froude , Hardy & Padmore and McKenzie "> Gloves, Worcester
Worcester
City Art Gallery "> Lea & Perrins advertisement (1900)

The inter-war years saw the rapid growth of engineering, producing machine tools James Archdale, H.W. Ward, castings for the motor industry Worcester
Worcester
Windshields and Casements, mining machinery Mining Engineering Company (MECO) which later became part of Joy Mining Machinery and open-top cans Williamsons, though G H Williamson and Sons had become part of the Metal Box Co in 1930. Later the company became Carnaud Metal Box PLC.

Worcester
Worcester
Porcelain operated in Worcester
Worcester
until 2009, when the factory closed down due to the recession. However, the site of Worcester
Worcester
Porcelain still houses the Museum of Royal Worcester
Royal Worcester
which is open daily to visitors.

One of Worcester's most famous products, Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce is made and bottled at the Midland Road factory in Worcester, which has been the home of Lea "> Worcester Cathedral
Worcester Cathedral
at night.

The most famous landmark in Worcester
Worcester
is its imposing Anglican Cathedral . The current building; known as WORCESTER PRIORY before the English Reformation , is officially named the CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST AND THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. Construction begun in 1084 while its crypt dates from the 10th century. The chapter house is the only circular one in the country while the cathedral also has the distinction of having the tomb of King John .

Near to the cathedral is the spire of St. Andrew's Church, also known as Glover\'s Needle ; the rest of the church was demolished in 1949.

The parish church of St. Helen, located on the north side of the High Street, is mainly medieval with a west tower rebuilt in 1813. The east end, refenestration and porch o was completed by Frederick Preedy in 1857-63. There was further restoration, by Aston Webb , in 1879-80. It is a Grade II* listed building .

Limited parts of Worcester's city wall still remain in situ.

The Hive , situated on the northern side of the River Severn at the former cattle market site, is Worcester's joint public and university library and archive centre, heralded as "the first of its kind in Europe". It is a prominent landmark feature on the Worcester
Worcester
skyline. With seven towers and a golden rooftop, the Hive has gained recognition winning two international awards for building design and sustainability.

There are three main parks in Worcester, Cripplegate Park, Gheluvelt Park and Fort Royal Park , the last being on one of the battles sites of the English Civil War . In addition, there is a large open area known as Pitchcroft to the north of the city centre on the east bank of the River Severn , which, apart from those days when it is being used for horse racing , is a public space.

Gheluvelt Park was opened as a memorial to commemorate the Worcestershire
Worcestershire
Regiment 's 2nd Battalion after their part in the Battle of Gheluvelt , during the First World War. Statue of Edward Elgar
Edward Elgar
.

The statue of Sir Edward Elgar, commissioned from Kenneth Potts and unveiled in 1981, stands at the end of Worcester
Worcester
High Street facing the cathedral, only yards from the original location of his father's music shop, which was demolished in the 1960s. Elgar's birthplace is a short way from Worcester, in the village of Broadheath .

There are also two large woodlands in the city, Perry Wood, at twelve hectares and Nunnery Wood, covering twenty-one hectares. Perry Wood is often said to be the place where Oliver Cromwell
Oliver Cromwell
met and made a pact with the devil. Nunnery Wood is an integral part of the adjacent and popular Worcester
Worcester
Woods Country Park, itself next door to County Hall on the east side of the city.

TRANSPORT

ROAD

Worcester Shrub Hill railway station .

The M5 Motorway runs north-south immediately to the east of the City and is accessed by Junction 6 ( Worcester
Worcester
North) and Junction 7 ( Worcester
Worcester
South). This makes the city easily accessible by car to most parts of the country, including London which is only 118 miles (190 km) using the A44 via the Cotswolds and M40 . A faster journey to London is possible via the M5 , M42 and M40 for an increased distance of 134 miles (216 km).

Several A roads pass through the city. The A449 road
A449 road
runs south-west to Malvern and north to Kidderminster
Kidderminster
. The A44 runs south-east to Evesham
Evesham
and west to Leominster and Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth
and crosses Worcester Bridge. The A38 trunk road runs south to Tewkesbury
Tewkesbury
and Gloucester
Gloucester
and north-north-east to Droitwich
Droitwich
and Bromsgrove
Bromsgrove
and Birmingham
Birmingham
. The A4103 goes west-south-west to Hereford
Hereford
. The A422 heads east to Alcester , branching from the A44 a mile east of the M5. The city is encompassed by a partial ring road (A4440) which is formed, rather inconsistently, by single and dual carriageways. The A4440 road provides a second road bridge across the Severn (Carrington Bridge) just west of the A4440-A38 junction. Carrington Bridge links the A38 from Worcester
Worcester
towards Gloucester
Gloucester
with the A449 linking Worcester
Worcester
with through Malvern .

RAIL

Worcester
Worcester
locomotive depot 14 April 1959

Worcester
Worcester
has two stations, Worcester
Worcester
Foregate Street and Worcester Shrub Hill .

Worcester
Worcester
Foregate Street is located in the city centre, on Foregate Street. The line towards Malvern and Hereford
Hereford
, which is the Cotswold Line, crosses Foregate Street on an arched cast-iron bridge which was remodelled by the Great Western Railway
Great Western Railway
in 1908 with decorative cast-iron exterior serving no structural purpose. Between Foregate Street and the St. John's area of the city, heading towards Malvern and Hereford, the line is elevated and travels along the Worcester viaduct which crosses over the River Severn.

Worcester
Worcester
Shrub Hill is located around one mile from the city centre on Shrub Hill Road. The station is part of a loop line off the Birmingham
Birmingham
to Gloucester
Gloucester
railway, which forms part of today's crosscountry route .

Alongside the Worcester
Worcester
Shrub Hill station, on Shrub Hill Road, was the Worcester
Worcester
Engine Works. The polychrome brick building was erected about 1864 and was probably designed by Thomas Dickson . The venture was not a success and only 84 locomotives were built and the works closed in 1871. The chairman of the Worcester
Worcester
Engine Works was Alexander Clunes Sheriff .

Both stations frequently serve Birmingham
Birmingham
via Droitwich
Droitwich
Spa , then either lines being firstly via Kidderminster
Kidderminster
and Stourbridge into Birmingham
Birmingham
Snow Hill and Birmingham
Birmingham
Moor Street then onwards usually to Dorridge or Whitlocks End or secondly via Bromsgrove
Bromsgrove
and University and Birmingham
Birmingham
New Street these services are run by London Midland
London Midland
. From both stations train run to Pershore, Evesham
Evesham
and onto the Cotswolds, Oxford
Oxford
and London

BUS

The main operator of bus services in and around the city is First Midland Red . A few other smaller operators provide services in Worcester, including; Astons, DRM and LMS Travel. The terminus and interchange for many bus services in Worcester
Worcester
is Crowngate Bus Station located in the city centre.

The city formerly had two park and ride sites, one located off the A38 in Perdiswell (opened in 2001) and the other at Sixways Stadium next to the M5 (opened 2009). Worcestershire
Worcestershire
County Council voted to close both of them in 2014 as part of a cost-saving package of cutbacks to bus services.

The park and ride service at Sixways Stadium has since been reinstated, with LMS Travel operating the W3 route to Worcestershire Royal Hospital . The route does not service Worcester's city centre bus station. See also: Worcestershire
Worcestershire
bus route 144

AIR

Worcester's nearest major airport is Birmingham
Birmingham
Airport which is accessible by road and rail. Gloucestershire Airport is approximately 25 miles away and provides General Aviation connections and scheduled services with Citywing to Jersey
Jersey
, the Isle of Man
Isle of Man
and Belfast
Belfast
.

EDUCATION

Worcester
Worcester
is home to the University of Worcester , which was awarded university status in 2005 by HM Privy Council. From 1997 to 2005 it was known as University College Worcester
Worcester
(UCW) and prior to 1997 it was known as Worcester
Worcester
College of Higher Education. From 2005 to 2010 it was the fastest growing university in the UK, more than doubling its student population. The university is also home to the independent Worcester Students Union institution. The city is also home to two colleges, Worcester Sixth Form College and Heart of Worcestershire College .

HIGH SCHOOLS

The high schools located in the city are Bishop Perowne CofE College , Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College , Christopher Whitehead Language College , Tudor Grange Academy Worcester
Worcester
(on the site of the defunct Elgar High School), Nunnery Wood High School and New College Worcester
Worcester
which caters for blind and partially sighted pupils from the ages of 11 to 18.

INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

Worcester
Worcester
is also the seat of three independent schools . The Royal Grammar School , founded in 1291 and Alice Ottley School merged in 2007. The King\'s School was re-founded in 1541 under King Henry VIII . St Mary\'s School , a girls' Catholic school, was the only remaining single-sex independent school, but closed in July 2014. Other independent schools include the Independent Christian school, the River School in Fernhill Heath and New College Worcester for the blind and partially sighted.

SPORT

Entrance to the Worcester
Worcester
King George\'s Field .

* Worcester Warriors , an Aviva Premiership Rugby Union
Rugby Union
team who play at Sixways Stadium . * Worcestershire
Worcestershire
County Cricket Club whose home ground is New Road . * National League North
National League North
football club Worcester
Worcester
City (The team currently plays at The Victoria Ground in Bromsgrove) * Worcester
Worcester
Hockey Club has teams entered in the West Hockey Leagues . * Worcester
Worcester
St Johns Cycling Club * Worcester Wolves
Worcester Wolves
, a professional basketball team in the British Basketball
Basketball
League who play at the Worcester
Worcester
Arena. * Worcester Racecourse is on an open area known as "Pitchcroft" on the east bank of the River Severn . * Worcester
Worcester
has King George\'s Field in memorial to King George V . * Worcester
Worcester
Rowing Club which is situated near the city centre on the River Severn. * University of Worcester Rowing Club which shares accommodation with Worcester
Worcester
Rowing Club . * Worcester
Worcester
Athletics Club who meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Nunnery Wood Sports Centre * Worcester
Worcester
University Climbing and Mountaineering Club * Worcester
Worcester
Dominies and Guild Cricket Club

CULTURE

FESTIVALS AND SHOWS

Every three years Worcester
Worcester
becomes home to the Three Choirs Festival , which dates from the 18th century and is credited with being the oldest music festival in the British Isles. The location of the festival rotates each year between the Cathedral Cities of the Three Counties , Gloucester
Gloucester
, Hereford
Hereford
and Worcester. Famous for its championing of English music, especially that of Elgar , Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst , Worcester
Worcester
was host of the festival in July 2014.

The Worcester
Worcester
Festival was established in 2003 by Chris Jaeger MBE. Held in August, the festival consists of a variety of music, theatre, cinema and workshops, as well as the already established Beer Festival , which runs as an event within the Worcester
Worcester
Festival. Worcester Festival ends with a spectacular free firework display on the banks of the River Severn on the Monday of the August bank holiday. The Artistic Director of the Worcester
Worcester
Festival is now actor, director and writer, Ben Humphrey.

For one weekend the city plays host to the Worcester Music Festival . Now in its 8th year (2015) the festival comprises a weekend of original music performed by predominantly local bands and musicians. All performances are free and take place throughout the city centre: in bars, clubs, community buildings, churches and the central library. In 2010 the festival comprised 230 different acts. The 2015 festival will take place between 18 and 20 September.

Founded in 2012, the Worcester
Worcester
Film
Film
Festival, is all about placing Worcestershire
Worcestershire
on the film-making map and encouraging local people to get involved in making film. The first festival took place at the Hive and including screenings, workshops and talks.

The Victorian-themed Christmas Fayre is a major source of tourism every December. Elton John came to the Worcestershire
Worcestershire
Cricket Ground, New Road on Saturday 9 June 2006. Status Quo came to Sixways Stadium ( Worcester Warriors ) on Saturday 28 July 2007.

The CAMRA Worcester
Worcester
Beer, Cider and Perry Festival takes place for three days each August and is held on Pitchcroft Race Course. This festival is the largest beer festival within the West Midlands and within the top 10 in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
with attendances being around 14,000 people.

2015 will see the first Worcester
Worcester
Canal Festival, held at Lansdowne Park from the 12 to 14 June, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Worcester
Worcester
"> Huntingdon Hall

Famous 18th century actress Sarah Siddons made her acting début here at the Theatre Royal in Angel Street. Her sister, the novelist Ann Julia Kemble Hatton, otherwise known as Ann of Swansea, was born in the city. Matilda Alice Powles, better known as Vesta Tilley , a leading male impersonator and music hall artiste was born in Worcester.

In present-day Worcester
Worcester
the Swan Theatre stages a mixture of professional touring and local amateur productions. It is also home to the Worcester
Worcester
Repertory Company. Past Artistic Directors of the Worcester
Worcester
Repertory Company (and by default the Swan Theatre) have included John Doyle and David Wood OBE . The company's (and theatre's) current Artistic Director is Chris Jaeger MBE.

A number of 'stars' started their careers in the Worcester
Worcester
Repertory Company and the Swan Theatre. Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton
, Sean Pertwee , Celia Imrie , Rufus Norris , Kevin Whately and Bonnie Langford were all actors with the Rep at the start of their careers. Directors too have made a name for themselves with Phyllida Lloyd starting her directorial career as an Associate Director under John Doyle , a position that is now filled by Ben Humphrey.

The Countess of Huntingdon's Hall is a historic church now used as venue for an eclectic range of musical and comedy performances,. Recent acts have included Van Morrison , Eddie Izzard , Jack Dee
Jack Dee
, Omid Djalili
Omid Djalili
and Jason Manford .

The Marrs Bar is a venue for gigs and stand-up comedy. Worcester
Worcester
has two multi-screen cinemas; a Vue Cinema complex located on Friar Street and an Odeon Cinema on Foregate Street – both of which were 3D-equipped by March 2010.

In the northern suburb of Northwick is the Art Deco
Art Deco
Northwick Cinema. Built in 1938 it contains one of the only two remaining interiors in Britain designed by John Alexander (the original perspective drawings are still held by RIBA ). It was a bingo hall from 1966 to 1982 and then empty until 1991; it was then run as a music venue until 1996 and was empty again until autumn 2006 when it became an antiques and lifestyle centre, owned by Grey's Interiors, who were previously located in the Tything.

Worcester
Worcester
was home to electronic music producer and collaborator Mike Paradinas and his record label Planet Mu , until the label moved to London in 2007.

MEDIA

Newspapers

* Berrow\'s Worcester
Worcester
Journal * Worcester News * Worcester
Worcester
Observer

Radio Stations

* BBC Hereford
Hereford
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TWINNING AND PLANNED TWINNING

Worcester
Worcester
is twinned with the German city of Kleve , the Parisian commune of Le Vésinet and its larger American namesake Worcester
Worcester
, Massachusetts.

In February 2009 Worcester
Worcester
City Council's Twinning Association began deliberating an application to twin Worcester
Worcester
with the Palestinian city of Gaza . Councillor Alan Amos introduced the application, which was passed at its first stage by a majority of 35-6. The proposal was later rejected by the Executive Committee of the City of Worcester Twinning Association for lack of funding due to its present commitment to existing twinning projects.

NOTABLE PEOPLE

See also: Category:People from Worcester
Worcester
Edward Elgar
Edward Elgar

In birth order:

* Hannah Snell (1723–1792), famous for impersonating a man and enlisting in the Royal Marines
Royal Marines
, was born and brought up in Worcester. * Elizabeth Blower (c. 1757/63 – post-1816), novelist, poet and actress, was born and raised in Worcester. * Ann Hatton (1764–1838), writer of the Kemble family , was born in Worcester. * James White (1775–1820) , founder of first advertising agency in 1800 in London, was born in Worcester. * John Mathew Gutch (1776–1861), journalist, lived with his second wife at Barbourne, a suburb north of Worcester, from 1823 until his death. * Jabez Allies (1787–1856) a Worcestershire
Worcestershire
folklorist and antiquarian lived at Lower Wick , now part of Worcester. * Sir Charles Hastings (1794–1866), British Medical Association founder, lived in Worcester
Worcester
for most of his life. * Revd Thomas Davis , a hymn-writer born in Worcester
Worcester
in 1804, was an ancestor of the Duchess of Cambridge
Cambridge
. * Philip Henry Gosse , naturalist, was born in Worcester
Worcester
in 1810. * Mrs. Henry Wood (1814–1887), writer, was born in Worcester. * Alexander Clunes Sheriff (1816–1878), City Alderman, businessman and Liberal MP, grew up in Worcester. * Edward Leader Williams (1828–1910), designer of the Manchester Ship Canal , was born and brought up at Diglis House in Worcester, with his brother, landscape artist Benjamin Williams Leader (1831–1923). * Sir Thomas Brock (1847–1922), sculptor , best known for the London Victoria Memorial , was born in Worcester
Worcester
in 1847. Worcestershire
Worcestershire
Royal Hospital is in a road named after him. * Vesta Tilley (1864–1952), music hall performer who adopted this stage name aged 11, was born in Worcester. She became a noted male impersonator. * Composer Sir Edward Elgar
Edward Elgar
's father ran a music shop in High Street; a statue of Elgar stands near the original site. He was born in 1857 is in Broadheath , outside Worcester. * William Morris, Lord Nuffield (1877–1963), founder of Morris Motors Limited and philanthropist, spent the first three years in Worcester. * Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy (1883–1929, "Woodbine Willy"), poet and author, was Vicar of St Paul's Church. As an army chaplain in the First World War
First World War
he would hand out Woodbine cigarettes to men in the trenches. * Ernest Payne (1884–1961) was born in Worcester
Worcester
and rode for St Johns Cycling Club, winning a gold medal in team pursuit at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London. * Sheila Scott (1922–1988), aviator, was born in Worcester. * Louise Johnson (1940–2012), biochemist and protein crystallographer, was born in Worcester. * Timothy Garden, Baron Garden (1944–2007), Air Marshal and Liberal Democrat politician, was born in Worcester. * Dave Mason
Dave Mason
(born 1946), musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist, was born in Worcester. * Lee Cornes (born 1951), comedian and actor known for roles in Blackadder , The Young Ones and Bottom , was born in Worcester. * David McGreavy (born 1951, the "Monster of Worcester"), lived and committed child murders in Worcester. * Stephen Dorrell
Stephen Dorrell
(born 1952), English Conservative politician and government member, was born in Worcester. * Karl Hyde (born 1957), English musician, frontman of trance group Underworld was born in Worcester. * Donncha O\'Callaghan (born 1979), Irish Rugby Union
Rugby Union
player. Joined Worcester Warriors 2015 from Munster Rugby Irish and British and Irish Lions International * Kit Harington (born 1986), actor, lived in Worcester
Worcester
attended Chantry High School and Worcester
Worcester
Sixth Form College. He plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
. * Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power of experimental music group Fuck Buttons were brought up in Worcester. * Peace , an indie rock band formed in Worcester
Worcester
in 2009 and fronted by Harry Koisser, were nominees for the BBC's Sound of 2013 poll.

SEE ALSO

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Worcester
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Worcester
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Worcester
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Worcester
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Worcester
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Worcester
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Worcester
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Worcester
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Worcester
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Worcester
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Worcester
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FURTHER READING

* John Britton ; et al. (1814), "City of Worcester", Worcestershire, Beauties of England
England
and Wales , 15, London: J. Harris * "Worcester", Black\'s Picturesque Tourist and Road-book of England and Wales (3rd ed.), Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1853 * "Worcester", Great Britain (4th ed.), Leipsic: Karl Baedeker, 1897, OCLC
OCLC
6430424 * Atkin, Malcolm (1998). Cromwell's Crowning Mercy: The Battle of Worcester
Worcester
1651. Barnsley: Pen and Sword. ISBN 0-7509-1888-8 . * Baker, Nigel; Holt, Richard (1996). "The City of Worcester
Worcester
in the Tenth Century". In Brooks, Nicholas; Cubitt, Catherine. St. Oswald of Worcester
Worcester
: Life and Influence. London, UK: Leicester
Leicester
University Press. ISBN 9780567340313 .

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