Worcester is a
large city in the county of Worcestershire and has a population of
just under 100,000 people. The city is close to Gloucester and
Birmingham making it popular for commuters.
Worcester lies on the River Severn and has a magnificent cathedral
overlooking the river banks. Winchester Cathedral was originally
built in the 7th century but was rebuilt in the 12th and 13th
Many manuscripts were discovered in the monastic library of
Worcester which are now help in libraries in London, Oxford and
Cambridge in addition to the current library at Worcester Cathedral.
The tomb of King John is in the Cathedral near the altar after he
requested to buried in the town. It is often believed the Cathedral
was spared from demolition by King Henry VIII because his brother's
Chantry is in the cathedral grounds.
Much of the main medieval areas of Worcester were demolished in the
1950s and 1960's then rebuilt. This decision was made by the town
planners against the wishes of some locals, however, some medieval
areas are still intact.
Today, Worcester is a city of many industries including engineering,
the production of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce and is home to
the Berrow's Worcester Journal, the world's oldest daily newspaper.
Worcester is also a popular destination for shipping with several
major chain stores located in the city. The traditional high street
has major Boots, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and Woolworths. Much of
this shopping area was revamped several years ago to bring in more
open spaces and bright areas.
Other shopping districts include Broad Street and The Shambles with
large Argos and Evans stores. There are 3 enclosed shopping centres
in Worcester including the Cathedral Plaza, CrownGate and the
Reindeer Court. CrownGate also has an outdoor market and is the
largest of the 3 shopping centres.
Over 7,000 students currently study at The University of Worcester.
The complex was given university status in 2005 (it was previously
known as a University College).
By road, the M5 motorway is the nearest main road and makes it easy
to travel to most areas of England. London is around 90 minutes away
on the M5 motorway.
Rails links to Worcester are provided by two railway stations,
Worcester Forgate Street Railway Station and the Worcester Shrub
Hill Railway Station. There are frequent services to Birmingham as
well as London Services on the Cotswold Line.
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