Monthly Archives: May 2021

Wocester break 14.

Above an engraving of the cathedral of unknown date (to me, probably early Georgian) showing the north side of the cathedral. To the right the nave and immediately off right the valley side of the River Severn. Moving left the crossing tower and north transept followed by the quire, sub-transept and east end of the chancel. The buildings today on the north side of the cathedral precinct were clearly not then in existance and the octagonal tower and spire are evidence of a building (of uncertain purpose to me) that no longer exists. On the north aisle of the nave can be seen the ornate north porch dated to 1386 (surviving), this only a decade after the crossing tower was completed, these two of the last features to be created at the cathedral (apart from later restorations).
Worcester is one of England’s oldest cathedral sites being one of only eight Anglo-Saxon cathedrals to have existed centuries before the Norman Conquest. The original cathedral was designated as such in the seventh century following the re-Christianisation of the Anglo-Saxon territories originating with the missionary work of Augustine in the late sixth century. The present building incorporates none of the fabric of the Anglo-Saxon church which may not have been on the same site.

Worcester break 13.

Worcester cathedral’s west end (see above) stands almost precariously in the upper valley side of the River Severn, a dramatic position reminisent of the galilee extension of the west end of Durham cathedral standing loftily at the top of the valley side of the incised meander of the River Wear. Seen from the west the crossing tower of Worcester cathedral is prominent in the landscape, to the east less so as the rising ground of eastern Worcester and beyond blocks the view. It always seems surprising how difficult it often is to pick-out the crossing tower of York Minster, the highest point of any ecclesiastical building in Yorkshire, from the surrounding landscape, especially when compared with Lincoln cathedral (visible from high points in the northern Lincolnshire Wolds in fine weather (32 miles by road), for example, and Ely cathedral. With Worcestershire County Cricket Ground on the other side of the River Severn opposite the cathedral, in the St. John’s part of the town, the view of the cathedral from the west is one of England’s great views.

Worcester break 12.

And finally before going on to three blogs about Worcester Cathedral, a section of the canal towpath (s.p.b.) not far from the canal basin and viewed south. The reason for taking this picture was to remind me that along the stretch of the wall at the right of the picture I found seven different types of wild plants, some in flower, that must have grown from wind-blown seeds embedded in the wall where some of the mortar had crumbled to leave a crevice. This surely being an argument for keeping brick walls not too well maintained. It’s amazing the tenacity for life shown by plants.

Worcester break 11.

The canal basin of the Birmingham to Worcester Canal, view west from the road bridge over the canal basin entrance. Imagine that full of cargo carrying barges. This in the Shrub Hill district of Worcester.

Worcester break 10.

The neighbourhood garden mentioned in the previous blog. A very good example.

Worcester break 9.

(Apologies for poor spelling in previous blog).
Above is a photo taken in the Shrub Hill area of Worcester showing a viaduct carrying the Worcester to Hereford rail-line over a section of the Birmingham to Wocester canal, an unusual feature of the viaduct being the hole in the viaduct above the archway giving access through for the road below. A nearby information board (Worcester is well endowed with these) states that the ‘hole’ was there to save on the expense of bricks without compromising the strength of the viaduct and to improve its balance. Through the main arch can be seen the towpath/public right of way and on the opposite bank of the canal a linear nature area. Just visible through the road arch and on the left a bit of a very interesting neighbourhood garden is visible.