Around And About My Home Town

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    I was born in Worcester England and live there now, but during my working life I have lived in several places around the UK. Over the past week I made several rather amateurish videos on my camera, here are a few while out on a walk into the town centre, via my Pharmacy to pick up some pills.
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    A couple of pics inside the pharmacy

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    The continuation of my walk







     
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    @Terry Page
    Beautiful illustration of the surroundings there! Thank you!
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    Good work, @Terry Page . You speak pretty good English for an Englishter. I could understand most of what you said. smiley laughing .gif

     
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    Thanks @Shirley Martin I do my best, and try not to mumble too much, so I don't need to add CC's ?..............not that I know how to [​IMG]
     
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    Here I am just outside the city by the old Roman Walls unearthed a while ago, when building the city bypass, which oddly enough is called the City Walls Road [​IMG]

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    The first defensive walls at Worcester were built after the Roman conquest of Britain in AD 43. Although a settlement existed on the site during the Iron Age, there is no evidence that walls were ever built around it. The Roman town was probably preceded by the construction a Roman fort, both located on the south side of the modern city and protected by the River Severn to the west.
    There are relatively few historical details or archaeological evidence from this period, but archaeological investigations of the Roman town walls suggest that it had wooden ramparts and was protected by an 89-foot (27 m) wide ditch. As with other Roman towns, the walls would have enclosed a rectangular town, protecting a settlement with a grid-like network of streets.

    The decline of the Roman Empire brought an end to Roman rule in Britain by the start of the 5th century. The town within the old Roman walls at Worcester continued to be occupied however, remaining a prominent military feature.


     
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    Here is the first part of the town walk...

     
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    Here is the continuation and a few still photos:





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    A bit more of the town centre

     
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    Worcester Cathedral

    What is now the Cathedral was founded in 680 as a Priory, with Bishop Bosel at its head. The first priory was built in this period, but nothing now remains of it. The crypt of the present-day cathedral dates from the 10th century and the time of St Oswald, Bishop of Worcester.Monks and nuns had been present at the Priory since the seventh century (see Bede). The monastery became Benedictine in the second half of the tenth century (one author gives the time range 974-977, another considers 969 more likely). There is an important connection with Fleury Abbey in France, as Oswald, bishop of Worcester from 961 to 992, and prior at the same time, was professed at Fleury and introduced the monastic rule of Fleury to Worcester.[5][6] Remains of the Priory dating from the 12th and 13th centuries can still be seen. The Priory came to an end with King Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries, and the Benedictine monks were removed on 18 January 1540 and replaced by secular canons.

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    There are always a lot of so called royal swans on the river by the bridge, I forgot to mention them.










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    Here is the final part of my walk away from the cathedral through the High Street, a couple of arcades/malls to the Bus station...

     
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    Terry, I've found your video presentation of your home town to be overwhelming! I enjoyed seeing the sights and hearing your narration! A job well done, for sure! Thank you.;):)
     
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    Me to! Soon as a take a nap...will look at them some more.
     
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    Thanks @Joe Riley and @Gloria Mitchell I am glad you liked them, I enjoyed making the videos, it had the effect of making me more aware and appreciative of my surroundings, which I simply take for granted in daily life. I will post a few more soon...
     
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    Well done!
     
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    The following morning I took another walk this time down Bridge Street to the River Severn, and along the riverside walk.......









     
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    A bit more information and still photos to go with the earlier videos ..................

    St. Andrews Spire (The Glovers Needle)

    In the 15th century, Saxons built a church (called St. Andrews Church) with a tall spire but this was destroyed in a great storm of 1733. Shortly after this disaster, the spire was rebuilt. It was constructed by using the ingenious method of kite flying to carry up the stones. Worcester people took the new masterpiece to their hearts and named it the 'Glover's Needle'. This name came from the industrial glove making that was executed in Worcester.

    The entire structure measures approximately 245 feet. It is the tallest spire in the country to have such a narrow angle of taper. In the 1920s the slum housing which crowded round the church was demolished. The congregation of the church was thus reduced by a large degree. The church fell into decay, had an overgrown churchyard, few parishioners and a tiny parish of five acres. In the 1940s, the council accepted the Bishop of Worcester's offer of the church. They decided to demolish the church and create a garden of remembrance to replace it. However the council decided to leave the tower and spire, freestanding. Thus St Andrew's church was demolished in 1949.


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    The last part of my walk which I forgot to add ;) :

    Cripplegate Park one of five parks in Worcester..



     
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