Worcester Cathedral.

On Top Of The World

I was born and brought up just a few miles from Worcester, spending a lot of time in and around the cathedral over the years, so for me, it feels like my ‘home’ cathedral.

We were there again a couple of weeks ago, this time to make use of the excellent bell-ringing training centre (a set of dummy bells connected to computers, which enable you to practice ringing whatever you like, without having to have a band around you doing the same thing, and without disturbing people outside).

Don’t worry – that’s enough ringing talk.

While we were up in the tower, we took the opportunity to go right up to the top of the cathedral. I took a few pictures – bravely holding my phone out over the parapets!

Looking down on the Chapter House and the Cloisters…

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Looking down the nave to the River Severn…

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Looking further up the river – you can just see the Worcester County Cricket Ground on the left…

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Looking down river…

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The chancel end of the cathedral (and some 1960s monstrosities just beyond)…

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Looking down into the city – the tall spire on the left is known as the Glovers’ Needle…

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My favourite little bit of Worcester – the old buildings close to the Cathedral and the Gatehouse.

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If you find yourself in Worcester, it’s worth knowing that the Refectory cafe is a good place for tea/coffee and light meals – you’ll find it in the cathedrals cloisters (there are very acceptable toilet facilities near there too!).

As with most cathedrals, there’s enough material to fill an entire blog, but my particular favourite ‘must see’ at Worcester, is the tomb of King John. Not an especially nice man by all accounts, but I’ve been in the habit for about forty years of popping along and saying hello to him when I’m there – not that he seems bothered.

History junkies will also want to know that Henry VIII’s elder brother, Prince Arthur is buried in Worcester cathedral – close to King John, in a finely decorated tomb. Can’t help thinking they probably wouldn’t be the best companions in eternity, but perhaps John and Arthur didn’t end up in the same place…

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13 thoughts on “Worcester Cathedral.

    • Anny says:

      You’d have been ok, it doesn’t feel too bad on top – go if you have the chance. I’m not sure if it’s true, but I’m sure I read somewhere that it was where Charles II watched the battle of Worcester in 1651 – although he must have decided to hot foot it out of there at some stage. – there are still some houses in the town that were used to nurse injured soldiers during and after the battle.

  1. Perpetua says:

    Brilliant photos, even if they made me feel slightly dizzy. πŸ™‚ I particularly love the top one which shows so clearly the monastic origins of Worcester Cathedral.

    • Anny says:

      You’re right, for me parts of it still have something of a monastic feel about them – but then this is what I always consider my ‘home’ cathedral – I may be biased in my love of it.

  2. Sue says:

    Worcester is a special place for me too as it’s where I live. I’m tempted to say ‘look you can see my house!’ but you can’t, I live a few miles from the cathedral (big modern development by the M5). I do appreciate your photos because I am too scared to go up the tower myself.

    • Anny says:

      It’s a pity, because the views are fantastic from the tower, and you get a sneaky peep into the unseen medieval parts of the roof on the way up. It’s not too bad at the top, so if you could muster the courage, I think you’d love it.

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