Worcester Day

When our friends Bernard and Val Haw heard that my Grandpa Kendrick was born in Worcester, Bernard was excited to take us on a tour of Worcester where he too was born. We met them at their home in Malvern and watched a new YouTube short video, “Worcester, Home of Liberty and Democracy” that tells of the Civil War in 1651 or so that brought changes from a total monarchy to a more representative Parliament government, implementing the principles of the Magna Carta, the 800th anniversary being celebrated this year. It made it so we were not totally ignorant of the history and significance!

On the way to our first stop, we walked along the Severn River, with the largest group of swans I’ve ever seen! Then we reached the famous Worcester Cathedral.

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Worcester Cathedral in the distance

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Worcester Cathedral, Gene, Val and Bernard

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‘Hope you don’t mind me borrowing some photos of the Worcester Cathedral.

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King John’s tomb in the cathedral. Remember him, the rascal king from Disney Robin Hood movie that the rooster sang about– King John, who taxed the poor and all that? This was his resting spot after it all!

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Then Bernard, Gene and I climbed up the 235 steps to the tower of the cathedral for some great views of Worcester!

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The wind didn’t seem to affect the guy’s hairdos!

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Our helpful guide.

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Brigham Young liked these spires so much during his 1840 visit, that he later had the Salt Lake Temple architect get inspiration from them.

Then we walked to the Royal Worcester Porcelain Museum.

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The Commandery, where Civil War history unfolded in the 1650s.

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Hands-on history!

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Gloves like my great grandma Caroline Philpotts Kendrick might have made….

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…with the help of her family, like in this photo?

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Worcester town center

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The Guild Hall, where we met the Mayor in full regalia just walking through. Nice timing!

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Awesome black & white building from yesteryear. Just don’t drop a pencil on that top floor!

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What a lovely time we had in Worcester! Cheerio!
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