Between 1974 and 1998, Worcestershire was merged with neighbouring Herefordshire, to make Hereford and Worcester. Nowadays, Worcestershire stands on its own two feet and is split into six districts: Worcester, Redditch, Wychavon, Malvern Hills, Wyre Forest, and Bromsgrove.
If you are moving to or from Worcestershire, get in touch with Britannia Bennetts to make your move stress-free and easy. With their office located in Malvern, Britannia Bennetts are ideally situated to help you with all your moving and storage needs.
Days Out in Worcestershire
Visitors are able to step back in time with a superb day of steam hauled splendour on the Severn Valley Railway. Located in Kidderminster, passengers can board a historical steam train, with the scope to get on and off at various attractions as you please. There are some fantastic events held at the Severn Valley Railway, such as 1940’s Weekend, Classic Vehicle Day, Ghost Trains, and Spring and Autumn Steam Galas.
If you are inspired by the history of the railway, head to Tudor House in Broadway or wonder around the city of Worcester. Tudor House is brimming with exciting objects from the 17th to the 21st centuries, including paintings by great artists such as Gainsborough, Reynolds, Millais, and Landseer. No trip to Tudor House is complete without scaling Broadway Tower – the unique Capability Brown Folly Tower with picturesque views across Worcestershire.
Take to the streets of Worcester to be enveloped in history. The city saw the first and last battles of the English Civil War in the 15th century, with the Commandery museum being the Head Quarters for King Charles II. There are a number of regular Civil War re-enactment events, with Cavaliers and Roundheads battling on the streets.
For the outdoor lovers among you, Little Owl Farm Park (Dunhampton), Arley Arboretum, and Windmill Hill Nature Reserve (Evesham) are all great places for family days out.
Famous Faces of Worcestershire
Despite the county having one of the smallest populations in the UK, Worcestershire has been called home by many famous faces. Before landing key roles as Jon Snow and Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones, both Kit Harrington and Charles Dance were born, and grew up, in the county. TV stars include Midsummer Murders John Nettles, presenter Chris Tarrant, and comedian Alistair McGowan. Better known as Mr Weasley from the Harry Potter films, Mark Williams was born in Bromsgrove.
And, without Worcestershire, we may not of ever had the prepaid postage stamp. Sir Rowland Hill was born in Kidderminster in 1795 and was an important Victorian reformer who wanted to improve living conditions for everyone. He believed that by making it possible for all people to send letters, that a natural increase in the number of people wanting to learning to read and write would be the result – improving people’s lives.