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Tour WorcestershireWorcestershire (Pevsner Buildings of England S.) The county of Worcestershire stretches from the dramatic Malvern Hills on the eastern borders to the fringes of the Cotswolds on the west. The rural areas are rich in sturdy cruck-framed timber buiildings, discussed in an expert introduction, and in village churches which can boast fine sculpture and fittings. The priory of Great Malvern retains exceptional medieval stained glass, and the medieval cathedral at Worcester has the tomb of King John and the chantry chapel of Prince Arthur, Henry VIII's elder brother. The City of Worcester has numerous fine buildings of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, while Great Malvern is of special interest as an early nineteenth-century spa town. The supreme example of Victorian grandeur is the eccentrically ambitious grounds and house of Witley Court, now an evocative ruin.

A History of KidderminsterA History of Kidderminster Kidderminster can be said to be a mystery of a town. It has lost the location of its monastery, the particulars of the thriving cloth industry it was said to have in the late Middle Ages, and even some of the large artifacts that once graced its streets and buildings before the ravages of urban renewal.

PershorePershore Revisited (Images of England S) This engaging collection of over 200 archive photographs reveals some of the changes that have taken place in the Worcestershire town of Pershore over the last century. The Pershore Festival and the annual fair, first held in 1266, are some of the local events featured here. Pershore Revisited is a valuable pictorial history that will delight anyone interested in the town and its people.

Worcestershire Place NamesWorcestershire Place Names Few of us are aware of the implications, symbolism and history of the names we use every day, or indeed of the continuous process of naming and re-naming that goes on around us. This comprehensive dictionary of Worcestershire place-names, their origins and meaning, includes districts, towns, villages and hamlets, together with notable buildings, as well as countryside features - such as fields, rivers, streams, hills and woods. A full description of how each name originated is given, thereby bringing to life the rich tapestry of history that has shaped Worcestershire over centuries.

Shelsley Walsh StoryThe Shelsley Walsh Story: A Century of Motorsport For a hundred years some of motorsport's greatest drivers and cars have tested their power at Shelsley Walsh, the Midland Automobile Club's famous speed hillclimb course in rural Worcestershire. Here, packed with atmospheric details, archive photography and a directory of records, is the inspiring story of the oldest motor sporting venue in the world that is still operational. In this era of commercialism, Shelsley still stands for sportsmanship, hard-fought but friendly contests, and motor sport purely for fun.

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