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Caption for Worcester, High Street C1950: Looking north along High Street, the prominent clock on the right catches the eye. It was given in 1849 by Mayor Richard Padmore and projects into the street over a site once occupied by the King's Head Inn, first mentioned in 1717. The inn had a theatre in its yard but in 1779 a proper theatre opened in Angel Street and from then on the King's Head hosted a market instead. In 1804 the inn was demolished and replaced by a purpose-built market hall. This was itself demolished in the 1960s.

An extract from Worcester Photographic Memories.

Memories of Worcester

I remember at the age of twelve 1957 swimming across the river from Hylton road over to the racecourse to watch the racing on a Saturday afternoon. Five of us used to swim out to the pleasure steamers as they went up to turn below the weir and come back . Passengers threw sweets to us and waved. Another (...Read full memory)

Do you remember the Gaumont Junior Club? For a few pennies on a Saturday morning, hundreds of local kids watched a cartoon, a newsreel, an information picture and a main feature...PLUS, there was community singing with John Bee on the mighty Wurlitzer organ. I remember that during the war, we all stood while (...Read full memory)

An Uncle of my fathers Tom Maylett was the park keeper and lived at Cripplegate House and we used to visit when we went to the park and the paddling pool which was where the road is now,he had greenhouses to do all the plants fir the bedding displays,the house always had a very musty smell to it

My father Archie Jewkes born in 1916, told us he and his brothers and friends all learnt to swim in the Severn. He said they used to swim across it and back regularly. I don't know if it was from this point though. It seems incredible today that young children would even venture into such a strong flowing river, (...Read full memory)

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