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Worcester Photographic Memories

Worcester Photographic Memories

The photo 'Worcester, the Guildhall 1936' appears in this book

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Caption for Worcester, The Guildhall 1936: Incredibly, the Guildhall only narrowly escaped demolition in the 1870s, when Alfred Waterhouse (architect of Manchester Town Hall) presented a plan for its replacement. Waterhouse's rival, Sir George Gilbert Scott, wrote to the town clerk in protest and his letter was published in the magazine 'The Builder'. He suggested the Guildhall's demolition would gain Worcester “a most unenviable notoriety”. His letter helped to save it and in 1878 a decision was made to restore the building to a plan proposed by Scott and city architect Henry Rowe. Later, in the 1960s, Worcester's redevelopment did earn it the notoriety foreseen by Scott.

An extract from Worcester Photographic Memories.

Memories of Worcester

I started there in 1949, William (Billy) Bourne was Headmaster, a large portly man. Some of the other teachers names I remember were, Hooper, Griffiths, Stone, Houghton, Gibbs. Mr Gibbs took us for gardening & we had to walk up the Malvern Rd to gardens in Pitmaston Park. I left Chrissies in 1951 having passed to go to the Worcester Technical High School.

My father was a grocer with a shop in Stourport. Every Wednesday afternoon the shop was closed and he took my mother shopping to Worcester. In the school holidays I was also taken. His car was an Austin Saloon similar to the one in the photograph and the busy street is exactly as I remembered.

Walked past this park every day on my way to secondary school between September 1974 and June 1979. I now love to walk round it with my grandson who is fascinated by the ducks and loves the play area.

I was born at an address on Bromwich Road (home birth 1955) and shortly after my family moved to Old Malvern Road in Powick..I attended Powick School.. then Christopher Whitehead Girl's School. At the age of 13 we moved back to Bromyard Rd ..St John's. My Brother and his Wife still run Brunswick Arms in St (...Read full memory)

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