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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 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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