The Charles Archive: A Worcester City Walking Trail

  • 25th September 2018

This is the thirteenth in a series of blog posts celebrating the life and work of timber-frame building specialists F.W.B ‘Freddie’ and Mary Charles. Funded by Historic England, the ‘Charles Archive’ project aims to digitise and make more accessible the Charles Archive collection. The issue of accessibility forms a key part of today’s blog.

Given the historic interest of the surviving buildings featured within the Charles Archive, public access can never be too far from our minds. Some buildings of course, will be private residences, but many are places that members of the public can visit for themselves.  In order to highlight some of these sites, the project team have been working on two trail guides.  The first of these, being launched as part of Worcester’s Heritage Month is the Worcester City Timber-Framed Building Trail.  A guided walk will be taking place on Sunday 30th September, meeting at 2.30pm outside The Guildhall on High Street.

The walk is lef by Sheena Payne-Lunn, Worcester City’s Historic Environment Record Officer. You can just turn up for the walk but if you have questions you can contacvt her on or (01905) 721133

This trail is a gentle stroll through some of Worcester City Centre’s historic streets, taking in key buildings such as the Commandery, but most advantageous to the visitor is that all of these buildings are accessible in one form or another. Due to their location, the majority of the buildings are commercial premises and perhaps even more fortunately, are often places where  the discerning visitor may stop off for a pint, or a coffee and cake.

Road testing this trail will be a difficult job, but someone has to do it… enjoy!

Proposed Restoration of 20 Mealcheapen Street (now Clockwatchers) in 1977 (BA12857/256)



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