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Worcester in a Day: Ten Years On

  • 19th November 2018
Ten years ago I took a series of photographs of Worcester that were inspired by the book Worcester in a Day by Michael Dowty. In celebration of this anniversary we take a look at some of the photographs to see how Worcester has changed.
This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Worcester in a Day by Michael Dowty and the fiftieth anniversary of the photographs contained within it. The photographs give an invaluable snapshat of what Worcester was like on a busy Saturday in 1968.

 

Ten years ago I attempted my own version of Worcester in a Day, and a few of these photographs, along with an explanation of some of the sources I used to assist me can be found on a previous post. Taking the photographs gave me a greater appreciation of what Mr Dowty accomplished, especially as his kit must have been a lot more cumbersome than my digital camera!

 

After ten years it seems a good time to look back at the photographs, and it is amazing how much has changed in the city over this time and yet how much still remains identifiable. This year we have been contacted by other people who have carried out a Worcester in a Day of their own this year. It is wonderful to see that the legacy of recording the city is continuing!

 

To celebrate this anniversary, here are a few of the photographs taken during the day in 2008, showing some of the changes to the city.

Waterside Development (c) Teresa Jones

Old Post Office, recently closed, now Tesco Express (c) Teresa Jones

 

Former Infirmary site, now City campus of University (c) Teresa Jones

 

Lichgate area before Cathedral Square (c) Teresa Jones

 

Former Salmon Leap pub (c) Teresa Jones

 

View of High Street (including Jessops and Past Times) (c) Teresa Jones

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