Sat 25th June 2011

The Guildhall, Worcester

The Guildhall, Worcester was the venue for our 55+ and Retirement Roadshow in June 2011

The historic, cathedral city of Worcester has been a location for trade and commerce since Roman times. Today the city has a population of around 93,300 and is an excellent place to do business.

As the county town, Worcester is the main centre within Worcestershire for administrative services and jobs, shopping and tourism.  Worcester is an excellent location at the heart of a beautiful county, with good connections by road and rail to Birmingham, the South West and London, it is an excellent location to live and work.

It's a little known fact that Worcester's beautiful Guildhall has received its fair share of Royal patronage over its long history; many will remember Queen Elizabeth II's visits in 2001 and 2012 but how about King George III on a sunny day in August 1788?

Along with Queen Charlotte and three of the princesses, he pronounced the Assembly Room - now a function/meeting room - on the top floor of The Guildhall - 'a handsome gallery' and drank a toast to 'prosperity to the city and the Corporation of Worcester'. 

The portrait of the King - still hanging in the Assembly Room today - was presented by him to the city to commemorate his visit.

Ben Schiffman, The Guildhall's supervisor said : "The City's Guildhall is a truly beautiful building which dates back to 1721. 

It has a fascinating history – it was once the seat of justice throughout the city and even housed a prison – and today offers both visitors and residents a glimpse of Worcester’s rich and varied heritage."