Worcester’s remarkable Queen Anne styled Guildhall with exceptional interior and exterior decorations.
The history of the Worcester Guildhall dates back to around 1225 when it was first built as an assembly place for the merchants of Worcester. The current building was designed and built around 1772 by the stone mason Thomas White, a student of the world renowned architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Designed in the Queen Anne style, the outside of the Worcester Guildhall is red brick dressed with stone and set with alcoves for statues of King Charles I and King Charles II. At the edge of the rooftop are further statues representing Chastisement, Plenty, Justice and Peace. Above the main doors you will see a magnificent gilded coat of arms of the Hanoverian dynasty. There are many other heraldic pieces and a statue of Queen Anne carved by Thomas White himself.
The interior of the Guildhall is truly lovely and has a series of palatial rooms. Visitors can view the entrance hall and then climb the stairs a view the exceptional Grand Italianate styled Assembly Room when it is not in use. Even if you don’t go into the building it worth a few minutes to appreciate the architecture and decoration of the building. The Guildhall is usually open 6 days a week but it is best to check if there are any access restrictions on the day of your visit as the building is still in use for a range of purposes. Adjacent to the Guildhall is the Worcester Tourist Information Centre which is also well worth a visit.
The Guildhall is licenced to conduct wedding ceremonies, civil partnership ceremonies and naming ceremonies. As a popular wedding venue it can accommodate up to 200 guests. If you are interested in using the Guildhall for your event please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tel: 01905 722 018.
Special thanks to Michael D Beckwith for the exceptional interior photography – reproduced with permission.
ADDRESS & CONTACT
High St, Worcester, Worcestershire, England – WR1 2EY
Sat Nav Postcode: B610UE
Sat Nav Postcode Parking: B61OUE