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That remarkable little Worcestershire Town - looking over a true English scene - Household Words, Charles Dickens 1850

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The Google map above gives the area to the South of the town and the locations mentioned in the text are identified with a marker. If you pass your curser over the marker it’s name will appear. You can zoom in and out of the map to see the exact location and to pan around the map. The Google Street View facility is also active, simply drag the yellow ‘man’ to the location to see the ‘street view’.

Travelling South from Redditch following the River Arrow, after a few miles we pass by Coughton Court.  This Tudor house is famous for its association with the Gunpowder Plot  and collection of Catholic treasures.  

A few miles further, the River Arrow is joined by the River Alne at the Roman town of Alcester. This attractive town has a small, but interesting, Heritage Centre for the towns  Roman past. Close by Alcester is Ragley Hall, at the heart of the Ragley Estate, which dates back to 1680.

The River Arrow then flows on to join the River Avon which has a number of riverside town which are well worth a visit. Perhaps the most  famous of these is Statford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare and the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Further down the river is Bidford, Evesham, with the remains of its ancient abbey in the Abbey Park and riverside walks along the Avon and Pershore, before it joins the River Severn at Tewkesbury.

The River Severn is the longest river in the United Kingdom, beginning in the Welsh mountains and flowing down to the Severn Estuary. Further upstream from Tewkesbury is Upton-0n-Severn and then, about 20 miles from Redditch, Worcester, our county town. The historic city of Worcester is famous for its 12th Century cathedral is a thriving County Town, with good shopping facilities, museums, theatre and parks.

Directly south from Redditch within our 25 mile limit is the the popular Cotswolds region which is the country's largest officially designated 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' . The northern edge includes the beautiful ancient village of Broadway, known as the 'Jewel of the Cotswolds' and above the village is Broadway Tower, a folly built in 1799 and one of the best viewpoints in the Cotswalds. Among the many famous gardens is Hidcote Manor, one of the National Trusts most visited sites.