About Droitwich Spa

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Droitwich Spa is a town in northern Worcestershire, England, and has a population of about 25,000 people. The town is about 11 Km north of the county city of Worcester, and about 33 Km south of the city of Birmingham. Droitwich Spa, has its own Town Council. However, major issues are dealt with by the local government area of Wychavon which also comprises the nearby towns of Pershore, Evesham and Broadway and the surrounding rural areas. Wychavon has a combined population of about 120,000 people.

The town is situated on massive deposits of salt, which has been extracted since ancient times. The natural brine is ten times stronger than sea water and is only rivaled by the Dead Sea. The history of the town is thus very much tied to the history of the extraction of salt, and the use of the brine, in the area. For many centuries salt extraction from the brine was a major industry of the town. Some buildings in the oldest part of the town date from this period, but little remains of this industrial heritage. The canal that serviced the salt production is still present on the northern side of the town, but the main part of the site of the salt works is now Vines Park, and the remainder a retail area including a Waitrose supermarket

In the 19th century Droitwich was developed largely as a Spa town, and most of the buildings in the civic area of the town reflect this period of its history.

There are several churches in Droitwich Spa including St. Augustine’s completed in 1220 and rebuilt in the 18th century. It stands on a hill overlooking the town, which is also the site of a former Roman fort. St Peter’s, was built on the site of a former Saxon church, and has a memorial to Edward Winslow, one of the Pilgrim Fathers who was born in the parish. The Roman Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart and St Catherine of Alexandria, completed in 1921, has an interior covered almost entirely of mosaic and marble designed by Gabriel Pippet.

Droitwich Spa has one senior school: Droitwich Spa High School; two Middle schools: Witton Middle School and Westacre Middle School; and nine First schools: Chawson, Cutnall Green, Hindlip, Ombersley, St. Peter’s, St. Joseph’s, Tibberton, Westlands and Wychbold. Dodderhill School is an independent girls school.

The Norbury Theatre hosts regular shows year-round, including an annual pantomime, and also shows films. The Norbury has an active Youth Theatre for ages 12 to 18.

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