Near Droitwich Spa

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Near Droitwich Spa (5 Km) is the central long-wave broadcasting facility of the UK (Wychbold BBC transmitter), which is also used for transmissions in the medium wave range. It was sited near Droitwich Spa because the huge amount of underground salt provided a good ground earth and increased signal strength.

Hanbury Hall (6 Km) is a nearby beautiful William and Mary style house built in 1701 by Thomas Vernon, a lawyer and Member of Parliament for Worcester. Hanbury Hall is open to the public and is operated by The National Trust. Also open to visitors are the nearby : Harvington Hall (11 Km) – a moated medieval manor house with priest-holes; Witley Court (17 Km) – once one of England’s great country houses, but now a spectacular ruin, together with Great Witley Church with its restored Baroque interior; and Coughton Court (20 Km) – one of England’s finest Tudor country houses.

Bromsgrove (11 Km) – a former market town and the site of the Avoncroft Museum housing a collection of historical buildings that have been rescued from demolition and rebuilt at the museum.

Worcester (12 Km) – the county town of Worcestershire and famous for its Cathedral, the production of Worcester porcelain, and its association with battles of the Civil War between Parliament and various Kings from the Royal House of Stuart.

 

Stourport (16 Km) and Bewdley (21 Km) – historic towns which were once trading ports on the River Severn.

Pershore (22 Km) – a small market town, famous for the plums grown in the area and its annual plum festival.

Malvern and the Malvern Hills (24 Km) – a former spa town and adjacent ridge of hills, including two which were used as signal beacons (the Worcester and Hereford Beacons), and an iron-age hill fort (known as the British Camp).

Bredon Hill (27 Km) – small hill which is part of, but separate from the Cotswold Hills, and the site of several ancient monuments. It was popularised through the poems of A. E. Housman (1859 – 1936), as well as many other peots and composers.

Birmingham (35 Km) – is a large modern city with a multi-cultural population, and many museums, theatres, art galleries and concert halls.

Stratford-Upon-Avon (36 Km) – the home town of William Shakespeare, and site of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Dudley (36 Km) – an industrial town and site of the Black Country Museum, a museum of the industrial heritage of the area.

Ludlow (50 Km) – an unspoiled Georgian market town and castle.

The Cotswolds (50 – 70 Km) – an area of countryside, rural villages and small towns famous, for their unspoiled beauty.

Warwick (51 Km) – the county town of Warwickshire and site of a medieval castle, originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068 and often used for historical enactments.

Kenilworth (55 Km) – the site of another castle, at one time home of Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, and which contains a reconstruction of a garden created by the Earl for a visit of Queen Elizabeth I in 1575.

Coventry (59 Km) – an industrial city and site of a modern Cathedral designed by Sir Basil Spence and including works by Jacob Epstein, Graham Sutherland, John Piper and other post-war artists.

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