"Bredon Village" Worcestershire by jewels63
Worcestershire Travel Guide: 342 reviews and 754 photos
On the Southern border of Worcestershire with Gloucestershire, 63km from Birmingham, is a quaint English village of Bredon.
It was special to me because I had traced my paternal family here till records began with Henry Eighth orders to record all births death and marriages, so he knew exactly how many subjects he had in his kingdom.
My HIGGINS forebears were the agricultural labourers/peasants of Bredon Manor.
Other than the Bredon Parish registers, I think they kept their head down and out of trouble! Pints of ale and cider, bread and cheese at the local pub after Church on Sunday was their pleasure and lot in life.
From my visit there, and from 500 years distance, I was CHARMED as some things like the local pub and the ancient Church with so many artistic expressions.
3 miles away at the meeting of the Severn and Avon Rivers is the medieval town of Tewkesbury(thanks to it being on a flood plain it was never able to develop out).
Tudor black and white buildings and shops crowd the main street and it doesn't take long to imagine what a bustling ancient place this was.
And didn't they build for longevity..go into a pub for lunch and the place hasn't changed much in 500years.
The star attraction is Tewkesbury Abbey. Even for atheists, the quality of architecture and evocation of spirituality makes it a perfect place to sit and be at peace.
The history of this town has its fair share of power struggles, as the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1431 enabled The War of the Roses to come to an end, and if you visit in July there is a re-enactment!
The pub culture with its variety of ales on tap is still everywhere you look, and if its Summer, aswell as a cold lager, there is the popular scrumpy cider to taste. This means they are made to traditional recipes often from local producers.
Worcestershire and Gloucestershires have been growing apples and pears since medieval times.
There are many boutique brewers of ales and ciders to enjoy responsibly......
Be careful the alcohol content ranges and there are non-alcoholic versions. I don't know how my peasant ancestors ploughed a straight line!
- Pros:countryside historic villages and churches
- Cons:if its raining theres only a log fire at the pub!
- In a nutshell:Time-travel in English country villages and towns.
To refresh on our countryside tour, my sister took us to the Tea Rooms down the hill from St.Michael & All Angels Church... more travel advice
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