Alcester and District Local History Society

Then and Now - The Mop

The Society explores the local history of Alcester and the surrounding villages, to encourage research, recording and publication  for future generations.

Alcester is a small market town in South Warwickshire standing at the junction of the River Arrow and the River Alne.The town has Roman origins and much evidence of the Roman settlement has been uncovered.


The town continued to develop through the centuries up to the present day and there are many half-timbered buildings that still survive in the town centre.

The present day town has a population of  around 12,000 and boasts many historical inns and a traditional High Street lined with a variety of shops.


The Alcester and District Local History Society strives to discover and record the rich and varied past of Alcester and meets every month with a guest speaker giving a presentation of  local or national historical interest.

Alcester Mop has been a fixture in the calendar of the town for centuries.


Our first picture shows the mop being opened by Mr H T Grace in 1962.

The ride was known as “The Noah’s Ark”. All school children received a ticket for a free ride at the mop in those days.


The scene has not changed much in our second photo. The mop is being opened in 2013 by Mr J Mills and the ride is called “The Joker”. You might notice a member of the ADLHS committee officiating at the ceremony!


The Town of Alcester