Alcester and District Local History Society

Then and Now - Priory Road

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 Methodist Chapel, built around 1850, is shown in the photograph. The two buildings to the left of the chapel were demolished in the early 60s to make way for Clarks Motor Showroom, later to become Coulters of Evesham. The chapel became unstable so two large girders were put in place to hold the building up. Subsequently the chapel had to be demolished, in 1966, along with the house on the right hand side. The former schoolroom behind the chapel was converted and extended as a replacement, and this is still in use today. The car showroom was demolished about 10 years ago and the space now provides an entrance to Waitrose supermarket. Jackson Jewellers now occupy the shop to the right of this photograph, at that time Mrs Perry’s wool shop.

The Town of Alcester
The south end of Priory Rd, a scene that has changed almost beyond recognition.