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Alcester and District Local History Society
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.
Then and Now ………
The 1960s was a decade of great change in Alcester, Many old buildings were lost, some of them of great antiquity. The buildings on the left in the earlier photograph were a prime example. There was a bakery in these premises. They were demolished by Alcester Co-operative Society in order to build a new showroom selling men's outfitting and furniture. Just a couple of years later Alcester Co-op merged with the Midland Co-op and the building was subsequently sold. It now houses a carpet shop, hairdressers and Indian restaurant. The junction of the A435 Evesham to Birmingham road and A422 Stratford to Worcester road was known as Globe Corner, named after the former coaching inn that stood there. It was a notorious traffic bottle-neck and at weekends a policeman was sometimes provided to direct the traffic. To improve the traffic flow the Globe Hotel was demolished and its place was taken by a roundabout. This has a globe in the centre, to preserve the memory of the former occupant of the site.
(Old photo - copyright unknown)
(Modern photo - copyright S Godfrey, taken with the kind permission of the Moore family)