Visit Worcestershire’s Women
To celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8 March 2021 we are delving into the places you can visit in Worcestershire to hear women’s stories. If you live locally you can explore some of these sites whilst still in lockdown, otherwise you can learn about these incredible Worcestershire Women from afar and visit later.
One way you can learn more about the women of Worcestershire is through the plaques put up by Worcester and Malvern’s Civic Societies.
In Malvern you can visit a plaque for the famed lady with the lamp, Florence Nightingale who visited Malvern several times in her lifetime to be treated by water cure practitioner, Dr Walter Johnson. The plaque sits near the Malvernbury Spring in Abbey Road.
Worcester has a host of plaques commemorating the women of the city, including the plaque to Hannah Snell on Friar Street. In the 18th century Hannah Snell, who was born in Worcester, disguised herself as a man and become a soldier to track down her estranged first husband. She took part in many battles and was eventually discharged when she returned to England and revealed her identity.
Used as the home of the Bishop of Worcester from the year 855 all the way up to 2007, Hartlebury Castle now stands as a museum exploring the Bishops that lived there, and what life was like in Worcestershire for previous generations.
Much of the story told at Hartlebury Castle comes from a diary left by Emily Pepys, the daughter of Bishop Henry Pepys who moved there in 1841. You can explore the castle through the eyes of Emily and hear more about her life
Hartlebury Castle is re-opening its Grounds on Friday 2nd April, with the hope to re-open the Castle buildings on Tuesday 18th May, in line with government guidelines.
Vesta Tilley Statue
Vesta Tilley, otherwise known as Matilda Alice Powles, was a music hall star and one of the best known male impersonators of the late 1800’s.
A trail leaflet from the Worcestershire archives team, Explore the Past guides you around Worcester to areas that Vesta and her family once lived and worked. The trail includes a visit to Worcester’s Cornmarket where Vesta is honoured with a statue along with other famous Worcester faces.