Pictures of Bewdley
The graceful arches of the bridge designed by Thomas Telford (1757-1854) are a dominant feature of this lovely old town which nestles on the banks of the River Severn. The main body of the bridge consists of three arches with smaller arches to either side of the river bank. The west bank leads directly into the towns' main street, which like the rest of the town is a conservation area. Load Street, shows a host of handsome Georgian properties built during the prosperous era when Bewdley was an important inland harbour. The parish church is also Georgian, St.Anne's was built in 1740 to replace a medieval chapel. Attractive black and white buildings of the Tudor and Jacobean periods are interspersed throughout the town thus enriching its mainly Georgian character.
The heady days of medieval prosperity are recalled in the cobbled Shambles, a street built on the site of the old butchers market in 1783. The shambles, now houses the Bewdley Crafts Museum which keeps alive the old crafts of yester-year.
Tickenhill House, stands on a hill above the town. The brick facade of this mansion was added to the remains of a Tudor royal palace in 1738. In 1499 this was the site of the marriage by proxy of Prince Arthur to Catherine of Aragon. In later years Catherine's daughter Mary I, made a visit to the palace. The mature parkland surrounding the house is absolutely stunning and a joy to see.
A museum in the town records the history of the town and surrounding villages. There is an easy to follow town trail which shows almost all the town's historic buildings and interesting features.
More latterly, during the winter months this enchanting little town has suffered severe flooding from the River Severn. New flood barriers are now in place giving the town a good measure of protection.
Attractions to visit include; The Severn Valley Railway, The West Midlands Safari Park and the lovely Wyre Forest
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