My shopping experience has lead me to the small historical city of Worcester. Famous for the cathedral gracing the back of the British twenty pound note for years, and the birthplace of the composer Edward Elgar – to which there are many memorial statues. The city remains dominated by its array of Victorian building and shops. It does have a fairly modern shopping precinct called Crowngate, which is home to a few modern shops, coffee places and travel agents. It is also occupied by nationwide department stores such as House of Fraser and Debenhams. Similar to those that were first introduced in the 19th century in France.
Marks and Spencer have two stores here in Worcester, one for women, children and their food hall, and another for men and homeware. A Next, TOPSHOP, and TKMaxx are also present down the high street, along with an array of other well known stores. Phone shops are also in plentiful supply, as well as coffee houses and cafe’s.
It is not a bad place to visit for shopping, and it’s layout is easy on the eye too, in a traditional way. The shops however are widely dispersed so sensible shoes are advisable as there is a fair amount of walking to be done if you want to see it all!
I imagine Worcester was not ahead of it’s time when it was first developed, but it is more on an average par with other similar towns and cities, don’t get me wrong it has everything you need, but if you want a wider choice of the same objects you might be best advised to travel further afield.
Photographs to follow.