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Celebrating 900 years of St Clement's Church

Published: 13th October 2023

The front of St Clement's ChurchSt Clement's Church in Worcester will shortly celebrate it's 900th birthday, telling the story of the church over the years, including its journey from East to West.

It had been the intention of the Parochial Church Council to celebrate the 900 years in 2020 (it is believed the church was established in around 1120) but unfortunately COVID intervened and celebrations were temporarily paused.

St Clement’s is one of the three oldest parishes in the city. The first recorded Rector was the Revd Richard de Corderidge in the 12th Century and all subsequent Rectors are listed in the church right up to the present day.The inside of St Clement's Church in Worcester, looking towards the altar

The original churches were located in or around Dolday on the east side of the river and, after some 700 years experiencing flooding and the Rector having to row down the aisle on Sundays, it was decreed by King George IV in a Royal Proclamation, to relocate the parish church to Henwick Hill on the west side of the river, where it stands today, having just celebrated 200 years on that site.

Over the weekend of 24 - 26 November (close to St Clement’s Feast day on 23 November)  church members are planning to recognise this important landmark in the history of this ancient parish with entertainment, floral displays, and a special service on Sunday 26 November 2023 at 10am.

All are welcome to join the celebrations! 

Page last updated: Friday 13th October 2023 9:14 AM

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