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Commandery (Worcester)

The Commandery is a historic building in the ancient cathedral city of Worcester.

It is situated in Sidbury, just across the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.

The Commandery is a timber framed building, and is now used as a museum interpreting Worcester`s history.

It was founded as the Hospital of St. Wulfstan in the 15th century, and came into the hands of the Wylde family after the Reformation. It acted as the Royalist headquarters at the Battle of Worcester in 1651, after which Charles II had to flee to France.

Later, the building became a college for the blind and still later a printing works.

It was purchased by the City Council in 1977.

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