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Tudor House (Worcester)

The Tudor House is an excellent little museum and tourist atttraction in the historic city of Worcester.

It is a picturesque timber framed house in Worcester's historic Friar Street, not far from the Greyfriars, and was built in the early 16th century.

The building has had a variety of uses, including as a workshop for a number of trades, including weavers, clothiers, tailors, bakers, pinters and brewers, as well as a lodging house, the Cross Keys Inn, a tearoom, a school clinic and a Second World War air raid wardens' post.

It became a museum, run by Worcester City Council, in 1971, and from the mid 1990s was known as the Museum of Local Life.

However, to the dismay of many visitors, the Council decided to close it in 2003.

Happily, it is now open again, under the name Tudor House, and is run by a group of volunteers known as the Worcester Heritage Amenity Trust.

One of the rooms concentrates on the history of the house, with displays of loom and frame weaving, and a chance to smell the herbs and spices that were used for cooking in Tudor times.

Another room has features on the industrial and commercial heritage of Worcester.

There is also a small Coffee Room, selling a selection of drinks and cakes.

The Trust is to be congratulated on its determination to reopen such a splendid amenity.

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