Ghost Hunt At The Very Haunted Commandery Worcester

Ghost Hunt At The Very Haunted Commandery Worcester
Event on 2017-09-30 21:00:00
Ghost Hunter Tours head to The Commandery in Worcester to investigate this very active location.The night will consist of spirit board, table tipping, glass movement, sensory work, also using the equipment such as K2's ovulus, the night will be dedicated to guests new and old and with the help of the experienced staff will make sure you will have the best night possible and that you come away feeling like a ghost hunter. The venue is well documented as a very haunted location  – don't miss your chance to do this event with us  – are you brave enough to join  us? History On the 22nd August 1651, Charles II marched into Worcester at the head of 18,000 men, and set up his Headquarters in the city. William, 2nd Duke of Hamilton, was the Royalist Commander in Chief and he and other officers were billeted at The Commandery. The Royalist troops spent the next two weeks preparing the city's defences, including the fortification of Fort Royal Hill behind The Commandery and City Walls alongside the building. A week later, Oliver Cromwell arrived in Worcestershire with 30,000 men of the New Model Army. On the 3rd September, battle commenced at around noon with Cromwell's attack. After several strategic gains, the Royalists quickly faltered and the army were soon retreating in panic. At the Sidbury Gate outside The Commandery a massive slaughter took place as soldiers tried to flee. By the end of the day, Charles was a fugitive, Hamilton lay dying in The Commandery and England was no longer governed by a monarch with Divine Right. "Say you have been at Worcester, where England's sorrows began, and where they are happily ended."Hugh Peter 1651. Historical sketch of the Commandery in Worcester The Commandery Building The building dates back much further than the Civil War, but has undergone many changes over the centuries, with parts re-built to suit the style and needs of each period. Tradition has it that the building was founded as a hospital around 1085 by Saint Wulfstan, then Bishop of Worcester. However the hospital was built around a much earlier Saxon chapel dedicated to Saint Gudwal – which was located to the North of the present building. The building attributed to Saint Wulfstan was a monastic institution designed to act as a hospital. It seems to have been established with the needs of travellers in mind. Its location, just outside the city walls beside the Sidbury gate, put it at the junction of the main roads from London, Bath and Bristol. Here it could provide travellers with aid should they arrive after the closing of the gates at night. This chapel was a substantial structure as the remains of stone pillars from the building to be seen in the garden suggest. The Hospital itself eventually assumed a shape typical of this period, a H with the Great Hall forming the crossing point between two wings, which still exist today. Most of the building dates from the late fifteenth century and is of timber framed construction. Much of this timber frame would have been cut to size and fitted together in the timber yard before being dismantled and re-erected on site, making timber framed buildings amongst the first "pre-fabs". So that each piece was put together in the right order, the timbers were marked by the carpenters. These marks can be seen throughout the building usually in the form of roman numerals. The spaces between the beams were in-filled with wattle and daub. The wattle, a woven construction of wood was covered by the daub, a plaster whose ingredients could include mud, lime, cow dung, horse hair or straw. After serving its original function for nearly 500 years, the hospital was among the last monastic institutions to be dissolved by Henry VIII in 1540. From this date onwards the Commandery was to fulfill a number of vastly varied roles that would see it the focus of national events during the Civil War through to quieter times as a family home. The building itself would undergo a range of improvements, repairs and re-buildings throughout its history as each successive owner sought to make their stamp on the place

at The Commandery
Worcester, United Kingdom

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