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Tradition has it that the building was founded as a hospital around 1085 by Saint Wulfstan, then Bishop of Worcester

The hospital was among the last monastic institutions to be dissolved by Henry VIII in 1540

The building survived the battle of Worcester in 1651, when the area was in the thick of the fighting

It has since had many uses including a private home, a college for the blind and a printing works
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The Commandery was bought by Worcester City Council in 1973 after the printing company based there went out of business.

It opened as a museum covering the City's history and then in 1985 switched its emphasis to the Civil War.

Now the focus of the museum is to be widened agian, looking at six aspects of the building's history.

  • The Monastic Hospital in 1480
  • The Wylde family in 1550
  • The Battle of Worcester in 1651
  • The 1800 makeover
  • The College for Blind boys in 1888
  • Littlebury's print works, post 1945

Worcester City Council has been awarded £985,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to conduct a complete refurbishment of the building, displays and garden area.

The new displays and facilities scheduled to open to the public in Spring 2006.

In the meantime the Council is appealing for anyone with memories of when The Commandery was a printing works to get in touch.

Find out more here.

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