12 Facts About Alcester


Alcester is a market town and civil parish of Roman origin at the junction of the River Alne and River Arrow in the Stratford-on-Avon District in Warwickshire, England, approximately 8 miles west of Stratford-upon-Avon, and 7 miles south of Redditch, close to the Worcestershire border.

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Alcester was founded by the Romans in around AD 47 as a walled fort.

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Some houses of Roman Alcester appear to have been well endowed, with features such as heating, painted plaster and mosaic floors.

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Alcester was the site of Alcester Abbey, a Benedictine monastery founded in 1138 by Ralph le Boteler.

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Richard de Tutbury, the last abbot, resigned his office in 1467 and Alcester Abbey was absorbed into the neighbouring Evesham Abbey.

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Alcester competed in the competition for city status as part of the Platinum Jubilee Civic Honours.

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Alcester Town Hall was built between 1618 and 1641, and is a grade I listed building.

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The loop was built to address the fact that the main line bypassed most of the towns it might otherwise have served, but it took three separate companies to complete, Alcester being on the Evesham and Redditch railway prior to absorption by the Midland.

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Alcester is served by buses from Redditch, Evesham and Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Kinwarton, which is just north of Alcester, contains a church of Anglo Saxon origin and a historic dovecote, Kinwarton Dovecote, which is a National Trust property.

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Alcester is a significant town on the 100-mile-long Heart of England Way long-distance trail.

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River Alne and Arrow, which join on the outskirts of Alcester, have occasionally flooded and on a few occasions engulfed part of the town.

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