We've got the builders in busily transforming what was a printing business premises into an office and workshop suitable for both our administrative team and our logistics team.
Finger crossed we are hoping to move in at the end of March 2017.
Whilst we are waiting with baited breath for our new Team Event HQ here are some essential facts to this ancient town:
- Edmund Blackadders’ Mother apparently ‘is alive and well and living in Droitwich’!
- Droitwich has a real Chateau…..Though the woman it was built for ran off with the gardener….
- The Borough of Droitwich was England’s major salt producing centre for centuries, and is the most frequently mentioned town (11 times) in the Domesday Book.
- Droitwich Brine is the strongest natural salt water known, and contains 30% natural salts. This is 10 times more concentrated than normal sea water, making it as dense as the Dead Sea.
- Judge Jeffries (the “Hanging Judge” famous for his “Bloody Assizes”) is reputed to have held a court at the Old Cock Inn – the oldest pub in Droitwich.
- Chivalrous nobleman and military commander, Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick was born at Salwarpe Droitwich January 28 1382 and was responsible for the education of King Henry V1.
- The Riot Act was read in Droitwich in 1910, after townsmen rebelled amid rumours of election rigging and cuts in salt makers’ wages. 12 men were arrested as ring leaders and imprisoned, but no-one would accept the Establishment’s offers of bribes to give false witness against these honest men, so they were all finally set free from jail.
- It is said that one rioter threw a stone at a policeman by the Worcestershire Hotel and knocked off his helmet. The policeman chased him to the canal where it is said all scores were settled. Did he jump or was he pushed?
- The salt in the ground at Droitwich, mixes with the water from the canal and river Salwarpe to create rare inland salt marshes at Droitwich Community woods, where you can see plants such as Dittander, normally only found at the seaside.
- There is a Holiday Inn in Droitwich…As featured in their recent TV advert. Droitwich was not actually featured in the advert though.
- Vines Park in the town was a Roman vineyard.
- Long running radio show The Archers based their church of St Stephen at Ambridge, on the nearby Hanbury church of St Mary the virgin.
- The name of Droitwich can be found written on the dials of radios manufactured in the 1940’s and 50’s, so people could tune straight in to Droitwich for the long wave.
- The Droitwich radio masts were crucial in World War 2 for enabling messages to be relayed to the French Resistance. One of the most famous messages sent was “The rabbit is going down his hole.”
- Priory House in the town is said to be haunted by the ghost of Captain Sir Richard Carbury who was stabbed to death by his fiancée Lucretia in the 17th century. It is said he visits the house every 50 years and should be due again April 14 2025, He was last seen however on the 14th April 1875.
- In the 1920’s a bear escaped from the train at Droitwich... After many sightings during its time of freedom, the word went round that the bear was a man eater, so when it was captured they shot it, only to find it was a friendly pet.