Our Heritage for Future Generations
Celebrating our History - Celebrating the Opportunity
The Powick Parish History Project at St Peter's Church is trying to raise the profile of the significant local history heritage in the village of Powick, and in its large church, the Parish Church of St Peter's.
Commanding a position of grace and elegance above the flood plain (The Hams) of the River Teme, it is not unsurprising that it had a significant role in the English Civil War as a precursor to the Battle of Worcester. See the links below for this history. Powick was also well know for its innovative hydroelectric scheme on the Teme, the Queensbury Rules in Boxing and its prominent role in mental health and development of psychiatric practice. All these things and more should be celebrated and remembered by the future generations living in and around the village.
With the COVID19 outbreak, our plans to apply to the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund have been curtailed in April 2020 as that grant making body directs its efforts to support emergency causes. Given the work down on our excellent outline application, we were all hoping for deferment not cancelling. We are not disheartened- we will regroup and re-scope the project to seek alternative grants and funds. With your help......
In time, the Project Team will get around to creating their own website linked to this Benefice (group of parishes) website. It will also feature a Giving Page.
A short survey of St Peter's Church which was carried out by Roderick Sproak of Hwiccian Archaelogy can be found here.
You can also find it on the Facebook page for North Worcestershire Archaeology: https://www.facebook.com/groups/127302030628262/
In April 2021 Roderick produced the following article: St Peter's Parish, Powick - Topography During the First Battle of Worcester. This article can be found here.
Click on the links below for more information...
Winter Edition of the Powick Parish Council’s newsletter
Visitors to St Peter’s church, and the regular congregation, can’t fail to be impressed by the new display boards in the Church that were installed at the end of September 2019
Installing the boards was the brain child of the Powick Parish Heritage @ St Peter’s project team as a way of kick-starting the programme to renovate the Church & install a Civil War Visitor Centre in the Lady Chapel.
There are 4 information boards – two give the history of St Peter’s and the role it and the Village played in the 1651 Civil War, whilst the other two feature prominent historic buildings in the locality – Powick Lunatic Asylum & Powick Mill by the River Teme.
Commenting on the new aquisition, Jonathan Slade, Secretary of Powick PCC & project chairman said “The boards were made possible by a grant from the Parish Council and an EU LEADER grant Helping rural businesses grow. The boards installation, and the local history conveyed, widens the role of the Church as a community, cultural and historic hub, and makes a strong statement of our intention to renovate St Peter’s to secure its future“
The European Agriculture Fund for Rural Development
Europe Investing in Rural Areas