Historic Droitwich: Its Streets and People is a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) which has been carried out over three and a half years to March 2017 by members of the Dodderhill Parish Survey Project group. (To find out more about this group, its previous projects and the background to this project, click here.) We hope that this will be the first of two or three HLF-supported phases and that we can carry out further research on the architectural and social history of the town’s earliest streets and buildings.
The current project has looked at documentary evidence of the people who have lived and worked in the town over 8 centuries (from the 1200s to the mid 1900s), and at the buildings which survive that were constructed initially from the 1300s to the 1600s. Where possible we have linked the people to the buildings, although the further back we go, the more difficult this becomes and therefore the oldest ‘people’ information is generic rather than specific.
The website has been launched to include the most important of Droitwich's oldest buildings, and will soon be updated with more information on other buildings which also survive from the 1500s or 1600s.
We look forward to adding yet more to the website as time and our research move forward: to include buildings ‘lost’ over the last century or so, to add information on buildings constructed from the 1700s onwards, and to include the results of further research on the people of the town such as family tree reconstructions and information from sources not yet accessed.
Our sincere thanks go to the owners and occupiers of the town’s oldest buildings who have allowed us access over the past three and a half years, and to the various experts who have put their knowledge and skills at our disposal.
We welcome any feedback, and would be pleased to hear from anyone who has information, documents or Contact Us’.to add to the ‘record’ of Droitwich’s people and buildings. Please ‘
We hope you enjoy exploring Droitwich’s past through this website.