Protecting, preserving, and promoting Worcester's World Heritage.
His Grace The Duke of Hamilton ~ Lord Faulkner of Worcester Lord Selkirk of Douglas ~ Prof. Ronald Hutton
The Hon. Lady Rosalind Morrison ~ Mr. Henry Berkeley
President: Benjamin Humphrey JP, FRSA
Chairman: Richard Shaw
The Battle of Worcester 1651 was a battle that changed the social, political and historical landscape of England, forever. The English Civil Wars had a major impact on governance in this country, of course, but the ramifications were not just felt on English soil. So important was the outcome of the Battle of Worcester, that two of the founding fathers of the United States of America, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, came to Worcester in 1786 to see the battlefield for themselves.
John Adams recorded his thoughts on the visit to Worcester in his diary (April 1786):
"...Worcester were curious and interesting to us, as Scænes where Freemen had fought for their Rights. The People in the Neighbourhood, appeared so ignorant and careless at Worcester that I was provoked and asked, "And do Englishmen so soon forget the Ground where Liberty was fought for? Tell your Neighbours and your Children that this is holy ground, much holier than that on which your churches stand. All England should come in Pilgrimage to this Hill [Fort Royal] , once a Year."
The Battle of Worcester Society agrees with John Adams!
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson had together written the Declaration of Independence ten years earlier, and less than two years after their visit to Worcester they would help draft the US Constitution.Both of these notable American visitors went on to be Presidents of the United States:- Adams the second, and Jefferson the third.
BoW Society in the USA
In 2014 the Society's President, Benjamin Humphrey and Chief Patron, Lord Faulkner of Worcester will be visiting the USA to build links and connections with historical societies, members of government and private individuals with a view to promoting the inescapable association between the City and County of Worcestershire and the USA.
In the long term we would hope to be able to set up a USA 'branch' of the Battle of Worcester Society to further promote the international siginificance of the Battle of Worcester 1651. If you are based in the USA and would like to discuss this further please get in contact with the Chairman of the society via email. firstname.lastname@example.org
The links below will take you to the official White House profiles of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
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