Situated on the west bank of the River Severn, St John's lies within the boundary of the City of Worcester, but still manages to retain it's own sense of identity as a community: a village or 'township' with an individuality of spirit still prized by many of it's residents and contributors to this book.
Up until the timespan of the memories herein St John's was essentially rural in nature, the fertile land supporting farms, orchards and nurseries. Towards the end of the last century, industry, particularly relating to gloving, had made it's presence felt in such areas as the Bullring and Hylton Road. The land still dominated though, but not for much longer. The memories catalogued here record the changing face of the community as the century progressed. They bear witness to the arrival of such firms as Alley & McLellan and Dowty Meco, bringing with them an influx of people new to the area. Patterns of work began to change. A growing population need to be housed. Builders such as Alexander began constructing on land previously given over to orchards and agriculture. In the 1930s one of his houses cost £500.
Thus St John's began to grow and change. As the houses spread it linked up with Comer Gardens, Henwick, Dines Green and Lower Wick. The City boundary followed, the County retreated and the present day community took shape. Times of change and diversity recalled in these pages.
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