Welcome to St Clement’s Church, Worcester, one of the three oldest parishes in the city of Worcester established circa 10th Century and moved to it's present site in 1823 by Order of Kinng George the Fourth. See photograph of the Proclamation in the Gallery
It seems impossible now to date exactly the foundation of St Clement’s Church, but the parish is nearly 1000 years old. It ‘s origin was in pre Conquest days when times were difficult, largely because of the Danish Raids
The original church was built of timber and stone In part of Worcester which had been important for centuries, for it was near the ancient ford across the river which gave access to Wales. When the river is very low it is possible to see where the ford may have been between the bottom of Tybridge Street and the bottom of Dolday
The present building replaced several St Clement churches which stood on the east bank of the river just within the city walls and the original on the bridge was one of the earliest in Worcester. The Right of Presentation of appointment of a Rector was in the hands of the people. From the Reformation, it passed to the Dean and Chapter, where it remains today
The church is dedicated to Clement, Bishop of Rome. Clement was the third successor of St Peter and reigned as Pope during the last decade of the first century. It is believed that St Clement is the so called “fellow worker” referred to by St Paul in his letter to the Philippians.
Traditions about the life of St Clement abound. One holds that St Clement was exiled to the Crimea because of the skill and extent of his apostolic activities in Rome. He was compelled to work in mines during his exile and he miraculously opened a supply of water to quench the thirst of his fellow slaves. He also managed to preach to them with such effect that there was a need to open seventy five churches. In the year 101 AD he was martyred by order of the Emperor Trajan by being thrown into the sea with an anchor around his neck. Angels were said to have made him a tomb in the sea bed, which was uncovered once a year by an exceptionally low tide.
The anchor became known as one the symbols of St Clement.
His feast day is celebrated on November 23rd.
We are a lively and friendly church, with a range of services, concerts and events
We look forward to welcoming you to St Clement’s in the future!