Queen Elizabeth I in Worcestershire, 1575

web 1575 coin (c) Museums WorcestershireThis silver sixpence minted in 1575 from the Worcestershire County collection links to a significant royal visit that year to Worcestershire. Queen Elizabeth I arrived at Hartlebury on 12th August 1575 as part of her progress around the country. Bishop Bullingham made a garden walk in the grounds of Hartlebury Castle especially for her visit.

The following day the Queen moved on to Worcester, where orders had been given to the inhabitants of Worcester to white-lime and colour their houses. She dined at Hindlip and hunted at Hallow and supposedly during her visit she saw a black pear tree and directed that three black pears be added to Worcester’s coat of arms (which are still present today). Altogether it became an expensive visit for her hosts: the townspeople presented the Queen with a gift of a cup containing £40 in sovereigns, and the Dean of the Cathedral presented her with a purse of crimson velvet containing £20 (about a year’s salary for a Vicar).

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