Now roughly conterminous with Worcestershire, it was created by Theodore in c.679 out of the large Mercian see for the Hwicce people who inhabited Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, and half Warwickshire. The Worcester diocese was reduced in size by the creation of the see of Gloucester in 1541 and Birmingham in 1905. The cathedral, though Norman in plan with Norman crypt and chapter house, was mostly refashioned in the 19th cent. with a Perpendicular cloister.
Subjects: British History.