THE COMMANDERY became the headquarters for Charles II before the Battle of Worcester in 1651, while at other times it was a print works, a church and a monastic hospital. It now houses a museum that features the story of the building and the city via six displays based on different times in its history. It’s open Tuesdays to Saturdays and Sunday afternoons all year. inside), beyond which there is a boatyard and pub. A pleasant two miles of open countryside then leads to Hanbury Wharf which has a boatyard with all boaters requirements, the junction with the Droitwich Canal, and also a good pub and restaurant.
Hanbury Hall and park (see inset) can be reached via a public footpath from the next lock which is the bottom lock of the Astwood Flight. Hanbury village is reputed to be the basis for the fictional Ambridge, home of the long running radio programme The Archers. Five of