Dismantling Worcester's Town Plan
Variations in the width and direction
of streets and of the properties or plots associated with them suggest
that the ancient townscape or settlement pattern within the city
walls can be broken down into a number of discrete blocks, or units.
These can be regarded as 'districts' in the sense that they form
natural groupings of one or more related streets and their plots,
and many bear a close relationship to city growth episodes.
Archaeological evidence shows however
that in some instances unsuspected complexities may lurk beneath
the surface of apparently simple development episodes. Such blocks
are known to historical geographers working in Britain as 'plan-units',
to continental geographers as the 'urban tissue'. Every city has
its own individual pattern - contributing directly to our perception
of its historical identity, and what makes it unique.