Antiquarian beginnings

Hugh Strickland, 1811-1853, was a geologist, ornithologist and naturalist. He lived at Cracombe in the Vale of Evesham, and discovered bones of exotic creatures including aurochs (giant wild cattle), bison, and hippopotamus, in gravel deposits in the Avon Valley near Cropthorne. He was one of the founder members of the Worcestershire Society for Natural History.

He established conventions for the naming of animal species which are still in use today.

Tragically, he died aged just 42, struck by a train whilst inspecting the geology of a new railway cutting.