Worcester, town, now part and seat of the Breede Valley local municipality, Western Cape prov., SW South Africa. It produces wine and liquor and processes the fruits and vegetables of the surrounding farm region. There are also furniture and paint industries. The town was founded in 1820 and was named for the Marquess of Worcester, governor of Cape of Good Hope Colony. The Old Drostdy (1825), which is a national monument, several museums, and a botanic garden are in Worcester.
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