Worcester (/ˈwʊstər/ (listen) WUUS-tər) is a cathedral city in Worcestershire, England, 30 miles (48 km) south-west of Birmingham, 101 miles (163 km) west-north-west of London, 27 miles (43 km) north of Gloucester and 23 miles (37 km) north-east of Hereford. The population is nearly 100,000. The River Severn flanks the western side of the city centre, which is overlooked by Worcester Cathedral. The Battle of Worcester in 1651 was the final fight of the English Civil War, where Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army defeated King Charles II’s Royalists. Worcester is known as the home of Royal Worcester Porcelain, composer Edward Elgar,Lea & Perrins, makers of standard Worcestershire sauce, University of Worcester, and Berrow’s Worcester Journal, claimed to be the world’s oldest newspaper.