Friday, 2 January 2015

Historic Town of Evesham

On New Years Eve I visited the historic Market Town of Evesham in Worcestershire, England. 

The town lies within the Vale of Evesham, an area comprising the flood plain of the River Avon and was founded around an 8th-century abbey, one of the largest in Europe, which was destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, with only Abbot Lichfield's Bell Tower remaining. During the 13th century, one of the two main battles of England's Second Barons' War took place near the town, marking the victory of Prince Edward who later became King Edward I.
Bell Tower And St Lawrence's Church
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Evesham’s Bell Tower is undoubtedly the country’s finest detached Bell Tower and the iconic building of Evesham. Apart from being a beautiful building, it holds an acclaimed ring of bells (one of the best English-hung ring of bells in the world). The Bell Tower is also one of the last links to the great Abbey of Evesham. It was built around 1530 and was commissioned by the last true abbot of Evesham, Abbot Clement Lichfield, with the detailed masonry being overseen by Robert Vertue the younger. The Abbey Church and nearly all the monastic buildings disappeared following the Dissolution of the Monastries. In the background lies St Lawrence's Church.
St Lawrence's Church
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St Lawrence's Church is a redundant Anglican church in the centre of Evesham. It is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building, and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. It stands close to the parish church of All Saints, and to the bell tower of the former Evesham Abbey. This large and imposing church is of Norman foundation, though it now appears entirely Perpendicular, having been rebuilt in the 16th-century. It fell into ruin in the 18th-century and but was rescued and restored again by the local architect H Eginton in 1836.

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