This evening, I am focusing on the pleasant market town of Evesham in central England. The name can be traced back to 709 and means ‘land in a river bend belonging to a man called Eof’.
Evesham is perhaps best known for its horticulture and fruit. The Vale of Evesham benefits from fertile soil which produces apples, plums, asparagus plus other plants and produce. Other industries have developed including I.T. and processing. The prosperous town offers a good choice for wining, dining and shopping.
Location is about 100 miles NW of London.
Historically, Evesham is best known for (its now defunct) abbey and a medieval battle which took place in 1265. Here is a summery from a historic perspective:
- Abbey founded around AD 700. This survived and grew to become one of the wealthiest in England until the Dissolution in 1540 when it was destroyed and plundered by local townspeople. Only the Bell Tower remains (see image below).
- Battle of Evesham August 4th 1265. Here the forces of Simon de Montfort were destroyed by Prince Edward (later Edward I).
- A short exchange during the English Civil War of 17th century.
Here are the key sites for a visitor to consider:
- The Almonry: Dates from the 14th century and was formerly part of the medieval abbey. Now houses the town museum.
- Abbey Park: Site of the former abbey with paths down to the River Avon.
- Medieval Churches: All Saints and St.Lawrene's,,both close to the abbey site and near town centre.
- River Avon: Boat trips during summer.
- Battle of Evesham site.