Welcome to the Evesham Abbey website!
Evesham Abbey was an imposing structure: over 300 foot high and occupying a site of circa 90,000 square foot. It is believed to have been similar in design and proportions to the neighbouring abbeys of Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Worcester. Many tourists visit Evesham and its Abbey Park but are unaware of its ancient and sacred history or its importance in English history.
The Evesham Abbey programme aims to take on the site of Evesham Abbey in order to:
- Uncover the history and archaeology of the site (Medieval, Anglo-Saxon, perhaps even Romano-British);
- Conserve and preserve the fabric of the site;
- Develop the site as a series of public gardens – proposals include a nave garden, a cloister garden and an abbey grounds garden – to create a new heritage visitor attraction, a place of beauty and tranquillity, inspired by the scale and history of Evesham Abbey; and
- Promote an understanding, appreciation and engagement with the heritage and history of the site.
In combination with other local heritage and tourist attractions – by helping to create a heritage quarter – the programme seeks to increase the tourist profile and appeal of Evesham. The programme to explore and transform the site has been structured as the following discrete but linked projects:
Our immediate priority is conservation – repairing the historic fabric, initial archaeology, and community engagement. This important work is key to ensuring that this ancient sacred site is better understood, maintained and appreciated.
Dr David Cox, an authority on the history of Evesham Abbey and a patron of the trust, has written on the singular importance of this extraordinary site: “Evesham Abbey is not just another monastic site of local interest. It is nationally important.”
Explore this website to find out more about the history of Evesham Abbey (from foundation to dissolution and afterwards), about the site itself, the overall programme, the first conservation project, plus a gallery of images. You can also find out how to support the programme. If you have any ideas or thoughts on the programme which you’d like to share, please get in touch via the contact form.