Patrons

Patrons of the Evesham Abbey Trust

The trust is proud to be supported by its three patrons: Sir Roy Strong, Dr David Cox, and Nigel Huddleston MP.

Sir Roy Strong CH FRSL
Sir Roy Colin Strong is an art historian, museum curator, writer, broadcaster and landscape designer. The trust is thrilled to have his support. Sir Roy has written:

“The project is a really good one. It will lift Evesham which has slipped downwards over the decades. Now is just the time for a fillip like this to pull it up again… Evesham needs a lift of this kind, I have watched it slide downhill for too long.”

David Cox BA PhD FSA
Born near Evesham in 1945 and educated at Prince Henry’s Grammar School and UCL, David Cox was appointed assistant editor of the Victoria History of Shropshire in 1972 and became county editor in 1999, retiring in 2002. From 1997 to 2002 he also lectured in history at Keele University, where he was co-director of the Latin and Palaeography Summer School and founder of the Shropshire Record Series. For over fifty years Dr Cox has been writing scholarly works on Evesham abbey, the battle of Evesham (1265), and other aspects of the Vale of Evesham. He was elected FSA in 1978. His book The Church and Vale of Evesham, 700-1215: Lordship, Landscape and Prayer was published by Boydell & Brewer in 2015. David is a national authority on the Abbey. He has written:

“Few great abbeys can claim such a long and continuous history. The abbey precinct is a rare survival as the accessible site of an Anglo-Saxon monastery and of its associated buildings. The abbey precinct holds precious information, of national interest but yet to be uncovered, about the transition from Romano-British to Anglo-Saxon culture. At Evesham the archaeology, not only of the church but of all the precinct buildings, is both accessible and of national academic interest. Evesham abbey is not just another monastic site of local interest. It is nationally important. The scheme currently being prepared by the Evesham Abbey Trust is designed to allow public use of the site without having to disturb or permanently seal over the archaeological remains. The scheme will thus enhance access to the precinct for archaeologists too, with the likelihood that information of national significance will be recovered.”

Nigel Huddleston MP
Nigel Huddleston, who lives in Badsey, became MP for Mid-Worcestershire in 2015. He has a particular interest in tourism and the digital economy, and sits on the Culture, Media and Sport Committee. Nigel is a keen supporter of the project and has written:

“I stand ready to help in any way I can. I think your plans are exceptionally good and will be of huge benefit to Evesham.”

We are very grateful for the support and assistance of our patrons.

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