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Site of Evesham Abbey

The site of Evesham Abbey sits as the ancient sacred centre of the beautiful market town of Evesham. The site covers an area of 7,710m2 (circa 1.9 acres) and is bounded and divided by walls built after the Dissolution (1540). The soils have been identified as clayey alluvium of the Drayton series and brown earths of the Bishampton series overlying slightly stony sandy clay loan. The site, which is centrally located in the ancient market town of Evesham, occupies the area of the abbey nave, cloisters and claustral buildings.

Nearby listed buildings

The site is not only at the historic centre of the town but it is surrounded by important heritage buildings:

  • Listing 1081349: Abbot Reginald’s Gateway (grade I)
  • Listing 1081350: Church House (grade II*)
  • Listing 1081351: All Saints’ church (grade I)
  • Listing 1081352: St Lawrence’s church (grade II*)
  • Listing 1081353: Bell Tower (grade I)
  • Listing 1081390: Walker Hall (grade II*)
  • Listing 1156720: Abbey Gates (grade I)
  • Listing 1302722: The Almonry (grade I)
  • Listing 1350068: Abbey Stables off Little Abbey Lane (grade II*)

These historic buildings are illustrated in the gallery below (all images are copyright Stan Brotherton):

Scheduled Ancient Monument

The figure below shows the Scheduled Ancient Monument in the centre of town, and the complex set of ancient buildings which surround the site:

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Historic England includes a listing (1005297) for the scheduled ancient monument, which covers the entire site of Evesham Abbey plus some surrounding areas. Furthermore, the remains of Evesham Abbey itself include a number of listed structures:

  • Listing 1081354: Abbot Reginald’s wall (grade II).
  • Listing 1081391: Cloister Arch (grade II).
  • Listing 1156586: Remains of the south wall of the Abbey precinct, Little Abbey Lane (grade II).
  • Listing 1156614: Remains of the west wall of the north transept of the Abbey (grade II).

The Cloister Arch is leased to Wychavon District Council who are responsible for its maintenance. This section of the wall is in good condition.

Heritage at risk (HAR)

Sadly the walls to the north and south of the Cloister Arch, and indeed the rest of the site, are in poor condition. Indeed, a number of the structures on the site are included in the Historic England ‘At Risk’ register (entry 1005297) as being in generally an unsatisfactory condition with major localised problems, declining and in need of management. Clearly an important and early part of the project is to undertake wide-ranging wall repairs.

Initial Survey

An initial survey has been undertaken to identify and take measurements of specific sections of the boundary walls. This survey has helped with draft costings because it has helped us establish the scope and extent of the damage and deterioration of the walls.

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