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Evesham Abbey

 

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  • Evesham Abbey, Evesham

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  • Founded in perhaps 701, but certainly by 709, by the middle ages Evesham Abbey had become the third largest in England according to some scholars of the day, thanks to the cult of Saint Egwin.
  • Egwin, the third bishop of Worcester, founded the abbey after a swineherd named Eof reportedly saw a vision of the Virgin Mary on or near the site. Once he died the abbey gradually became the centre of the Egwin cult attracting numerous pilgrims.
  • The nearby Battle of Evesham saw Simon de Montfort, the champion reformer of the era, lose his head and his remains were buried in the abbey. His tomb attracted further pilgrims as many English considered him a hero.
  • In 1540 the reformation hit Evesham with the townsfolk attacking the abbey and looting it of its valuable. It was then gradually stripped of stone, wood and lead which contributed to the construction of other parts of Evesham.
  • Today only the bell tower of the abbey remains along with some outlines, including most notably, a circular outline of where the abbeys 13th century chapter house stood.

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Reference No.
6616
First Uploaded
14-02-2012
Last Editorial Date
14-02-2012
 

Building Location

Address
Abbey Mews, Evesham. WR11
Council
Wychavon District Council
County
Worcestershire
Region
West Midlands
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Demolished
Construction start date
709
Completion date
1540
Style
Gothic

Roof Height (AGL)
52.00 *

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Primary Use
Place of Worship


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