History & Heritage
Pershore is an elegant market town set in the heart of the Vale Of Evesham and it has a wealth of history and heritage.
The impressive, medieval Pershore Abbey was founded in 689AD by King Oswald. Later, in 972AD, a charter was granted by King Edgar. Most of the Abbey's architecture is from the 13th century and today it is dominated by the tall pinnacled tower. In summer the tower is often open. Climb to the top for a beautiful view of the Vale and Bredon Hill.
Pershore is renowned for its outstanding Georgian façade and many of the buildings are listed. Pick up a copy of the Pershore Town Walk from the Tourist Information Centre and spend time wandering around the town.
Visit the Pershore Heritage Centre, located in the new Town Hall, for themed displays of bygone Pershore. Click here to visit their website.
A short distance away from the town centre stands Pershore Bridge, scene of Civil War skirmishes. Look closely and you will be able to see the scars of battle.
Just outside the town is Tyddesley Wood - 185 acres of ancient woodland and home to herb Paris, small leaved lime and the wild service tree. This woodland dates back to the Ice Age and was mentioned in the Doomsday Book.
Local History Books by Local Artists
PERSHORE PUBS & PRESENT
- Janet Daniels, published privately 2002
This book relates to the history of over thirty pubs in this Worcestershire town together with the names of the people connected with them. Today most of these pubs have vanished and the town now has less than ten.
£5.99 (ISBN 978-0-9552623-0-2)
PERSHORE PEOPLE - Janet Daniels & Marion Freeman, published privately 2004
This book describes the lives of some of the Pershore’s past, many of whom were just ordinary folk. From the Perrott family to the cholera victims the authors have tried to bring to life the stories behind certain individuals who have become part of the history of Pershore. There are stories, for instance, of one of the First-Fleeters transported to Australia: of George Mason, the author of the US Bill of Rights: and artist Thomas Woodward.
£5.99 (ISBN 978-0-9552623-1-9)
PERSHORE DIGEST - Janet Daniels & Marion Freeman, published privately 2006
This book contains snippets of interesting stories that the authors have come across during their research. There are stories of highwaymen, ghosts, a black drummer, a Chindit and a Counterfeiter. Then there are facts About Pershore’s weather in the in the 20th century: the 19th century population of the area: the first aeroplane, the coming of gas, electricity and water to the town and much more.
£4.50 (ISBN 978-0-9552623-2-6)
PERSHORE REVISITED - Marion Freeman, published 2005 by Tempus Publishing Ltd
This book is a valuable pictorial history that will delight anyone interested in the town and it’s people. There are over 200 archive photographs revealing some of the changes that have taken place in Pershore over the last century.
£12.99 (ISBN 0-7542-3737-2)