Visit Pershore and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Pershore, Worcestershire, lies 9 miles from Worcester on the west side of the Vale of Evesham. The River Avon flows to the south of the town and from the modern bridge can be seen its six-arched, mostly medieval, bridge with its central larger arch restored after Civil War damage. It is a delightful, prosperous, Georgian town, situated in the heart of the fruit-growing country, in an area particularly renowned for its plums. It remains a country town with many impressive houses lining Bridge Street.
The history of the town seems to have begun with St Oswald's religious foundation in 689. With the coming of the Normans, the Benedictines built what was probably one of the greatest pre-Reformation abbeys in the country. It was certainly much larger than Worcester Cathedral and its destruction at the Dissolution must rank as one of the major disasters of that period. The beautiful surviving remnant was preserved because the people of Pershore bought the monastic part of the church for their own worship. This section has a splendid Transitional to Early English lantern tower of remarkable proportions, enhancing the strength of the curves of the Norman arches supporting it. The beautiful arcading of the presbytery is all 13th-century. Inside the lantern is fine trefoiled arcading which screens a passage. From the exterior the corner turrets with spirelet pinnacles present a perfection matched perhaps only by those of Lincoln Cathedral. The Church of St Andrew opposite came into being when Edward the Confessor seized the revenues of Pershore Abbey for the benefit of his royal foundation at Westminster. The church is mostly l5th-century and has little to attract attention other than a tympanum carved with a cross and shell-like bosses. Roman pottery has been discovered in this area as well as early Roman coins.
Nearby cities: Worcester
Nearby towns: Alcester, Evesham, Malvern, Tewkesbury
Nearby villages: Eckington, Fladbury, Upton upon Severn, Overbury, Peopleton
Have you decided to visit Pershore or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Pershore bed and breakfast (a Pershore B&B or Pershore b and b)
- a Pershore guesthouse
- a Pershore hotel (or motel)
- a Pershore self-catering establishment, or
- other Pershore accommodation