Evesham, St Lawrence's Church
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The lovely 15th century bell tower was originally part of the Abbey, but when the Abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII the tower was purchased for the townsfolk, and served both All Saints and St Lawrence. Over the centuries All Saints became the more favoured church, and St Lawrence fell into disepair.
The building was restored by architect Harvey Eginton for Edward Rudge in 1836, and many of the interiuor furnishings date to the Victorian period. Finally, in 1978 the parishes of St Lawrence and All Saints were merged, and St Lawrence was declared redundant.
Also in the north aisle is carved Green Man in the shape of a lion's head. In 1931 the carving was found in a local cottage garden and returned to the church. It is thought to have come from a monument to Thomas Norton (d. 1513), Abbot of Evesham.
The other major feature of the interior is the chantry chapel dedicated to St Clement, which has wonderful fan vaulting. The chapel dates to some time prior to 1509, and features carvings of a portcullis and Tudor rose symbols.
There are beautiful Gothic windows, particularly the large east window, with its lovely tracery. The communion table is one of the few pre-Victorian features, dating to 1610. In the south aisle is a much worn late medieval font, a copy of which can be found in the chantry chapel.
St Lawrence church is no longer used for regular worship, and is in the hands of the Churches Conservation Trust.
About Evesham, St Lawrence's Church
Address: Market Place, Evesham, Worcestershire, England, WR11 4BG
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: In the town centre, close to the river
Website: Evesham, St Lawrence's Church
Churches Conservation Trust
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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